Let’s make ‘budi bahasa’ a way of life

I WAS having lunch with a former lecturer who had along her teenage daughter, and the girl addressed me as “abang Ming”. No one had ever done so before, and it gave me a warm glow knowing that some of the younger generation today still uphold the value of showing respect for older people.

I know of some younger people who don’t even bother to say good morning or hello let alone address an older person properly – some even say “Eh, you”. This might not be harmful, exactly, but it totally disregards the Malaysian value of respecting seniors.

The concept of “budi bahasa”, or manners, is a staple in our society. But I have seen the decline of budi bahasa and, like a deadly disease, the rot is spreading. I am not asking for much. I am only humbly requesting for everyone to remember to uphold the values of moderation, respect, humility and kindness in our multiracial society. Lest we forget, these are the pillars of nation-building and progress.


Subang Jaya, Selangor

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