Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Moderation and unity can start at home - The STAR

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should invite their friends of different races formakan-makan gatherings at their houses as a reason to mingle, bond and nurture moderation and unity.
Anas Zubedy said the suggestion was part of this year’s #SaySomethingNice campaign that began on National Day. It ends on Malaysia Day on Sept 16.
The annual campaign, founded by Anas, is a movement towards unity in line withThe Star’s “Voices of Moderation” effort.
“We should take the opportunity to host a muhibah gathering,” said Anas, who is Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd managing director. “Do a pot-luck, organise a barbecue, plan a makan-makan with your friends of various backgrounds and their families.
“Such a platform will give the children an opportunity to mix and mingle with people of different races and faiths,” he added.
This idea, he said, was mooted by an ardent advocate of unity, Dr G. Bala.
“As moderate Malaysians, we should work towards making Malaysia better and more united.
“We can start by doing small –meaningful actions like allowing our homes to be the grounds that nurture moderation, unity and love in our children with parents providing the platform,” said Anas, who is one of The Star’s moderate voices.
Malaysian children, he said, were already separated by the schools they went to and the places where they played.
“Because of this, they do not have the chance to get to know one another. Let our homes be the grounds they can engage each other,” said Anas, urging Malaysians to be responsible towards the future ge­neration.
“Let’s make our children love each other better. We want them to be friends, not foes,” he added.

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