Tricia Yeoh

Malaysia Tatler - - CONCIERGE -

The first time I en­coun­tered op­pres­sion is …

when a se­condary school teacher gave dis­crim­i­na­tory re­marks against some Chi­nese stu­dents in my class­room.

From this op­pres­sion, I learnt …

that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween dif­fer­ent races in this coun­try is some­times a frag­ile thing and must be worked on con­stantly—just like any re­la­tion­ship— es­pe­cially if we be­lieve that a united and co­he­sive na­tion is cru­cial for Malaysia’s fu­ture.

From this ex­pe­ri­ence of op­pres­sion, I would change …

the way peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties treat each other. I be­lieve that if we all prac­tise the most basic prin­ci­ples of un­con­di­tional re­spect, hu­mil­ity and un­der­stand­ing towards each other, re­gard­less of our dif­fer­ences, this would earn us deep friend­ships with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

The last time I re­call feel­ing pa­tri­otic …

is when I re­flected upon the di­verse mix of col­leagues and in­terns whom I work with. I ex­pe­ri­enced a most sat­is­fac­tory feel­ing within me, the re­sult of know­ing that it is this pre­cise, unique com­bi­na­tion of in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent back­grounds with vastly dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences, that makes the work that we do truly won­der­ful and ex­cep­tional.

I think the best per­son who rep­re­sents th­ese val­ues is …

Tunku Abdul Rah­man.

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