The year 2014 is turning out to be our annus horribilis. The phrase, meaning horrible year, was made popular by Queen Elizabeth II. The British monarch was alluding to a number of negative events that happened in 1992, the 40th anniversary of her reign.
With apologies to Her Majesty, I would think that we Malaysians have had it far worse. Three airline disasters, repeated Sabah incursions and kidnappings and, lest we forget, a water rationing exercise that hit the Klang Valley.
In fact, it’s getting increasingly difficult to find good news these days. The nation’s mood, already gloomy because of the MH17 tragedy, has worsened because of the haze that has enveloped many parts of the country.
The latest third missing plane and the flooding all around the country especially on the east coast peninsular hit us more.
But looking at different perspective, I am happy to see pictures many of us donating a lot of money, food, clothes etc to the victims.
It might be tempting for some of us to look back on the headlines of the past year and question the notion of giving thanks today. But we know if any of us gives it just a tiny bit of thought, we will find much for which to be thankful.
Let all Malaysians come together as one to put the "annus horribilis" of 2014 behind us, not by suffering the worst denial syndrome in Malaysian history by denying its existence, but by courageously owning up to the disaster of the past 12 months in nation-building and making a collective new year resolution for 2015
As the year draws to a close, may 2015 be a better year for the country and us. InsyaAllah