New Straits Times - - Letters -

PO­LIT­I­CAL po­lar­i­sa­tion is get­ting worse in our coun­try. The di­vide between the peo­ple has reached record high. On every side, there is ris­ing an­i­mos­ity to­wards one an­other; the pro-gov­ern­ment and the proop­po­si­tion can­not stand one an­other.

We see this di­vide creep­ing into our com­mu­ni­ties. Friends stop be­ing friends, cou­ples doubt each other ’s judg­ment, and par­ents pre­vent their chil­dren from mar­ry­ing some­one who sup­ports a cer­tain party.

It’s fright­en­ing,

On an­other level, our com­mu­ni­ties also have be­come di­vided.

Ac­cord­ing to a CIMB Foun­da­tion study re­leased ear­lier this year, Malaysians have very lit­tle com­mu­ni­ca­tion with peo­ple of other races.

Some 90 per cent of the Malay, 80 per cent of Chi­nese and 70 per cent of Indian re­spon­dents re­ported that al­most all their friends were from the same race.

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