Happy Merdeka Day
Jutting out like a teardrop of continent Asia
Peninsula Malaysia lies sheltered
in the embrace of
massive islands of Indonesia, Borneo.
Malaysia – the peninsula and
the Sabah/Sarawak chip of Borneo
shaped into a nation 60 years ago
with promise of being truly Asia.
May the promise live on unfettered
Happy Merdeka Day to all Malaysians.
By R. Sittamparam
Photo caption: Head of History and Visual Arts Appreciation Unit of the Visual Arts Education Department at IPG Kampus Sultan Abdul Halim in Sungai Petani, Kedah, artist N. Ananthan working on a Malaysian mural.