Malaysia is one of the countries in the world populated by various racial, ethnic and religion. Malay, Chinese and Indians form the largest ethnics group. Islam is the official religion in Malaysia. However, there are other religions practiced including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and various other tribal religions. Although Malaysian comes from diverse background, there is a unique unity in its diversity.
United by Language Why unity is important? This can be exemplified as if a ship is going to sink and unity being the only solution; we can save the people when we are united. The same goes to our country. Malaysian is united by language. The official language is Bahasa Malaysia. But, most Chinese use Mandarin, Cantonese or Hokkien and Indian speaks Tamil. Although Bahasa Malaysia is the national language, other languages including English language are widely spoken in Malaysia.
United by Rukun Negara and Jalur Gemilang Rukun Negara is our guide for nation building. It is a vision for national unity. Rukun Negara should be respected by all especially younger generation. It is true as the writer said in his article about Jalur Gemilang. It is the most significant identity of our country. In addition, the blue colour of the national flag represents the unity of the different ethnics and races in Malaysia. During the month of August, the Jalur Gemilang is flown throughout the country, office buildings, private homes and vehicles to celebrate the National Day.
Unity through Festive Season Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid ul-Fitr) is the most significant celebration in Malaysia. It is celebrated by all Muslims. To the Chinese, the most important festival is Chinese New Year. Deepavali is celebrated by Hindu faith. One of the most interesting forms of cultural and racial interaction among Malaysians during festive season is the “open house”. All communities will invite their friends and neighbours from different