As we celebrate Merdeka and Malaysia Day, we have much to be thankful for, despite recent divisive controversies.
First, we can still be thankful we have been given a new lease of life in a new Malaysia – though many of the old problems remain. But it is an ongoing project. Politicians may come and go, but the people’s resolve to bring about change, inspired by higher ideals and greater spiritual awareness, is what gives us hope.
Malaysia Baru also brings with it a more wholesome appreciation of what it means to be Malaysian. We need to move from ethnic and religious prejudice to stage two, which is “tolerance”.
From tolerance, we then journey to the third stage, which is acceptance of our diversity and what it means to live in a plural nation.
And from this acceptance, we can then move forward to a celebration of our diversity, the fourth phase – a place where everyone feels included and part of the family, a place where no one is left out. Full article on Aliran website