Micah Monday: Low Key Merdeka?

I’m sure I’m not the only one observing this, but the build up towards Merdeka Day August 31 and Malaysia Day on September 16 seems rather subdued. Looks like the whole nation is focused on a by-election right now. :-) 

I believe for many concerned citizens of Malaysia of all race and religions (or non-religion), as well as a variety of political persuasions and leanings, what is critical for us is what are the steps we need to take to move towards the future, rather than rehashing the past.

So, this "low-key-ness" perhaps is a sobering pause we need and re-envision the future together.  We at the Micah Mandate hope to get more people moving in that direction, especially Christians.  So using Citizenship as a unifying theme .. but hopefully we can approach is from a variety of of angles.


The Micah Mandate will be running a series of articles on “Citizenship” in August and September and we wish to invite our readers to submit their thoughts, comments, experiences and exhortations with respect to this topic.
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Commentary
Malayness, Religion, and Living Out “Bangsa Malaysia” by TK Tan
“This is why for me, the Prime Minister’s call to avoid open discussion was a disappointing display of leadership. The fact that there is such a gulf between the perceptions and concerns of one group of people and the legitimate issues of another group of people necessitates a lot more open discussions, initiated and led by people who are respected and trusted by both parties… Televise these discussions. So that people may know and understand. The more you hide behind close doors, the more misunderstandings will arise.”
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Commentary
SHUT UP, SIT DOWN AND LISTEN By Evelyn Tung
Evelyn was at the Bar Council Forum on "Conversion to Islam". She writes an eye-witness account and shares her thoughts and feelings about her experience.
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Reflection
10 RELEARNING TO WALK By Koichi Ohtawa
Many have shared that they enjoyed reading, thinking and discussing Ohtawa’s quiet reflections that reveal deep insights into our life and walk as Christians. In this 10th installment, he shares, “One day, on my way home while I was standing and waiting for a traffic signal, I had an insight. I was walking every day only because I had to in order to arrive at my goal. I wondered if perhaps this was not a metaphor for the way I was living my life. I was always thinking about how to finish the task at hand. It had become a way of life to jump from one thing to the next as soon as a task was completed. I recognized meaning in and attributed value to the speed and efficiency with which I could accomplish something.”
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Reflection
God reminds me of His presence through one-sen coins by Andrew Khoo Chin Hock
Everybody have their unique experience of the presence of God. The important thing is to have awareness. Andrew shares his own unique experience of how God helps him to be aware of his presence.
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Commentary
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE “SHOW-CAUSE” LETTER ISSUED TO THE HERALD BY CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
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Commentary
CATHOLIC LAWYERS SOCIETY PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WARNING AND “SHOW CAUSE” LETTERS ISSUED BY THE HOME MINISTRY TO THE HERALD
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