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IT has been a week since Malaysia celebrated Hari Kebangsaan 2016 on August 31. Thousands of Malaysian gathered at Dataran Merdeka and celebrated the joyous day commemorating the day the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from the British colonial power.

State level celebrations were also organized throughout Malaysia in the spirit of ‘Sehati Sejiwa”, befitting the theme for the celebration this year. Even the Malaysian embassies and Malaysian Student Associations around the world took the time to celebrate August 31 in their own special way.

However, the celebration was marred by petty and shameful individuals who have nothing better to do then to find faults and negativity about the country and spin it for their personal political gains.

Case in point,  the former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman Khairuddin Abu Hassan (now with BERSATU), Hanif Khatri (Tun Mahathir’s lawyer) and other opposition leaders has fervently demanded Attorney-General (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali to resign for dancing with other VIPs during the National Day celebration at Padang Merdeka. All this because of a shot video of what they claimed showed the AG dancing with a group of ministers.

How, the very act of dancing with friends and colleagues on such a festive day, is interpreted by these narrow minded personalities as an extremely unethical behaviour which will impair Apandi’s judgement as the AG is beyond me.

The Yang diPertuan Agong, Prime Minister, and the Deputy Prime Minister have already left the ceremony. A catchy music was playing in the background. The mood was festive and everyone were obviously happy and enjoyed the parade earlier that morning. So, as any normal Malaysian would do, Apandi let the music take over and danced to the upbeat music. In fact, the whole of Malaysia was taken in by the music and danced while waving the Malaysian flag.

This has nothing to do with ‘favouritism’, ‘unethical’ and ‘irresponsible’ act of an AG, or any of the allegations thrown by Khairuddin and other BERSATU- Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia(GKCM) leadership. They are simply out to make mountains out of mole hill and chasing after cheap publicity.

What will these ‘jokers’ conjure up next? Will the very act of singing with certain personalities mean that you are a co-conspirators in a tangled web of conspiracy theories?

I couldn’t imagine what kind of response netizens will dish out if ever any of BERSATU or GKCM leaders were caught dancing and singing because they were happy.

Eddy Liow is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.



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