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Happy 53rd Birthday, Malaysia!


So, how was your Merdeka celebration?

Did you just coop up at home or at least managed to squeeze in some form of celebration or two?

And if you did- was it enjoyable?

I think it’s about time we’ve progressed beyond the question that many high schools would push to ask: “Was it multiracial? Muhibbah tak?” ‘Cause naturally, it shouldn’t be an issue. It’s not a Merdeka thing. Harmony between our rainbow of races should be an very day practice that requires no conscious effort at all!

And it’s for that exact same reason that I always look forward to our Petronas Merdeka commercials. Racial difference takes a back seat and we celebrate life’s many bittersweet lessons, be it love, teamwork or a memorable childhood.
If I had to choose my favourite Petronas Merdeka ad, it would be this one, where the main theme lies in the importance of teamwork and staying united. There’s just something about the cast that reminds me of Lat’s comic characters which sets it apart from the rest.

PS, have you seen this year’s? It’s pretty darn good I say.
So, mind telling me which is your favourite Merdeka ad?
  • Joshua

    With the passing of the late Yasmin Ahmad, in my personal point of view, the ads this year for merdeka lacks that whole emotional aspect. I'm a sucker for ads that pull at my heartstrings and sadly, no one comes close to what Yasmin has been able to achieve.

    For the Petronas ad, perhaps their inclination towards keeping up with this high-tech era has lost that emotional attachement. But that's just me, hope everyone else has a different opinion on it!

    As for now, happy belated Merdeka everyone!

  • Debbie

    I agree with Joshua about the ads for this year's merdeka lacking the emotional content i was expecting.

    But merdeka is really about unity and those two ads do remind me about the importance of staying united.

    "A successful team beats with one heart"

    After all, unity got us Malaysians to where we are today–53 years of merdeka. Let's keep going (:

    Happy belated merdeka, all of you!

  • Humbugger

    Haha I couldn't buy the whole hi-tech thing either cause it kept reminding me of how high schools wouldn't stop making us think "tech" instead of "art".

    Humour, I definitely enjoy!

  • Jason I WeeMin

    I agree with Joshua about the ads for this year's merdeka lacking the emotional content i was expecting.

    But merdeka is really about unity and those two ads do remind me about the importance of staying united.

    "A successful team beats with one heart"

    After all, unity got us Malaysians to where we are today–53 years of merdeka. Let's keep going (:

    Happy belated merdeka, all of you!

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