02 Aug '12, 8am

Of National Day and party ploys - by Mustafa K. Anuar (TMI)

Mustafa K. Anuar The Malaysian Insider Aug 02, 2012 AUG 2 — National symbols are — at the risk of sounding stupid here — expected to be “national” in character, meaning and appeal so that they are able to attract, and be appreciated, honoured and even jealously guarded by the citizenry concerned. They may range from the Malayan tiger to the national flower or Bunga Raya (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis). And like these national symbols, national institutions such as the National Museum are to evoke a certain kind of collective identity among ordinary Malaysians as a people of a particular nation. The National Museum is supposed to display exhibits that represent the history and cultural heritage of the Malaysian people from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. In other words, anything that is supposed to be “national” should have the capacity to enable ordinary Malay...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2012/08/02/of-national-day-an...

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