I READ with interest Sharyn Shufiyan’s article, Why I have not emigrated (Tapestry, Star2, April 27).
I hail from the era when English was the medium of instruction. After the May 13 incident in 1969, my parents sent me to Britain for further studies. Their instructions were for me to stay there, if I wanted to. But I chose to return home. During my schooldays, my best friend was a Malay girl. Our parents knew each other well, and our families would visit each other during festivals and exchange fruits from our trees. We have kept in touch through the years.
My best friend married a Chinese man and their children are brought up integrated in their parents’ cultures.
I believe our society is becoming regressive, rather than progressive. It saddens me that racial overtones are so present today, instead of integration.
It is so easy to just go away - most of my cousins are overseas.
But I am in my 60s now, and I wholeheartedly agree with the late Karpal Singh who said we have to stay and fight.