Children (Do Not) Know Better

Lat’s Cartoon Says It All

Malaysians went to vote last Sunday. Some are happy with the result. Some are unhappy with the result. I’ve stayed out of all the rants as I keep my political view private. I might rant about the government, equally, I rant about the opposition but I try not to reveal who gets my vote… if I am/was eligible to vote.

I tend to ignore all the racist comments that seem to be plaguing the social network and news at the moment as reading the words will only makes me angry and sad.

I’ve been away from Malaysia for a long time and yes, I do look at my life back when I was young with rose tinted lenses. Life was much better and happier back then.

When I think about my school friends and my school years, it always brings a smile to my face. There were Malays, Chinese, Indians, mixed races… but we were all friends. I never thought of us as different races. Back then it was more important to stand together as friends and schoolmates as we had other schools to compete with.

Why can’t that happen now that we are adults?

It does not matter that we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Melanau, etc. We are Malaysians and we should stand together as Malaysians to better ourselves in the eye of the world.

The election result is now final. Barisan Nasional (BN) has the majority. Rather than screaming that the election has not been fair which to some people makes the opposition and their supporters to look like sore losers, why not be the good sportsman and shake the winners hand and look to the future.

BN has the majority but less seats than previous. That meant Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has increase their representative in Parliament, increased voice. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It is a step, may be it small, forward for PR.

It is not a step backwards for BN either. Yes, they might need to step back and reflect on this general election, but once they’ve dissect and digest, they have a choice on how to step forward.

Government and opposition, the people have chosen. It is now your turn to show us what the country means to you.

Malaysians, the election is now done and dusted. It is time to rally together and show the world what the country means to you.

It’s not doom and gloom, it’s not black, it’s not blue… it is what you make of it.

And yes… the children do not know better. They do not know the colour of the skin. There is no Malay, no Chinese, no Indian, no Melanau, no Negrito, etc. You stand proudly under the banner of your school.

So stand proudly under the Jalur Gemilang.


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