This year’s National Day celebration means a lot more to Malaysians as it is the first ever Merdeka celebration under the Pakatan Harapan government. There’s a good feeling not seeing any sign of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (former premier) from this year’s celebration onward. Instead, we got to see Tun Dr Mahathir back as the Prime Minister, accompanied by our first ever female Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah and her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (who will be the next Prime Minister) sitting at the front row together with the King (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong) at the National Day Parade held this morning at Putrajaya.
We certainly deserve more fireworks this year as the bad old regime that has been putting the country in bad shape and slow growth for the past 60 years since independence has gone. It would be glad if we never get to see their return again unless they do really go for a serious change (but I don’t think that will happen). The spirit of patriotism has never been this greater and we can call ourselves proudly as Malaysians now from 9th May this year onward after that historic election that we will never forget.
It has been a long journey for Malaysia to come to this state 61 years after we gained independence from the British. The country is growing steadily ever since. The country’s development pace can be much higher if we have this ‘change’ earlier. Anyway, it’s better late than never. My wish to this ‘New Malaysia’ on this National Day is that it will prosper and excel to much greater height and brighter future ahead (more advanced infrastructure, stronger currency, no more race-based policies and mentality, and a more harmonious society).
On my part, I’m back to Malaysia from Singapore to enjoy this National Day holiday with all Malaysians, and most importantly, to spend some quality time with my family in this slightly longer weekend. I had an awesome seafood buffet dinner with my whole family at Gobo Chit Chat Restaurant in Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur just now. There is a variety of food and its seafood selection is impressive. The awesome part is you can just grab a bucket, fill it in with your favourite seafood and order it to be cooked with any one of the different types of sauces available. They will be served to your table shortly after. Other dishes typically found in any buffet (sushi, steak, rice, pasta, salad, dessert, etc) are also offered. The price is not too high (RM140 for a person) too. I was so full until I felt like I can’t move at all.
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