Friday, August 20, 2010
RACIAL UNITY ~ LESSON FROM MY TRIP TO INDIA
The experience that I am going to share now is about my exposure to a Hindu family in India. With the grace of Allah, I have had the first opportunity to visit an Indian house whose owner is a Hindu. Although I am a Malaysian and Malaysia is known to be a multiracial country whereby Indian ethnic accounted for more than 10% of the population, yet I have had little exposure to the Hindus in Malaysia. In Malaysia, I have never visited a Hindu house and what more to eat food served by a Hindu family. This is rather strange, as I was born and have lived in Malaysia for 55 years, but no Hindu has ever invited me to have a meal in their house and neither do I have ever invited a Hindu to have a meal in my house. Well, I think in Malaysia, I am not the only Malay Muslims who has never entered a Hindu house and eat meals prepared by them. During this recent trip to India however, I visited a Hindu house and was served lunch by a Hindu who happened to be a friend of my travelling companion from Malaysia, who is also a Hindu. Initially I was rather awkward to eat lunch served in a Hindu house but after sometime, I was relieved when I came to know that the meat was bought from a Muslim butcher in Madras.
In order to have a true unity one must have true love towards each other. When everybody has true love between each other then everybody will have trust towards each other. When there is love and trust, there will be unity. For love to build, there must be a lot of positive interactions between the citizens. Malaysians in general however, have little social contacts and interactions between each other even while they are young.
Without communicating and interacting with each other, we may not be able to know each other well and become friends. Without becoming friend to each other, we cannot love each other and without love we cannot have unity. In such circumstances, we tend to harbor ill feeling towards each other and as a result, one race will lose trust towards other races, and this will finally lead to hatred and enmities between the various races in Malaysia.
Dr. Nasoha Saabin
Dean of Faculty of Optometry
International University College of Technology Twintech
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Source : http://mthago.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/racial-unity-lesson-from-my-trip-to-india/#comment-1954