The voice of Malaysia’s first prime minister on 31st of August 1957 still echoes till this day, even after more than half a century later. It was an important day – a historic day. It was the birth of a new nation in a small peninsular in South East Asia, and its freedom from colonial rule.
Fast forward to 2015, and we will once again, be celebrating our national day (as well as another public holiday). So if you want to show your patriotism for your nation, below are some of the ways that you can celebrate at work:
1. Conjure up some homemade local cuisines and bring them to work
Malaysians have an inseparable relation with food. So what’s more Malaysian than bringing some good old, home-cooked, Malaysian comfort food to work? The fragrant aroma of rendang will overwhelm the office and soon enough, you’ll be surrounded salivating co-workers, all eager to sample your cooking.
2…. And share them with your co-workers
Why eat alone when you can embody the spirit of sharing with your co-workers? After all, celebrating national day isn’t just all about bursting your lungs singing “Negaraku” and waiving the national flag, it’s about experiencing a cohesive and close-knit community together. Plus, sharing good food is part of the Malaysian culture and people tend to prefer home cooked food. The more the merrier.
3. Come to work dressed in the color theme of the Malaysian flag, then take a group photo
Red, white, blue or yellow – it can be a theme at work where everyone dresses in a color of the Malaysian flag. Take a selfie or wefie with your colleagues while you’re at it. And you might just end up with creative shots.
4. Use local products/brands
Try to test yourself by using only locally made products if it’s possible – ranging from the ingredients used in your lunch, to the clothes that you wear – can be both challenging yet fun at the same time. You may be surprised to find the large number of local brands as well as the things that are locally produced and it’ll open your eyes to appreciate certain things even better. Perhaps you might find that local products aren’t as atrocious as how it’s universally perceived.
5. Bring a flag to work
Of course, how else can you show the patriotic spirit that you have for your nation non-other than the conventional flag-waving tradition right? So bring a flag to the office – tie it around you, place it on your desk, place it in your shirt pocket or give it to someone else – the choice is up to you.
6. Bring anything that embodies the Malaysian flag
Use a cup to drink your coffee with a Malaysian flag imprinted on it. Chain a key chain with a Malaysian flag with your car keys. Wear a tie with the Malaysian flag imprinted on it. Put on a collar pin of the Malaysian flag. Heck, while you’re at it, use a Malaysian flag as your desktop wallpaper so that you can stare at it the whole day at work.
7. Shop online
Let’s be clear, I’m not advocating wasting your time surfing the internet when you should be working, but there’s bound to be a ton of sales going on in accordance to the national day celebration, and celebration = discount. You could take complete leverage by shopping online when you need to take those short breaks from work.
You can also order food online because there are plenty of food catering sites online that usually offer promotions and discounts. You can also order for the entire office, that way you at least have a valid reason for abusing the office’s internet. Remember food makes people happy (including your boss) and sharing is caring.