It’s August 31st, 2010, and Malaysia celebrates her 53rd National Day. August is the month I started this blog 5 years ago (albeit using another URL), and at the end of August of that year, I wrote I Love Malaysia. The following year, I was no longer working in an office, I wrote Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-49, writing about how race relations used to be like when I was little. In 2007, I wrote about people’s perception of Malaysians in Selamat Menyambut Kemerdekaan Ke-50.
By 2008, I was already clearly disenchanted with local politics (especially of the politicians on both sides of the fence) that I wrote It’s That Time Of The Year Again Although It Doesn’t Mean Much To Me.
And last year, I wrote Merdeka? which was on how we have become both xenophobic and myopic.
I guess nothing have changed 5 years on. Therefore, I’ll just write about what has happened in August 2010.
During the first week of August, I was on board the rig because there was a safety training conducted for the new crew. At the same time, the project management team worked 24/7 to deliver Malaysia’s first Malaysian-owned and operated drilling rig, and I am proud to say that the rig is now completed and is ready to sail to her first drilling location off the coast of Sabah.
I also managed to meet up with my former Air Force squad mates, some I have not seen in over 20 years. Although only six of us turned up, it was a good meet nevertheless.
The month of Ramadhan came on the second week of August 2010, and my college batch mates and I attended our annual sahur. 27 years since leaving college but we’re still very much in touch with each other. That is what being together for five long years has given us – brotherhood.
The craziest week by far has been the final week of August 2010. First of all was the berbuka session with the Usual Suspects at Tatto, followed by a day-trip down South, also for berbuka.
The best, of course, was the very next day when we went up Genting Highlands to have our berbuka puasa at a good friend’s place. Wifey, Spena, my brother Joe, and my brother-in-law, Shah, were there as well.
And the best was followed by the fireworks display up on the peak of Mount Ulu Kali.
Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-53, Malaysia. Let’s make this country a better place.