Race and Malaysia

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1 Malaysia
-What is 1 Malaysia? The slogan ‘1 Malaysia’ is designed by Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak. The purpose of 1 Malaysia says it all in the slogan, to unite all Malaysians as 1 and not separated into our own racial groups. -Why do we need racial harmony? For starters, who wants to live in a country full of racism? It’s not like we chose to be the colour we are, to be in the family we’re in. Imagine bringing up that Indian boy in the picture in a Chinese family, that boy would probably be fluent in Mandarin, celebrate Chinese New Year, use chopsticks and eat rice for lunch and dinner every day of the week. But he would still be him, he would still have the same thoughts, the same feelings, the same doubts, the same hopes and dreams he would have if he was brought up in an Indian family. Why the big fuss about being a different race? Set aside our very different cultures and backgrounds, we are all still Malaysians. We are all Malaysians before we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sarawakian or Sabahan. -How can we apply ‘1 Malaysia’ into our lives? We can start by understanding the cultures that we have in Malaysia. Through understanding, we will learn to respect their actions and know why they do what they do. Then only can we accept them as they are. Next, our family has to support this concept with us too. Our parents need to teach us and our siblings the importance of racial harmony and the values we need to have. Following that, we should all have a good relationship with our neighbours. Our neighbourhood is filled with people of different races and religions, if we can make friends with them, we can accept everybody in this country. Schools are said to be a student’s second home, this is why the education system needs to encourage 1 Malaysia as much as our parents need to. Teachers need to practice this concept and treat all students equally. The government can set up more schools like Wawasan in USJ15, where they have a Kebangsaan school, a...
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