Sunday, 31 August 2008

Merdeka! Are We?

No nice post for National Day this year... because I love Malaysia but I dislike my country...

National Day is the only day in the year where everyone are embracing how happy they are living together in a country.

But this year, despite the lack celebrations due to the cut down cost by the govt (which I 100% support), the message was sent across more effectively (in a bad way)

With a lame copied logo and "ya right...." slogan the people can really see what they should embrace and despise.

Merdeka logo has Taiwanese inspiration

Andrew Ong | Aug 29, 08 5:10pm

The 51st national day logo competition winner Anuar Dan has conceded that his creation was ‘inspired’ by a logo used by the Taiwanese government for its trade awards.

“It was used as a reference during my research,” said Anuar when contacted by Malaysiakini.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini was notified by a reader that Anuar’s creation bore a strong resemblance to the Taiwan Excellence Award logo - used by the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) for several years already.

Anuar stressed despite his references to the Taiwanese logo - which is a registered symbol - he has incorporated many original ideas into his eventual design.

50 percent borrowed

This included the rounded edges along the six lines, the large dots used in the middle and the use of three colours of the Jalur Gemilang, the Malaysian flag.

“At most, I borrowed 50 percent (from the Taiwanese logo).

"If one was to use 100 percent of another person’s design, that would be unacceptable,” he said.

Anuar said that his creation, which resembled three figurines crossing hands, was suitable to represent the spirit of national day as it symbolised national and racial unity.

His national day logo was selected from 800 entries in a government sponsored competition. Anuar was awarded RM10,000 for his work.

Anuar, 48, has been an artist for 25 years and was a former officer in the National Art Gallery.

It's really surprising how they manage to keep the "essence" of the logo and theme song after so many years...

I think even RTM 1 and 2's logo is much more up to date... hmmm

And if you notice, every year they will remind us how hard it was to gain independence, how far we have come and how much we have developed. But is that a right message to send out to the people? Does that mean we can just tuck our hands away and enjoy the "development" we are having now?

So I shall end this ranting with a much more sincere song which I think can send out much more message than all the 51 years of theme song add up together...

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