Are You Honouring Our Independence?

On Aug. 31, 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj made Malaysian history by announcing our independence at Merdeka Stadium. Every Malaysian knows that Merdeka Day is celebrated on August 31, and it has always been a time to celebrate. The celebration usually starts in early August with a variety of national events, as August is also known as the National Month. Since we were in primary school, we have been taught to respect and honour our country’s independence. We sang the national anthem, Negaraku, every week during assembly, while standing still, and celebrated Merdeka with drawing or colouring contests and more. Right now, are you doing enough to honour Malaysia’s independence and the sacrifice it took, even after you have finished school? If you are not sure how to do so, here are a few ways you can.

First, as a Malaysian, Sejarah (history) is a must-learn as it shows you the evolution and development of Malaysia. It allows us to see how daily life in Malaysia has evolved through time and what factors contributed to that transformation. The contents of Sejarah textbooks also help us in knowing and respecting the people who have made contributions and sacrifices to form our country. Hence, learning Sejarah can prevent history from being repeated. The quote from philosopher George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Although history lessons do not always prevent tragedy, they can provide insight into the current and even the future. So, are you well-versed in Malaysia’s history?

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