Walked to the nearby small scale Ramadan Bazaar at my residential area to grab those wonderful food prepared by malay stall owners.
During the fasting month for the muslims, food stalls would be set up to cater for the muslims living at the Taman Desa / Taman Danau Desa, a chinese majority area.
Saliva drooling and I was lost in choosing which food to buy for my dinner.
Not more than twenty stalls were there to serve the community. Notice that I mentioned the word community.
The customers comprise all walks of life - the malays, chinese, indians, foreigners and people from out of town.
This pakcik was preparing murtabak (RM2.50) where it was stuffed with chicken and potatoes fillings.
Bought various types of food and food stall owners were smiling and greeting everyone. You'll be amazed with the atmosphere.
Malaysia's uniqueness is in its multi-racial society but there are certain people who are willing and ready to see it destroyed for reasons only known to them. The recent issue of relocating an indian temple prompted anger and hatred in the hearts of certain muslims living in that area and the residents brought a cow's head right up to the Selangor state government's office to protest. To the indians, a cow is sacred to them and by parading the cow's head was really a non-tolerance act.
To this group of people, I'm really amused by your action. Are you foreigners who had just landed on Malaysia? I have been brought up living in the city of Kuala Lumpur amongst people from all walks of life, be they poor, rich, tall, short, fat, thin, a malay, indian, from the Sabah or Sarawak tribes, educated, uneducated, snobbish, unhelpful, grateful ........ and just for this relocation of an indian temple, you are ready to destroy the peacefulness????!?!?!?!
I really need to see your identification cards to see if you are really a Malaysian?
On the positive note, a large number of people from various religious backgrounds offered prayers for the nation in conjunction with Malaysia's 52nd National Day today.
In view of the said incident, our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has to urge the citizens to stay united in his National Day message.
The sad part is when the Prime Minister needs to tell the Malaysians to tear down any divisive walls among the races. Why is that necessary after achieving independence for 52 years?
I really hope that the Prime Minister is true with his words and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has to hold to his words as well. Hishamuddin said that the goverment will take stern action against any group that tries to create racial tension. Let's start with the group that paraded the cow's head last week. Will you? I don't think so.
Will he take action against a particular national malay language newspaper which has published detrimental articles on racial issues lately? No, he won't.
Whether you are from the ruling party or the opposition parties, as long as you are playing a fool with the racial issue it could be devastating as what had happened in former Yugoslavia or Rwanda.
To this day, the short video produced by the late Yasmin Ahmad has captured the hearts of many many Malaysians but not the politicians and/or greedy people - No Barriers Between Children.
Malaysia can grow even stronger but grow only if the Malaysians are willing to stand together and reject such extremisms.
By a Bangsa Malaysia who is proud to be a Malaysian from day one. Glad that Malaysia is celebrating its 52nd Independence Day and let's hope for a better 53rd Independence Day.
Reading: Residents deny cow head role - Malaysia Today
Reading: We have been living together for 52 years - Star
Tags: Ramadan Bazaar, Fasting Month, Kuih-Muih, Murtabak, Multi-Racial Society