Hari Raya, as what we Malaysians loosely call Eid Mubarak, is approching very closely to Malaysia’s 54th independence day.

Selamat Hari Raya to all of you, readers. Maaf zahir batin.

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And,

Happy Independence Day.

I dedicate the below mentioned poem to my grandfathers, who fought the war in the namesake of independence of this nation. And they fought well to grant me a wonderful life and in fact, they lived to tell the stories. Now that your time had come, I hope I have shown enough love in return to your endles love and sacrifice.

Please spare some moment to recite Al-Fatihah to those who had died fighting the war for independence.

PAHLAWAN by Usman Awang

jika hilangmu tanpa pusara
jika pusaramu tanpa nama
jika namamu tanpa bunga
penjajah mengatakan engkau derhaka
maka engkaulah pahlawan yang sebenarnya

Gema seabad silam
Inggeris datang meredah Pahang
bersama peluru bersama senapang
membunuh menangkap setiap pejuang

Sungai Semantan berubah merah
bukan sarap hilir ke kuala
bukan rakit mudik ke hulu
arus merahnya menjulang mayat
pahlawan bangsa pahlawan rakyat
tujuh liang dadanya tersayat

Pahlawan!
Untukmu derita untukmu penjara
bukan bintang tersemat di dada
semangatmu api negara berdaulat
namamu terukir di jantung rakyat