What is national distress?
When we are invaded.
When nature disaster strike – something huge like the 2004 tsunami.
When food crisis strike – not just temporarily shortage of sugar or cooking oil, but when people started to feel the hunger because of food shortages.
When hyperinflation – not when people chatting in Starbucks complaining about expensive fuel, but when people can’t even afford a cup of coffee at mamak stall.
When people are losing jobs and couldn’t find new jobs. When unemployment is largely due to economic failure and not because of workforce incompetency.
When the police and armed forces turned thugs. Set aside isolated political cases, the cops are still doing their job to fight crimes. Remember this, a few of them have lost their lives, and some of them are still risking theirs, to protect ours.
When democracy is irrelevant. Don’t tell me that our democracy is dead… we are given the rights to vote, and despite not being perfectly fair, we do have the power to determine which parties and people we want to form our government.
If Malaysia is in distress, what should we call other countries like the Philippines or India? For goodness sake I don’t even think the likes of Philippines and India are in distress yet, let alone Malaysia?
My rants are in respond to three famous yet too pampered Malaysian bloggers who propagate to hang the national flag upside down during the month of August as a signal of national distress. Seriously, WTF.
Jalur Gemilang belongs to the country, the people, and not just the government. The government might be doing some lousy jobs, but there are millions of Malaysians who are working hard to make a living and to make the country a better place… and the flag is our pride and should not be ridiculed. Period.