Bonsai Tree. Photo: Creative Commons.

Malaysians across the country have gone on a quest to find eternal happiness. Fearing threats of being labelled “un-Malaysian” if they show signs of sadness, anger or even irritation, patriotic Malaysians have been searching for the secret to inner peace.

This movement, informally known as Better Malaysian, has spurred many people to buy Self Help books and start nurturing zen gardens with mini bonsai trees. According to a major bookstore chain, the book Chicken Soup For The Soul has now sold out.

“We’ve had people requesting this title non stop,” said a retail assistant at the store. “Other popular titles are Deepak Chopra’s The Power of Now and the full works of Oprah Winfrey.”

This nationwide initiative is believed to have stemmed from recent comments by government ministers. In parliament earlier this week, MP Bung Mokhtar Radin said Asran Osman Rani, Air Asia X CEO should migrate “to a country that he likes” after Asran criticised the newspaper Utusan.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan has also encouraged Malaysians to feel happy. Speaking about new plans to rejuvenate Titiwangsa Park, he said, “I want a place where the ‘rakyat’ can enjoy themselves and be happy instead of going of taking to the streets to demonstrate.”

Following these comments, a patriotic group of Better Malaysian activists gathered outside the headquarters of Astro, demanding that the network air endless re-runs of the classic TV show Happy Days.

Wearing Henry Winkler masks, the protestors refused to leave until somebody reminded them that protests were not a sign of happiness. After that they left quietly, while holding hands and singing The Lion King song, “Hakuna Matata”.

Photo: dougbelshaw, Creative Commons