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Why my son will leave Malaysia: Even after spending several years overseas, Malaysia remains my home. Even if I were to work overseas, it would only be to polish my CV for a better job offer when I return home to Malaysia.
And I would always return home. Malaysia has done exemplary well in just a short period after her independence in Where some countries fell into anarchy soon after gaining their independence, Malaysia then Malaya had a strong government to steer the country in the correct direction, helped a great deal by the collective support of the people.
But Malaysia today faces a much harder challenge. Yes, we do have a weak and clueless government, eager to please everyone but pleasing no one at the end because Malaysians have now become so polarized in their beliefs and values.
But at the other end of the ring, we also have an equally clueless opposition and who are just as desperate for power as the government are desperate to stay in power.
We the rakyat have become so cynical that we do not even desire to distinguish between the good and the bad, the truth and the lies. The good achievements of the country are mocked and the bad sarcastically hailed. Nothing good the country achieves is seen as good enough or done without the involvement of political conspiracies and hidden motives.
We have become too inward looking to our own race, championing more for our race and less for the common good. Each race is told to unite, be strong, be progressive—and not to be outdone by the other races. Malays and Chinese see themselves as Malays and Chinese first, respectively, and Malaysians second.
No wonder then we remain as ever racist and prejudiced. Contrary to what most cynics believe, we do not need the government or anyone to divide us along racial lines; we will do it ourselves.
It is in our nature. Many moderates and activists such as Marina Mahathir know there is a rot in Malaysia and are fighting against it, but not many of them have identified correctly its exact cause photo from thestar.
Race and religion are two very powerful polarizing agents that will easily divide people into distinct and zealous groups. People will fight and die for their race and religions.
No other agents, apart from nationalism, can induce people to behave in such a manner. Numerous research have revealed that race and religion, as expected, tend to cause people to favor their own group and to discriminate other groups.
A local study by Chuah and his associates infor instance, showed that, of the 96 Malaysian respondents, the Muslims were the most religious and fundamentalist, followed by the Christians, and the Hindus and Buddhists the least. Chuah observed that while race and religion increased cooperation between two people who shared the same race or religion, religion fundamentalism increased out-group prejudice.
In other words, religious people who believe their religion is the only and absolute truth i. We are also seeing increased incidences where the beliefs, values, and demands of one religion are being imposed onto others who do not share the same faith.
Most religions are incompatible with one another. Each religion defends itself as the only truth, the only way we should lead our lives, and the final and only answer.
So, we cannot impose any one religion on others and yet expect no repercussions or indifferent compliance. Race and religion are taboo to any form of questioning. We cannot question race or religion in Malaysia without serious repercussions. We may demand for freedom of speech, but I think many of us will balk at such freedom especially when it includes freedom to question our religion.
We are told to be more scientific and more religious, not realizing that the two are mutually incompatible.
No amount of reconciliation can make both science and religion share the same spot in our mental faculties; we will suffer from cognitive dissonance, a state of mental stress from having two opposing ideas.
Radio station BFM host Aisyah Tajuddin received death and rape threats because of this BFM video satire questioning the need of hudud law in the Kelantan state of Malaysia photo from themalymail. If religion and fundamentalism continues to grow in this country, they will impede scientific progress and rational thinking.
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