Sunday, 11 November 2012

What Remembrance Day in Penang?

I happened to pass by the Cenotaph Memorial at the Esplanade in George Town, Penang, this morning.

Went up to have a closer look but the Cenotaph did not seem to have seen much activity despite today being the 11th day of the 11th month. For the uninitiated, today is Remembrance Day, the day when the world goes quiet to remember the ultimate sacrifices of men who died during periods of conflict, but it is an almost forgotten date in the Malaysian calendar. All I saw at the Cenotaph was a small posy of red and white flowers, left there by some anonymous persons. Sad that this occasion had been forlornly overlooked.

Meanwhile, less than 50 metres away outside the City Hall, under huge billowing tents set up by the authorities, a loud Deepavali open house was gaily in session, graced by the Penang Chief Minister, his State Exco members, the Municipal Council presidents of Penang Island and Province Wellesley, senior officers of State Departments, invited guests and the general public. Sad.

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