To all my Buddhists friends, I wish a Happy Wesak Day. May we continue to live in a country that tolerate religious and racial differences.
Fellow blogger, Fie The Elf (see link on the right), posted her thoughts about our Bangsa Malaysia. It is a good read. She wrote about growing up in Sabah where having friends of a different race/religion was never an issue. But the race/religion thing is treated differently here in Peninsula Malaysia.
I couldn't agree with her more. I grew up in Singapore where I had Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian friends. When I transferred to boarding school in Malaysia, my circle of non-Malay friends dropped to almost nil.
My mother, who grew up in Pontian town, can speak the Hokkien and Teochew dialects fluently. This is because she had Chinese neighbours and friends.
The point that I want to make here is that, to understand about racial and religious tolerance, we have to start out young. That's why I encourage my sons to have more non-Malay friends at school.