Since the very first few “Merdeka!” chants on 31 August 1957 at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (then Federation of Malaya, before the merger with Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore) has been independent from British colonial rule. The popular line of thinking ever since was that despite having extricated ourselves from their control, culturally we are still very dependent on Western ideals. Being the liberals we are, here’s a JUICE alternative to that belief; what if we proposed that there were something more pertinent to your independence than supposed Westernisation of Asian values?
Malaysians are free from the rule of others, but still very much under the scrutiny and laws of our own. This month, JUICE looks at 3 movements whose existence was born from the restriction put on their personal freedom. To quote Marxist rap group The Coup, we are here to “laugh, love, f*ck, and drink liquor; and help make a revolution!”