Engraving our Destiny

Malaysia Day – Engraving our Destiny on wood.

Malaysia Day, 16 September 1963, marks the formation of the nation of Malaysia. West Malaysia consisted of the states of Peninsula Malaya and East Malaysia consisted of the states of Sabah and Sarawak. So all the states, small or large were included. It is now year 2022. Already 59 years had passed.

Malaysia has faced many challenges since its formation. It’s important to learn from the past in order to make progress for the future. In the early years, when the people were guided by the principles of the Rukun Negara, the nation progressed very well. But when the politicians had influence on the people, much of that progress had become slow.

Nevertheless, even if we seemed to have gone off track many times, I hope we can come back to the right track very soon.

The poem says it very well, “We reap what we sow”. The nation will prosper when we make wise decisions. Below is the poem that I composed just for the occasion:

East and West we grow,
Small and large God bestow,
Engrave destiny our goal,
Contributions by many long ago,
Bore fruit increase much dough,
When deserved recognition treated so,
Artistic technical expertise are gold,
Rukun Negara guidance show,
Misleading politicians we must know,
Avoid diligently as a foe,
Otherwise nation spin like ah-go-go,
Twist and turn progress becomes slow,
Treat people equal as sis and bro,
Love, peace and joy will overflow,
Good, bad, ugly, everybody’s bio,
Tackle issues like a pro,
Then future becomes bright as gold,
Every heart engraved show,
Let our ego run low,
And blessings ignite fresh aglow,
Bless the peacemakers, everyone know,
Holy living is the way to go,
Wake up people, young and old,
We reap what we sow.

For those who does not know, the “Rukun Negara” is a set of principles, called the National Principles which consists of the following:

  • Belief in God
  • Loyalty to the King and Country
  • Supremacy of the Constitution
  • Rules of Law
  • Courtesy and Morality

I used my movable gantry cnc machine to engrave a greeting on masonite board, and wish all Malaysians a Happy Malaysia Day 2022. I have also included the poem, “Engraving Our Destiny” as if the poem were to engraved on a wooden board to show how it will look.