Political and social consensus can sometimes be difficult to achieve – and more so in our plural society. Hence, it is all the more urgent that our political and community leaders firmly call out for moderation to reject the minority extremists’ use of race or religious rhetoric.
Malaysians as a whole need to be mature enough not to jeopardise our unity and harmony, the key foundations of our nation-building process and prosperity.
Genuine acceptance of our diversity brings about unity, the social glue that helps us to create an inclusive society. Ideally, our leaders must focus on practising the principles of justice, accountability and fairness.
This would set the groundwork for Malaysians to develop a genuine acceptance of our citizens’ diversity. The wise mantra that “peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity” is most relevant in our nation. Hence, we must strive to foster the social culture that emphasises the need to be ethnic bridge builders, not ethnic heroes.
SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW
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