Monday, August 31, 2009

Preserve the Multi-Racial Society

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



Blogger Irtiyah said...


I hope we can live in peacefulness forever. Hidup dengan aman.

I prove it.. by one of many ways.. come to my blog and take your awards.

[sorry for my broken english]

31 August, 2009 23:55  
Blogger foongpc said...

Happy Merdeka! I think we are mostly united. I have no problems with my Malay and Indian friends,. It's only the politicians who created all these racial problems!

01 September, 2009 00:39  
Blogger Borneo Falcon said...

It's sad to see nothing much had changed after 52 years

01 September, 2009 10:21  
Blogger Kev said...

Yes, we can grow. However, the growth has been to a certain extent stunted for over 50 years because of the same mentality - racism, disrespect, extremism, greed and crave for power.

Like what foongpc said, politicians create racial problems; i'd like to add that their followers are 2x5 too.

01 September, 2009 10:39  
Blogger MiChi said...

You are staying in Taman Desa?! haha...which part oh? maybe can pump into you one day...

Sigh... Malaysia... not sure how long we can stay here

01 September, 2009 11:45  
Blogger TZ said...

Just wondered is 1Malaysia effective? What do our prime minister mean about 1Malaysia? Contribute to build the country as 1Malaysia but not able to enjoy it as 1Malaysia?

Confuse! Confuse! and Confuse!... but Who Cares? Just talk talk only... blek~

03 September, 2009 12:10  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

irtiyah - thanks. we believe that m'sia can be peaceful if people are not selfish for their own gain

foong - yeah, the politicians are creating the ruckus for no reason but just for their own benefits again

borneo - it will be like that year after year as long as those 'fellas' brains dont change

kev - they dont care abt the nation's growth as a whole. importantly is their own pocket

michi - not sure? u thinking of moving or thinking of when 'these people' will create situation to kick u out?

tz - 1malaysia for who? hehe

12 September, 2009 18:58  

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