In the next few hours, we will welcome September 16; another historical day in the annals of this blessed country. For my dear friend and blogger Dr. Rafick of rights2write fame, he celebrates his 44th birthday (I guess). For others,the date bares no significance, and is just another passing day.
For the soldiers, they will be celebrating the Armed Forces Day, which is usually filled with activities.....from parades to religious and social activities.
In 1992, when we were in Cambodia serving the UN on peacekeeping duties, September 16 was the day when troops were preparing themselves for redeployment in preparation for the UN sponsored Cambodian general elections. Nobody took notice of the date being Malaysia Day, and the same goes to Dr. Rafick, who must have forgotten that it was his birthday. Anyway, he was too busy fighting off malaria cases, and the many Cambodian patients that he has to treat.
The five opposition controlled states has decided to declare September 16 a public holiday, and with the next day i.e. September 17 being Nuzul Quran, the anniversary of the revelation of the Quran, some of the states has declared Nuzul Quran a public holiday.
September 16 isn't the day that Anwar Ibrahim will declare himself the PM designate. How unfortunate, and I suppose the Taiwan trip by BN backbenchers must be the spoiler. And the unfortunate thing to happen a day before Malaysia Day was the resignation of the Minister in the PM Department, Dato Zaid Ibrahim over the ISA issue. He had asked Muhyiddin Yassin to resign, but instead he decided to leave first. Isn't the Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan thinking of following in the footstep of Zaid Ibrahim?
With so much of chaos in UMNO, September 16 will not be a blissful day for Pak Lah and Jeanne Danker. The same goes for Najib and Rosmah. What will they being thinking off? Will there be more resignation? And with Muhyiddin standing firm by what he has said, and which must have angered Pak Lah, September 16 may not be his lucky day.
As an ordinary citizen, I know that September 16 is another working day for me, since Wilayah Persekutuan does not declare the day a public holiday. And with Selangor being a public holiday, I know for sure, it will be another rush to work for me at the Kajang train station, early tomorrow September 16.