Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Xmas! - Our Advert tomorrow 22/12 in The Star

Have a Meaningful
ChristmasBro. Lawrence Spitzig’s life (1918-2009) was a reminder of the call to love God; and, to love our neighbours as we would love ourselves.

Do it for Unity:

Can we achieve unity through competitive racial politics?

The political parties we have today are largely racial and religious based. We’ve inherited a divided society from our past. Under British rule we were divided by race, geography, economics and administration. We can recognize this as something from our shared history.

But if we allow our political institutions to remain racial and religious based, we will continue to see ourselves as separate groups instead of a single nation. It is a damaging cycle - as the Rakyat see themselves as belonging to distinct groups, our leaders continue to support what they see as the Rakyat’s vision. The cycle repeats itself. It is a condition in which our political institutions serve to divide rather than unite. Slowly we will deteriorate further into disunity.

We need to stop practicing this detrimental form of politics. The time has come for us to interrupt this vicious cycle. Our vision for the future is unity.

To gain something, we must let go of something else. We must let go of our dependence on racial and religious politics and learn that what will really bring growth to all our people is unity. Stop fighting for only individual groups and start standing up for everyone. Be confident that we can speak for Malaysians - not just for Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, or any other group. Malaysia is the sum of all its Rakyat, all races and religions included.

Let us nurture political institutions that are not based on race or religion.

At zubedy, our programs draw strength from shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

Let’s be first and foremost Malaysian.

Let us add value,
Have a meaningful Christmas
Anas Zubedy

1 comment:

the Razzler said...

Well said .. Anas!

Hope 2011 will be the catalyst to all the wishes & changes that all of us hoped for! :)