Young Minds On Merdeka

As we mark Merdeka Day on 31 August, we posed some questions on it to students from GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark, Tenby International School Tropicana Aman and St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia. Here are their answers, some candid and others contemplative.

Phoebe Lucy Woodhams 
Age: 5
School: St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia 
Tropicana Gardens
Your advice to ensure peace and unity?
“Everyone should be nice to each other and smile at each other.”
Alithea Jade Pentadu 
Age: 19
School: St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia
Tropicana Gardens
What’s your definition of freedom? “Having the ability to express myself and uphold my religious beliefs. We all have the right to be treated equally, regardless of our race, nationality or religion.”
Merissa 
Age: 14
School: Tenby International School Tropicana Aman
Share your thoughts on Merdeka.
“We must remember those who fought and even gave their lives for the country. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Arianna Ang Kay Shyuan 
Age: 9
School: GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark
Does your school or your family organise anything special on Merdeka Day?  “Merdeka Day falls during our summer term break so we don’t get to celebrate in school. Nonetheless, we learn about it during our Humanities lessons.”
Khairul Ehan Khairul Azman
Age: 9
School: GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark
What do you know about Merdeka Day? “It’s a day where Malaysians come out and display the Jalur Gemilang everywhere. A day to show our love for being citizens of Malaysia.”
Jayanesh Sree Nair 
Age: 11
School: St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia
Tropicana Gardens
Do you have plans to mark Merdeka Day? “If there’s no lockdown, we plan to have a Malaysia-themed party with games, prizes and food galore!”.
Fiona Chamelene 
Age: 14
School: GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark
What do you like most about Malaysia?
“I love the different cultures and variety of food available in the country.”
Chloe and Charlotte Sim 
Age: 15 and 11
School: GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark 
What’s unique about Malaysia?
“Aside from the food, I feel blessed to be surrounded by friends of many diversities. This gives me the opportunity to learn about different cultures.”

Your special message this Merdeka? “Despite these tough times, I hope the spirit of Merdeka is with everyone. Stay safe!”
Muhammad ‘Iz Khairul Azman
Age: 14
School: GEMS International School Tropicana Metropark
What’s your view on freedom?
“Everybody has a choice. To speak their own mind, to make their own decision, to do their own thing.”
Lennox Redmond Pantry
Age: 15
School: St Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia
Tropicana Gardens
What do you think is the simplest way to foster unity?
“By being respectful and practicing kindness all day and every day.”