IS there a necessity to define in no uncertain terms the concepts of "Malaysia-Malaysia" or "Bangsa Malaysia" or, the latest "1Malaysia"? Do we need to politicise it and get entangled in definitions that serve more to confuse than enlighten?
There are many ordinary people who are living concepts of what a Malaysian is. They have been doing it all the time without any fuss or fanfare.
We see them in the Malay teacher teaching Mandarin in a Chinese school, the Chinese or Indian teacher teaching Bahasa Malaysia in a national school, the Chinese staff engrossed in listening to the recital of Quranic verses in a "majlis berkhatan", perhaps not quite understanding the meaning but nevertheless and enchanted by the melodious rendition, the malay and indian staff wholeheartedly helping pupils light lanterns during a moon cakes festival celebration in a chinese school, muslims breaking fast with "Halal" moon cakes in a chinese restaurant in Kota Bahru and Kuala Terengganu, residents of different races in a Rukun Tetangga sector bonded together by the common cause of fighting crime, Malaysians of all races in an international sports meet singing the "Negara-Ku" heartly, eyes focused on the "Jalur Gemilang" fluttering in the wind, hearts filled with pride when a fellow Malaysian stands on the winner's rostrum, and the list goes on.
People are not machines to be steered and programmed to respond and function in a fixed way. People need love, compassion, respect, sensitivity and mutual sharing and caring to function meaningfully to continually improve their quality of life.
dollah yankee- the sender of this email Tam Yong Yuee from Muar,Johore, indeed a true Malaysian, the embodiment of the spirit that we sorely need these days, respectful of fellow malaysians
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