(Standing in attention to the national anthem – photo source: http://www.malaysianmonarchy.org.my)
The scene was in a hypermarket, at about 10.30 in the morning last Sunday
We were busy with our usual weekly shopping. The shopping cart was almost full with sundry items in one corner and my son on the other, holding tightly his new “Transformer” toy. We were about finish shopping when my wife remembered that we also need to buy some detergent for washing.
I skillfully made a quick u-turn with the shopping cart – a task which was not so easy to do since the cart was laden with items. Making it more difficult was a group of “shopping lane” hoggers blocking my path. They apparently looked lost in deciding whether they should buy cooking oil brand A costing RM2.00 or cooking oil brand B costing RM1.99. Indeed it is a tough call to make.
Anyway, we managed to squeeze out way through the crowd and head for the place where they kept the detergents. As we picking it, suddenly we heard something. Something that was very familiar but it is not something we hear everyday. We heard “Negaraku” played out on the loudspeaker. For a moment, we looked lost ourselves – who on the bloody earth will be playing the national anthem at a busy hypermarket market. Strangely, without realizing it, we dropped what we were doing and almost stood in attention.
Curiously, I looked around and noticed that the rest of the shoppers were minding their own business. Probably they are too busy with their shopping that they failed to hear the national anthem blaring on the loudspeaker. Those who noticed it, started to look lost themselves. Some started to shake their head and went on with their business.
Didn’t they know that it is OUR national anthem on air? Despite the fact that it was played on the wrong time and at the wrong place, people should have at least stood in attention for a while as a respect and thereafter go on with their business. Could not they have done a simple thing like that? What was the problem?
Perhaps before the Government acts on the student for “mocking” the national anthem (but read first the lyrics at Mahaguru58), the Government should check why in this country, many people could not care less about the national anthem (use this simple test – play the national anthem in a crowded place and see the reaction).
Is it because the people are fed up with something?
Don’t Teach Me about Patriotism