RECENT developments in the country have caused concern for people from all walks of life.
Suddenly, a land which wants to play a meaningful role in the international community and that is well-known among nations in Southeast Asia has gained international attention due to some adverse happenings.
Even ordinary people, who want a quiet and peaceful life while trying to cope with the demands of our time such as placing food on the table, are caught up in different political issues, court trials involving prominent politicians, and
lately, the leak in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah examination.
|There is never a day in which we can read worthwhile news that will lift the spirit of the nation except the many political statements, political slander and accusations, court trials, threats and arguments, among others.
The nation will rise to the challenge when its citizens are united.
There is never a day in which we can read worthwhile news that will lift the spirit of the nation except the many political statements, political slander and accusations, court trials, threats and arguments, among others.
What has become of us, who once boasted of a united and harmonious community which, despite religious, cultural and racial diversities, was a model of racial tolerance and understanding?
We were careless in not preserving this unique combination of beautiful diversities and have allowed many differences to take root and flourish, and which have caused a serious relational dent.
Who has caused or allowed this damage to the fabric of our national unity that was once highly hailed, praised and admired by other nations?
Were we not once exemplary in our acceptance and tolerance of one another without having to use unethical means or showing off our power, whether it was political or otherwise, to put one another down?
I was at a class reunion recently. I deeply appreciate my schoolmates from bygone years coming together to celebrate since leaving high school 43 years ago.
The three main races were present and there was no inkling of any racial, religious or cultural difference, but we sensed openness and comradeship when we began to open up to one another.
We recalled those years in school when we could learn and do things together without the thought of any racial, religious or cultural difference.
Oh, how we miss those years where we could sit and eat without any preconceived ideas or bad feelings for one another.
Generally, this present generation does not know what it means to sit with people of different races and faiths, and to be able to interact and communicate without a second thought to the need to be careful with what we say.
Matters that were not an issue during the early years of the then Malaya, especially the era between the 1950s and the 1970s, are today matters of great sensitivity and everyone must be extremely careful not to utter careless words or say the wrong things.
What has become of us since then? What has caused us to regress to this level of national identity?
I urge Malaysians to come together regardless of racial, religious, and cultural identities to assist in bringing peace and harmony to our community, and politicians should close ranks regardless of political affiliation to work for the common good of the people who have elected them to office.
We have much to gain and much to lose too if we do not pick up the shattered pieces and place them together again.
We cannot afford to be careless or reckless with our speech and action that can cause deep resentment and hatred among the masses.
Malaysia shall rise up to the challenges nationally, regionally and internationally when we are united and peacefully co-existing as fellow Malaysians. Isn’t it time to resolve our differences? Dr Tan Eng Bee, Kajang, Selangor NST Letters 15 SEPTEMBER 2014 @ 8:08 AM