A touchy topic indeed which I once upon a time submitted to BlogTalkers which I was once briefly a member of. Yet since the topic came up &, it’s only fair that I gave my 30+20 cents on the issue. The questions is – “How important are the issues of race/ethnicity towards building a stable country/government? And what are your views on immigrants & immigration laws?”
What are you?
I would say it’s sad indeed if you answered the above question by saying you were Malay, Chinese or Indian. Yet is it our fault that we were brought up with much cultural stereotyping whereby all the friends in the stories would always include a Ali, Ah Chong & Muthu. Should not we be more identifiable as Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporeans, Jamaicans or even as just Homo sapiens?
A Helping Hand
A lot actually depends on how large we see the pie as. Will the pie get bigger and bigger if we cut more slices? Or for the rare few, does the pie even matter at all? Look outside the window & see the vast progress shown by countries such as Dubai in recent years. Shouldn’t we be concentrating on of moving forward? Shouldn’t we be working towards stability in all areas? For how can we progress without stability & visioning of the future?
As a plug, I would like to highlight for the non-Malaysians on the blog that it’s her 50th year of independence in 2007. Thus that little plug before shows that many of us despite our cynicism, sacarsm & ‘tak apa’ ism still do actually have pride in our country. And likewise I’m sure citizens of whichever country are proud of their respective countries as well no matter how far from home they may be.
And despite the misleading reports &, a lot of emigration is being seen with many seeking pastures out there due to reasons such as higher pay & a better environment. Yet of course Malaysia herself finds an influx as well. Thus worldwide we see a lot of movement with people everywhere being more mixed up & rojaked culturally & racially. Rather than viewing the grass as greener anywhere, what matters more is our perception & needs. Sort of like picking stocks I guess whereby mere speculation is probably going to do the average Jane or Joe more harm than good. Balance it all up & decide based your head & heart…
There’s the saying that home is where the heart is. As long as one has heart & one perseveres despite the odds. As long as one gives one’s best and fights tooth & nail, yet remains reasonable & accepting of the decisions we have to accept – we will find that we will make the best of each & every situation. For with heart, 3 quarters of the battle is already won.