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Does Malaysia Multi-Ethnics Live in Harmony? Pt. 1

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From the surface it seems fair to answer ‘yes’. Everybody of different ethnics greet with smiles to each other at offices. At shopping mall, a Malay without reluctant throw a big smiley face to a Chinese promoter. A Chinese cashier with full sincerity has a little chat with an Indian customer while bagging the customer’s grocerries. These all show that Malaysia multi-ethnics society live in harmony.

When it comes to Chinese New Year, it is not unusual to witness a grandfather gives ang pau (without prejudice) to a Malay boy who greets him “Gong Xi Fa Chai”. A Malay woman pack some ketupat and rendang from kampung for her Indian collegue during Hari Raya (Eidilfitri) is almost an expected customary. These are the culture of Malaysian society nowadays. Everyone is enjoying everybody’s culture.

It is not weird to see an Indian girl wears baju kurung (a Malay traditional costume). It is also not an out-of-the-ordinary scene when a Malay girl wears cheong-sam (a Chinese traditional costume). Even some of my Malay friends can speak a little bit of Mandarin (good enough to get a reasonably cheap price when bargaining at a Chinese store). One of my Chinese colleagues can also speak a quite of Tamil, though sometimes she receives a big laugh from us. Nonetheless, it is an amusing environment when each of us can share a little bit of our culture with everybody, and really enjoy it!

Aahh… a pleasantville isn’t it? Yes, we Malaysians do live in harmony. But then why sometimes we hear people whispering about racial issues? Why in certain quarters  students of another ethnic cannot have lunch together at same table with another ethnic mates. Even sometimes we read in the newspapers about an ethnic gang beat up another ethnic boy (though this rarely happen). What’s going on?


Written by horizontimur

June 1, 2007 at 7:10 pm

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  1. HT
    Good questions Why can’t we just get on with each other if superficially atleast we can.
    What prevents us?


    Winslie Gomez

    June 1, 2007 at 8:21 pm

  2. well it seems deep understanding between each other is just not there. People may think that they know others well but unfortunately, knowing others’ last names are considered good enough.


    June 4, 2007 at 11:45 am

  3. HT
    How do you propose we change that?

    Winslie Gomez

    June 4, 2007 at 6:38 pm

  4. It is not living harmoniously.

    It is ‘being oblivious’ to the other.

    Wan Saiful

    June 4, 2007 at 11:00 pm

  5. Winslie
    Sorry for the late response… This is what I have always in mind – understanding and knowing each other well, because that what God has told us to do. Please read the translation of ayat # 13 of Surah al-Hujuraat from the Holy al-Quran
    “O Men! Truly We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might get to know (and be kind to) one another. The noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the one most deeply conscious of Him among you (not in accordance with the nobility of lineage or ethnicity). Truly Allah is Most Knowing, Most Aware (of your state and deeds).”
    Unfortunately, we all have forgotten it. Each one of us should get to know everybody despite their religions, skin colors or mother tongues. I believe the Government of Malaysia has tried to get the population of the country to mix with each other through various policies, and it is up to the society to get to know with their fellow citizens.


    June 8, 2007 at 12:02 pm

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    August 9, 2007 at 8:28 am

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    Rueben Obey

    January 17, 2010 at 4:34 am

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