Then, this happened last night,
Malaysia through to AFF Suzuki Cup final after downing Vietnam
I had actually written the national team off after they lost 2-1 in the first leg here.
I thought they could never reverse the deficit in Hanoi and was not even bothered to watch the match.
The news of Malaysia's victory came as I was driving home from work along the MAX highway.
Upon hearing it, I was telling myself, "Hey, the team was so pathetic the other day, but if they can bounced back like that, other Malaysians should then not give up either. We too can bounce back from anything negative in this country."
And of course, I should at my personal level be able to be positive again.
Honestly, I was wondering how the country is to pull through the current situation where among others, oil prices continuing to plummet, the government being battered from all sides and ringgit continuing to shrink in value compared to several other main currencies.
I was worried over the possibility of another severe economic crisis as what happened during the late 1990s.
I was wondering how the administration of DS Najib Razak is to survive and BN under him to convince the voters three years from now at the next general election that the coalition is still the best to lead the country.
In fact, I was wondering whether Najib can survive a possible challenge to his leadership of Umno if the next party elections is to be held as scheduled before the next general election.
Basically, it was doom and gloom all the way.
Earlier in the week, I met some Japanese guys and hanged out with them for a while.
Our conversation inevitably led to politics. One of them who probably read a bit too much of the pro-Pakatan portals started to criticize the government, particularly the policies which lend assistance to the bumiputera.
Normally, I just laugh it off, but somehow, due to my dark mood at that moment, I gave him back a rather rude lecture,
"Imagine this, when you all Japanese were defeated in the Second World War, the Americans who occupied your land decided that you all are bad people and don't want to have anything to do with you all.
"And the Americans were right, you all were quite nasty during the war.
"The Americans then started to bring in a lot of Chinese workers into Japan.
"These Chinese were allowed to live exclusively among themselves and even have their own education system.
"They were also given preferential treatment when it comes to doing business so that they eventually control Japan's economy.
"By the time the Americans wanted to pull out of Japan, the Chinese immigrants have made up about 30 per cent of Japan's population.
"Then the Americans told you all Japanese that if you want to have your country back, you have to accept the Chinese immigrants as citizens and they must be allowed to live the way they were without being integrated into your Japanese society.
"What do you think would had happened then?"
There was quite a long pause as the Japanese guys tried to find an answer.
"No, it didn't happened that way. The Americans would never had done that to us," said the smart guy who had earlier been criticizing Malaysia.
|Japanese children with American aid packages which prevented them from starving right after the war|
Anyway, since now I'm feeling a bit more cheerful that Malaysia is Boleh again due to the victory in Hanoi, I think I will keep reminding myself that the fight is not yet over.
Must try till the very last.