What Merdeka means to a three year old
"Mummy, look got Merdeka car!" (points to a passing car with a flag) - Excited
"How come that building is full of flags?" - Puzzled
"Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka! (prancing around the house waving hand held flag and singing just like on TV) - Happy
What Merdeka means to a one year old
Knocks mummy's head repeatedly with the hand held flag. ("Ahh... another device to knock Mummy's head with, just like a drumstick.") - Excited
Toddles around the house waving hand held flag, just like his sister. - Happy
"Waaaahhhhhhh!" (Sister tries to snatch hand held flag from him) - Not so Happy.
MG Notes: Looks like the Kibarkan Jalur Gemilang (Fly the Malaysian Flag) campaign is a success..... at least with my kids. It adds a feeling of festivity in the air for the little ones even though they're too young to understand what Merdeka means for now.