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INDEPENDENT CELEBRATIONS
by TV Smith
31/08/04

I jostled my way into Dataran Merdeka last night, hoping to take part in the annual midnight mass karaoke session. As with previous years, 99% of the enthusiastic crowd gathered there were Malays. As anticipated, 99% of the 99% came on 2-stroke 2-wheelers. Exactly 2 seconds after the last flecks of ash and sulphur from the fireworks drifted down from the heavens, mega hell broke loose. 2 million wolf-whistling, stunt riding motorcyclists took to the streets, waving flags borrowed from the surroundings.

So where were the kialuan Chinese? They congregated at the safe havens of Sunway and Ikano,
I was told. Others celebrated at ever-mushrooming housing estates with pseudo-elitist tags like Prima or Perdana. Jaya is passe after 47 years, it seems.

Driving along Brickfields later, I saw groups of flag brandishing Indian youths leaped dangerously into the path of moving traffic, shouting "Mar-day-kar!" I wondered, what would happen if that car with flags plastered on every square inch ran over one of them?

Mr Bow Tie would have cried us another river if he witnessed the antics of our once-a-year patriots. We need more public holidays and arches. How about Integration Day?

Happy Merdeka, dear readers.

© 2004 TV SMITH
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