Yesterday, I read in the news about a riot that happened in Terengganu. Police were trying to disperse an illegal political gathering at a tourist area when the opposition supporters turned violent against them.
I felt appalled reading it, thinking nothing less but lowly thought about the rioters. Then I left it at that, and thought nothing more of it. To me, it was just a typical PAS or Keadilan supporter thing to do. Very uncivilized.
The while having dinner later that night, I saw more on the news about the riot that left me feeling angry, upset and just at loss for words.
Not only did these people attack police officers, the camera caught them burning Malaysian flags. OUR national flag. A symbol of our country. I just couldn’t believe it. There they were, claiming to be Malaysians, proudly carrying their identity cards in their wallets which was probably sitting in their pockets while they behaved like uneducated men, and gave a shout of triumph as they burned one Malaysian flag after another.
I felt sick to my stomach.
On 31st August, my friends and I joined thousands of others in celebrating Malaysia’s 50th independence day. We were proud to be Malaysians. We happily walked around waving our tiny flags (in my case wearing my big flag t-shirt), and together shouted the triumphant “MERDEKA!” with high spirits. Strangers alike, we all stood side by side and sang Allahyarham Sudirman’s Merdeka song as loud as we could. We weren’t strangers that night, we were all Malaysians.
To see young men who probably all their life grew up on Malaysian soil burn the flag with no sense of shame just shocked me speechless. I felt ashamed, and disturbed. What would tourists think if they happened to see the riot and that stupid act of burning our own country’s flags? What in the world were those stupid rioters thinking?? If they hated the country so much, why not move out? They’d probably retaliate and say it’s not the country they hate, it’s the government but that sure doesn’t justify their act of setting the Jalur Gemilang on fire does it?? If you’re some sort of psycho and really must burn a flag, why dont you do it online or something and not in public places!
If we were to kick them out of the country, do they think ANY other country would want them after knowing that they behave like animals? Takde mana negeri orang lain nak amik korang dok tempat diorang tau tak??
Curses to those who personally set fire on the Malaysian flags. I hope you get punishment as what you deserve.