Western culture is a body of knowledge derived from reason that began in Ancient Greece. There and in the Roman civilization it developed until the start of the Middle Ages when it largely vanished from Europe. During the Middle Ages, Western culture resided, instead, in the Arab / Persian world to a modest degree. Today, Western culture has at least some presence in nearly all nations of the world. It does not currently exist, however, anywhere in a perfect and complete form. Wherever Western culture exists, it is at least partially mixed, and often largely mixed with non-Western culture. Western culture represents knowledge developed from the reason that has been made possible because of a vast accumulation of understanding related to human nature, including nature and reality, happiness, rights, individualism and science and technology.
In Malaysia, Western culture came into influence when the Portuguese arrived in Malacca in 1509, and then captured Malacca in 1511. After that, Malacca had continuously fallen into the hands of Dutch, and then the British. The British gave the most impact to our country, as they changed the administration of the Malay States in Peninsular Malaysia. Since then, our people had been exposed to strong influences of the Western culture, for example in our lifestyle, clothings, language, attitude and thinking. Till now, our country is still under the influence of Western culture, mostly the British, as we are still using the English Law as reference for the legislation in our country.
Today, most of the youths in our country are influenced by Western culture. Western culture can be positive, for example, listening of western music and watching western movie can improve our language and increase our knowledge in Science and Technology. We can interact easily with tourist from other countries and leave a good impression to them. On the other hand, Western culture brings more negative effects to our country. Youths learn how to smoke, gang-fight, get addict to drugs that are part of the western culture. The media holds a large responsibility in this matter, as most of the youths learn bad habits through music videos, dramas and movies. Western culture definitely brings more negative effect to our country. Youths start to lose their own identity and culture of their own races and are easily influenced by the negative culture.
It is believed youths liked to imitate and quickly affected by something that is considered attractive or fun. They have the attitude to try something new without thinking of the consequences that will follow. Among the evolving aspects of life including pre-marital sex. Youths love to mimic the way Western people live as seen on television. Therefore, the number of youths who dare to have pre-marital sex are boiled up to the point of having sex at a very young age. Surely this is not suitable for a Muslim country. Even the western older generation will disapprove of such act. Rise in the popularity of a sex and booze culture is a worrying trend in Malaysia. It is becoming gradually acceptable that clubbing, binge drinking and casual sex is an acceptable way of life for a small but growing number of youth. This lifestyle fuelled in part by the growing financial means with sources of income from dual-income families, as well as their personal earnings from part time work, the Malaysian youth has relatively high expendable income. Courtesy of MTV and the Internet showing the rising influence of the western culture of liberal expression; attitudes towards sex and booze are becoming lax. While there have been various campaigns initiated by the government to educate these young people about the consequence of casual sex, i.e. risk of Sexually transmitted Diseases (STD) and Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the care-free attitude of a particular group of youth is a major source of...