Being Malaysian

22 08 2007

I am a Malaysian. I was born in 17 July, 1996 in Petaling Jaya. I have been born at a time which I call ‘no-longer in British hands’. I am lucky not to be born when British had Malaysia as a colony, like my grandparents had.

I go to school here and I have lots of Malay, Chinese, Indian and even Kadazan friends here in Malaysia. Also American, British and Danish ones too. I have a friend who lives in Scotland and he loves Malaysia a lot.

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Even though I am a Malay, I have Chinese best friends too.

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Malaysia is a beautiful place. A few of its attractions is the Eye on Malaysia, the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower. These are beautiful buildings but Mama and I won’t be bothered to go to KLCC because theres always too many people so parking and traffic or more likely ‘people’ jam is out of the subject. We also hardly go to the KL Tower but on special occasions such as Atok and Wan’s wedding anniversary, Papa will book a table for us.

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There nice and beautiful places to visit in Malaysia, like recently when I revisited Sabah. There are also a variety of very nice food, anywhere in Malaysia.

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My parents took me places all over Malaysia, like Johor Bahru, Muo, Melaka, Port Dickson, Kuantan, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Alor Star and Langkawi.

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Other then that, the Malay language is the national language in Malaysia, although I don’t master it – I get all the Bahasa Malaysia exams all B’s. Islam is the national religion of Malaysia so the national ‘costume’ is the baju Melayu and the baju kurung and of course the majority ethnic group is the Malays.

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Of course I am a Muslim and I am required to do like other Muslims. I completed my Al Quran exactly on my ninth birthday. My parents told me the official religion for Malaysia is Islam and other people are free to worship other faith freely.

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I am lucky that I recently started to read Lat and I understand more about Malaysians and Malaysia. Its almost too funny all the time!

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By being Malaysian, this is my pledge:

Maka kami, rakyat Malaysia, berikrar, akan menempukan, seluruh tenaga, dan usaha kami, untuk mencapai, cita-cita tersebut, berdasarkan, atas prinsup-prinsip yang berikut:-

Kepercayaan Kepada Tuhan

Kesetiaan Kepada Raja dan Negara

Keluhuran Perlembagaan

Kedaulatan Undang-Undang

Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan

I’ve been overseas a few times, infact almost every year. I enjoyed the all trips abroad. Whenever I see a Malaysian flag or a Malaysian symbol when I am abroad, like the logo of Malaysian Airlines, I feel very happy and proud. Whenever I step in to a Malaysia Airlines aeroplane, I feel the smell, feeling and warmth of Malaysia already and looking forward to coming back to Malaysia.

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My mother drives a national car, the Proton Satria and I am very proud of that. I am also proud of my permanent home, in Malaysian soil.

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Now, we are going to celebrate the 50th year Malaysia was released from the British hands and I am really happy!

Keranamu, Malaysia

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