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Unity in Diversity

A picture of some medical students with the Malaysian Ambassador to Russia at Kursk State Medical University, Russia

A picture of some medical students with the Malaysian Ambassador to Russia at Kursk State Medical University, Russia

Dressed to kill ? These young and lovely would be doctors are proud to be Malaysians in a foreign country

Dressed to kill ? These young and lovely would be doctors are proud to be Malaysians in a foreign country

Malaysian students performing the Magunatip on Deeparaya Nite at Kursk State Medical University, Russia

Malaysian students performing the Magunatip on Deeparaya Nite at Kursk State Medical University, Russia

Their happy faces after the performance reflecting Unity in Diversity

Their happy faces after the performance reflecting Unity in Diversity

On the local front, it saddens me to hear some disturbing news that local university students in Malaysia are having so much problem with racial intolerance in their respective universities. If I am not mistaken the issues of racial intolerance or that of matters having racial undertones were said to have reared its ugly head again in the UPM campus at Serdang, Selangor where a group of malay undergraduates who were said to have allegedly intimidated and harassed a chinese undergraduate group for having set up a HELP counter for new students without, as alleged, permission from the University Authority.

To me, if indeed the allegation were true, it was a very unfortunate incident in the 50 year history of our nation where we, as Malaysians in a multi-racial country, are supposed to live in harmony, perfectly comfortable in our belief that our rights as citizens of this beautiful country are safely guarded and guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. To all intents and purposes, apart from having to observe the sanctity of the 5 pillars of RUKUN NEGARA, we are supposed to uphold the most sacred theme of ” UNITY IN DIVERSITY” in Malaysia.

I remember when I was studying Marine Biology and Law in the United Kingdom, courtesy of the state Government of Sabah and the British High Commissioner’s Chevening Award in the middle of the 80s, all Malaysian students in our universities, irrespective of race and creed, post and undergraduates would make it a point to celebrate anually a Malaysian Student Night where all of us would proudly be on our best formal or traditional dresses. All of us, I believe, were proud to call ourselves Malaysian and indeed, to show to the whole world then that although Malaysia was a multi-racial and multicultural country, we live in harmony subscribing every moment of our way of life – UNITY IN DIVERSITY !

I truly believe that such a patriotic and caring attitude towards our country and our fellow citizens overseas is still very much alive and embedded in our citizens living or studying abroad. Folks, a collection of photographs posted above tells it all. But the question that still lingers on my mind is: Why is this only happening in a foreign country?

Why can’t it be happening right in our own backyards?

Could we blame the BN Government for this unfortunate incident? i.e. the occurence of racial intolerance in our own country. I don’t particularly think so. In fact, the Government had gone through great length to introduce Race Relation as a subject in the local universities so much so that as recent as 2 years ago, its contents were further amended to improve its eficacy as a taught subject at tertiary level.

Whatever it is, before I end this post, let me quote in verbatim what the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia Chairman, Dr. Yoo Chong Young had to say in his opening speech at the Ambassadors for Peace seminar in Kota Kinabalu yesterday:-

” … Malaysia is a promised land for reconciliation and peace … Malaysia is also special because it is multiracial, multicultural and multi-religious country, Geopolitically, Malaysia has a special symbolic significance… In such a country, we must learn to develop mutual respect, mutual understanding and mutual support in order to make harmony and peace. Only then we can reach mutual prosperity and stability for co-existence….Malaysia would be like a well where one can find a spring of peace…. Only in this way Malaysia can flourish..”

So, folks, what’s gone wrong?

Cheers!

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