Tuesday, 31 August 2010
FuFu Malaysia Project - I am from Malaysia
FuFu Malaysia Project
24th August - 16th September 2010 | Episode 4
FuFu Malaysia Project - Episode 4 : I am from Malaysia
A month after my graduation, i pursued what i was not expected to pursue. A job at a civil and construction company (or something) after getting a master degree from one of the top and prestigious universities in Japan, a steady income and life, in my head, that was what supposed to be eventually laid out in a golden platter for me.
FuFu Round-the-world trip, May 2007 - April 2008.
Fast rewind, approximately three years ago, i had ticked off my plan to further my research from that list i made in university. So neither did i start working. Of course i did know what life meant and what i wanted in it. I was instead on a new list to fulfill - travel around the world.
Thus, without having any commitment, i decided to jet off on my own to far far away. Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Macao, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Spain), UK, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, from May 2007 till April 2008.
Frankfurt Gay Pride Parade, 17 July 2010.
Had been working in Singapore for half a year later. I then decided to continue pursuing my dream which i didn't get it fulfilled in Japan. I applied for a master course in Urban Agglomerations (better understood as Urban Planning) after visiting a Postgraduate Fair in Kuala Lumpur. Four months before flying to Germany, i touched down Tianjin, China and started my solo two-month-backpacking journey to Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Shan'xi, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong, Hongkong and Macau. And now i am doing my exchange semester in Brazil, Latin America.
Botanic Garden of Curitiba, Brazil, 07 August 2010.
There's no stranger in my wonderFu and beautiFu (FuFu) world but the person i have not met yet. So during all these travels i have done so far, i have been meeting a lot of travellers and passers-by, from all walks of life and all over the globe. The common language we used to communicate is of course English. While moving from one place to another, or when we sit down do the talking, we can't avoid touching the topic of our countries. And i am proud to show them my Malaysia passport.
"Where are you from?", a common question they would definitely ask.
"I'm from Malaysia", proudly i said.
Rewind back to 2002, when i first talked to group of Japanese and my friends, they had no idea where was Malaysia located and how the country looked like. But i found out later, they all knew the "whereabouts" of Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Singapore is well known of its cosmopolitan world city, a leading financial centre and has business-friendly economy system. Whereas Thailand has well established the country as one of the world's popular tourist destinations with its authentic and colourful culture. Indonesia, an Islamic country with world's largest population of Muslims but successfully articulates and promotes the diversity (culture, ethnicity, food, natural resources) that shapes the country.
Malaysia, the Truly Asia. What could i tell them? How should i promote my beloved country? Quota system? Bumiputra privileges? Racial discrimination? The rising temperature of the political scenario? Recent ethnic tensions? No kidding. I am not going to make thing worst. Instead, i would tell them how we, Malaysians have been working together moving the country forward to the world's arena. For examples, Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers (world's tallest twin buildings), Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Serpang F1 Circuit, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-racial country, biodiversity, beaches, Mount Kinabalu, etc.
Probably you may say our achievement could be more than this. But sincerely ask yourself. How much have you been contributing to this country? How often do you or your parents attend PTA (Parents-Teacher Association) meeting? Do you know the height of our highest and World Heritage's Mount Kinabalu? How tall is Petronas Twin Towers? Can you still now fluently sing our national anthem, Negaraku*? Do you able to tell or describe your friends what our flag means? Can you answer all these question correctly? Are you really from Malaysia? Stop complaining and criticizing ! Go study all these from the beginning. Learn how to be a truly Malaysian before telling people that you are from MALAYSIA.
I believe Malaysia has several peacemakers. I am not trying to be one of them (still far away to be a peacemaker). I have many close Malay and Indian friends when i was studying in Japan. We used to hang out together. Especially during the festive seasons, we celebrated Hari Raya Puasa*, Deepavali* and Chinese New Year together happily. We even had a small booth at Hiroshima University Festival, promoting and selling Malaysian food. Day before the festival, we all gathered together, preparing the food. During winter break, we went snowboarding together. Throughout the year, we organised picnic and some sightseeing tours in Japan. They never fail to invite me to join any activity. We care, love, respect and think of each other at anytime. This is what we all Malaysians should do! I am still keeping in touch with them now.
Some of you might argue why FuFu is not staying at Malaysia since he is so patriotic. Well, i was offered to study in Japan. After that, i decided to travel around the world. I always am feeling ashamed because i have been to many countries but not really been exploring Malaysia. You may say it's a lame excuse. But i seriously wanna explore the world as much as i could before i critic Malaysia. Also only with the experiences from everywhere in the world, i could voice out my opinions to improve and push the country forward. By the way, i am going to finish my master degree by next year July. Look forward my return and i will guide you all back to the correct path.
One Malaysia, One FuFu. Raise the national flag. Show your love to Malaysia.
Negaraku* : My country.
Hari Raya Puasa* : Muslims celebrate this festival, marking the culmination of Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting.
Deepavali* : Festival of Lights, this celebration marks the triumph of good over evil celebrated by Hindu community.
p.s. 1 : The union or canton of dark blue represents the unity of the peoples of Malaysia.
p.s. 2 : Hari Raya is just around the corner, remember to deliver the greetings to our Muslim friends.
p.s. 3 : It's 31st August today. Happy Merdeka everyone!
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