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Malaysian Pride: 5 Reasons to Be Proud of Our Country

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As we approach our 56th Merdeka this 31st August 2013, it is such a great reminder to us how proud and how grateful we should be that our forefathers should have fought for us – for our independence – that we are able to flourish and enjoy this beautiful tropical country we call our home.

Here are 5 reasons to be proud of our country, as a reminder to all of us that what we have here is amazing:

Malaysia has a great geographical advantage

From when we were in high school, we all learnt that Malaysia is located strategically in geographical terms. We have the great privilege of being protected from certain natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and even volcanoes prior to being surrounded by mountain ranges. On top of that, being a peninsula, Malaysia is a beautifully balanced country with cityscapes, sun and pristine beaches that not only draws tourists but is a huge advantage for us to enjoy.

Malaysia has rich culture and heritage

Being a multi-racial country, Malaysia has become a melting pot of rich cultures intertwined together to form the people we are today. Consisting of influences from Malay, Chinese & Indian primarily, we have created a colourful country of not just abundance in food but also abundance in languages and celebrations. The idea of experiencing each other’s culture everyday may not seem interesting to most of us but if you thought about it a little deeper, it is actually a rare occasion to many. It is indeed an honour for us to be a part of this giant family!

Malaysia has AMAZING FOOD

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD – that’s what all Malaysians can unanimously agree upon to love so dearly about our country. We simply cannot live without our favorite national delicacies and our mamak suppers. How wonderful it is that we can find food around every street corner and at any time of the night? It certainly is something we are all proud of and something we would define Malaysia to be – a food haven. From Chinese cuisines to Indian cuisines all the way to fusion foods, we have nothing to complain about with our full tummies!

Malaysia has great tourist attractions

From KLCC to Pulau Tioman to Legoland, Malaysia have ample attractions for everyone and for any occasion. Looking for sun and sea? We have some of the most reputable beaches in the world. Not a fan of the outdoors? Malaysia has many – maybe even too many – shopping malls carrying famous designers and well-known brands. We even have one of the tallest towers in the world and we are the first in Asia to host Legoland. How awesome does it feel to lift your chin up and say “Yup, that’s my country!”?

Malaysia has bountiful resources

Rich in heritage, rich in culture, rich in food – we may not realize this but we are walking on truly blessed soil. Malaysia is so full with natural resources that many other countries can only hope to have. From petroleum to palm oil, we hold in our hands some of the most desired resources in the world yet sometimes we forget just how precious and valuable our country is. On top of that, we also host some of the most majestic and rare flora and faunas like the Rafflesia flower and the hornbill. We cannot deny that these things do set us apart and it’s great to call Malaysia our home.

Often times we may find ourselves complaining about our humid weather and sometimes we find ourselves wishing to be elsewhere – anywhere but here – but on this Merdeka, let us reflect and remember why Malaysia has been such a perfect home for all of us. The grass may always seem to be greener on the other side, but that’s only because we haven’t taken the time to look beyond the shadow casted over the grass beneath us from which we stand on.

 

Happy Merdeka!

 

Image: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ by Eric Teoh http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericteoh/

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