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When Will Kindness Prevail

When Will Kindness Prevail

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Published by SweetCharity77
Wanted in Malaysia: Empathy
Wanted in Malaysia: Empathy

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Published by: SweetCharity77 on Jul 24, 2013
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 When will kindness prevail?
JULY 24, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: JULY 24, 2013 04:48 PM
Security guards patrol at the entrance of Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana today. - The Malaysian Insider pic byNazir Sufari, July 24, 2013.
 Another school fiasco has taken place if the reports about theschoolchildren in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Pristana in Sungai Buloh are correct.The children were required to use the changing room next to the toilet as amakeshift canteen because the canteen itself was closed for the fasting month.Predictably, the DPM has ordered a probe and probably the other education minister will express some regret over the incident. This is not the first time such ugliness hasmarred our school halls.In 2010, the principal of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul RahmanPutra in Johor made it to the news for making racial remarks against her Chineseand Indian students.Typically, in such incidents after the furor has died down all is forgotten.
Then another incident unfolds because Malay and Muslim administrators do not thinknon-Malays and non-Muslims are important enough to be treated with respect anddignity.What has happened is the result of heightened Malay-Muslim consciousness,promoted by politicians and Islamic bureaucrats who-under the cloak of race and insome cases religion or both-want to be identified as champions of their race andreligion.But by invoking false ideologies of patriotism and Islamisation, they have invaded thepublic space and filled the minds of the people with so much indoctrinal nonsensethat some Malays and Muslims have forgotten basic human decency and moralvalues in their interpersonal relationship with others.The process has numbed the conscience of these administrators, a conditiondescribed by our Malay elders as "hilang hati perut".It means they have lost their sense of fairness, empathy and understanding and canno longer appreciate the consequence of their actions on others who do not belongto their group.They simply no longer care enough.These false champions of their race and religion then blame non-Malays and non-Muslims for being insensitive.Just this morning a deputy minister blamed the Chinese for organising a beautycontest knowing about the fatwa issue, implying the Chinese must also follow thefatwa.Some silly bloggers may have given them the ammunition to justify what they say,but by and large, non-Malays and non-Muslims have always been respectful of Malays and Muslims for as long as I can remember.For many years after independence, the Chinese and Indians have always stayed inthe background and known their place under the Malaysian sun.In fact, their reluctance to be involved was interpreted as apathy and unwillingness tobe involved in nation-building.Now, the younger generation wants to have a say and for that they are accused of being ungrateful.
Suddenly, these young Malaysians are being labelled as unpatriotic. A special course on nationhood has been invoked by no less a figure than theRegent of Perak, implying that non-Malays and non-Muslims are found wanting intheir sense of national loyalty.On the contrary, I believe that, if at all, the ones who need to undergo a course onnationhood are Malays and Muslims who have forgotten that there are Malaysianswho are unlike them.I am tired of listening to some of our so-called leaders hand out their prescriptions for what ails the country.The non-Malays and non-Muslims must stand up for their rights; because only thenwill we have a country of equals.The Malays will also benefit from this situation where people are treated as theyshould be treated, with fairness and equanimity.The real culprits for the present day distortion are the Malays who always blame theChinese for their shortcomings, and the false Muslim preachers who teach theMuslims to have an all-consuming fear of God but then conveniently forget that Allahcommands us to look after our fellow beings more than ourselves.What ails the country are these false teachings and false ideologies that are bereft of human decency and dignity, making meaningful relationships among the people of this country difficult to achieve.So on his 60th birthday, can we have our PM (Prime Minister) say and do somethingthat will right the moral compass of good behaviour between Malays and non-Malays?Remove the distorting prism that guides our present actions purely on the basis of race or beliefs.Can we agree that Malaysians of whatever group are human beings first, and thatthey deserve equal and fair treatment? Advanced countries put a premium on developing a caring and compassionatesociety and so should we.

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