I was a 10 year old schoolboy on 31st August 1957 when I first heard the voice of our beloved first prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on the radio, shouting "Merdeka!" several times with fist raised and echoed by thousands of jubilant citizens of the proud new nation at the Merdeka Stadium. The recording of his familiar voice has reverberated the airwaves on radio and TV for the past 49 years each time we celebrate the country's Independence Day.
Therefore it was with profound horror and disgust for me when I heard on the car radio the Tunku's familiar voice being replaced by the voice of a much younger persona, DPM Dato Najib Tun Razak during the run up to the Ijok by election recently. I believe Najib was only 4 years old when the country achieved independence and the joke is probably he is unaware of this rather juvenile attempt to distort history and fool the younger voters. Maybe it was just the work of some mindless ball carriers in RTM.
Now that the country is approaching its 50th year of merdeka, I am rather disturbed that lately there have been attempts by misguided youngsters to glorify the then DPM Tun Razak instead. If this is just to belittle or even negate the late Tunku's achievements then it is in very bad taste. Some of our younger leaders should realize that they are in their present exalted positions more because of their fathers' or even fathers-in law's names so they should perhaps cease and desist, for their shameful acts are indeed the unkindest cut of all.
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