Keeping the Malaysian spirit alive amidst the pandemic

Malaysia Day on Sept 16 is a better day to celebrate than the National Day on Aug 31.

Sep 18, 2021

Malaysia Day on Sept 16 is a better day to celebrate than the National Day on Aug 31.

This is because Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak achieved their independence at different times. Sarawak should focus on July 22.

However, now the pandemic is taking over our celebration. During this time, we should celebrate our country by being united in prayer. Let us focus on the seven mountains prayer to help Malaysia to heal from this pandemic.

The seven mountains are Religion, Government, Media, Business, Education, Family and Entertainment. They need to be healed. By having this prayer, we will be keeping our Malaysian spirit alive in the air. — Adler bin Hilary Laisak, Sibu

We can raise our national flags at our home. We can also be part of the various Malaysia Day activities organised by our school, our community or even by NGOs. By doing this, we are showing our love towards our country. We need to stand by our country at any time specifically during this pandemic!! — Jason Ashwin a/l Melvin, Church of the Immaculate Conception, JB

Many of us are feeling excited to renew our patriotic spirit to celebrate Malaysia Day. Although the celebration usually is celebrated grandly, this year the pandemic has taught us that not everything in life stays as it is. It is devastating that many people, especially children, will not be able to experience the celebration from a young age due to this pandemic.

However, there are ways on how we can keep the Malaysian spirit alive because at the end of the day it is all about showing appreciation, love, and pride for our country. One of the ways are dressing up in colours of our Malaysian flag, wearing colours of the Jalur Gemilang can uplift your patriotic spirit to celebrate this day. You can also have a patriotic themed karaoke party at home with your family. Not only that, but you can also hang the Jalur Gemilang at the entrance of your house to show solidarity and respect to the country.

Since this pandemic has popularised social media platforms which many people use for many reasons, you can also take Malaysia Day themed pictures or videos and post it on any social media platform such as Instagram or Facebook to keep the spirit alive amidst the pandemic. — Merissa Ashley Sebastian, Church of St Anne, Port Klang

Many years ago, the spirit of Merdeka among the people came naturally, as if it had always been there. But this year, it has not been easy, since combating the pandemic is more vital. We find ourselves wondering what our next move is since COVID-19 has taken so many lives and many are in pain.

Nevertheless, the humanity shown towards one another is a way of showing that the Merdeka spirit is still alive. In 64 years of living in a multiracial country, ‘togetherness’ has always been in our blood. That is what Merdeka is all about. The spirit of Merdeka which involves caring, sharing and cooperating with one another must live on, even if it is just in our hearts. We are responsible for continuing to strengthen this spirit in our actions and thoughts. Dear fellow Malaysians, Happy Malaysia Day! — Rosanna Roshini Martin, Penang

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