o, rice, tell us ur secret; how do u get on so well with everyone?
one moment u're mingling with a fiery mutton varuval. the next, u're with slices of succulent Ipoh chicken.
and every morning, u never miss meeting up with ikan bilis, sambal and egg for breakfast.
at our big celebrations, u r always there celebrating right along with us.
for raya, u join ur friends to bring us ketupat and lemang
deepavali wouldn't be the same if you didn't put on ur brightest colours to make the kolam
and every chinese new year's eve, u help to bring home family from far and wide.
as for GAwai and Kaamatan, u're the reason everyone is celebrating!
perhaps ur secret is that u don't choose - it doesn't matter if we use chopsticks, fork and spoon or hands. u're just happy to share a meal with us.
today, as we sit down to share a meal with our families, we'll be thinking of just how blesses the last 52 years have been.
and u'll be right there reminding us, once again, about the true secret of our country
that we all share 1 rice bowl - the one filled, grain by grain, by the sacrifice, hard work, and unity of those who came before us.
and we all share 1 responsibility - to continue filling it, together, for those who will cme after.