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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Malaysia - Let's Celebrate our Unique Differences!

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh to Muslims reading this and May the Mercy, Peace, Blessings and Guidance of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala be upon the rest.
Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Dear fellow Malaysians,
I wish to draw your attention to something that we all have with us but at times forget about it's importance and significance to our identities as true peace loving, tolerant, color blind, good natured Malaysians.

When I was living in Penang, my home state and epitome of what Malaysia stands for, I used to with pride point out to all the tourists and visitors to the Masjid Kapitan Keling, that the street where the masjid is being the only one in the world that I know of having all 4 major faith's of Malaysia well represented by being all there in the same street and existing in relative peace all these years.

I was the founding Secretary of the Malaysian chapter of the IPCI @ Islamic Propagation Centre International that was established together with my friends in Dakwah , Haji Kamaruddin Abdullah and Haji Mohd.Yassin.

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling @ Pitt Street is the only street that I know of having a Roman Catholic Church at it's end, a Taoist Goddess of Mercy Chinese temple, Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple, the Kapitan Keling Masjid, and ending with another Chinese temple plus the Acheen Street Malay Mosque at it's other end!

Where else in the world would you find such a glorious example of Mankind living in religious tolerance and understanding?

We can be so different and unique in our own separate identities and ethnicities yet have the patience and forbearance of knowing to give some space and room to each other to co-exist and progress together despite being so ethnically, culturally and socially opposite!

This is the spirit that all our people must emulate and never ever forget for if we do , we will only be allowing our future generations to succumb to racial strife and destroy the fragile peace and social agreement we have inherited from our forefathers.

Malaysia's Politicians must remember that we have nowhere else to call home but this blessed land of Malaysia, the birthplace of us , Malays, Chinese, Indians, Orang Asli's, Sabahans and Sarawakians, etcetera.

Both the Barisan Nasional and the Opposition Alliance have a social responsibility to ensure that we do not sink this nation by drilling at race based grudges from underneath!

When Malaysians go to the polls, they vote for the parties that are contesting. We do not care as to who is the candidate as long as the person is worth our vote?

Unfortunately, recent events like vote-buying, state sponsored gangsterism, foul plays have marred the recent by elections in Machap and Ijok. The Malaysian voters need to remember all these when the GE comes into being.

Back to the main objective of this posting. Malaysians need to cherish and appreciate each other's heritage and preserve our individual identities and cultural treasures to remain and be there for our children and the future generations.

I for one always remember and pray for my friends from all walks of life and consisting of all the various races and creed that makes us Malaysians the envy of so many save for the May 13th, 1969 tragedy!

Neoh Hock Seng @ Merah, Sababathy @ Torpedo, Tan Eng Hong @ Bruce Lee, Subahan @ Squeaky, Bob Setiawan @ Indon , Ahmad Fuad @ Hang Tuah, Francis @ now Mohd Farouk, are some of my schoolmates I love and cherish for being themselves!

Class of 76, Sekolah Menengah Abdullah Munshi, Jalan Caunter Hall (now Jalan P.Ramlee), Penang, I salute you guys! May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless and protect you all! Ameen.

We need to realize what a wonderful place we have here in Malaysia and protect it with our life's if we must to avoid seeing it destroyed as many other countries today are falling apart due to wars and internal strifes arising from their failure to protect and preserve their motherland!

Let's celebrate our unique differences and learn to pick and choose our words when discussing with each other unlike some buffoons we have rampaging through our Parliament!

Malaysians! Preserve and uphold our rich heritage and cultures! We can and must do it!

Teach your children well and ensure that they mix well with all other races and creeds. You as the parent can guide them as to what's right ; what's wrong and what's to be avoided.

The future of this nation is in your hands and how you raise your children, the heirs of Malaysia!

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