Take a breath before posting
I READ the story titled “Sweet Sanctuary For The Elderly” in Star2 (Aug 1) with interest.
For those who might have missed it, it featured an interview with the founder of a worthy charity, the Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, and his dream of building a free home for old folk who need care but have no family and no money.
The founder of the charity is the chief reverend of the big Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur – and that is the only mention of religion in the article.
Though it was not explicitly stated, I assume that old people of every race and any religion will be taken in once this home is built, as the photo on the page shows the reverend in an orphanage that the society runs, and the children in the photo are of obviously different races.
I found this rather refreshing. Way too many times, and in all sorts of situations, we Malaysians divide along religious and racial lines.
Maybe it’s because politicians are so quick to whip out these cards nowadays when speaking to the public (and all the newspapers report it – but I suppose they have to).
Or maybe it’s because we are still “tribal” in our thinking and too immature and ignorant to raise about these divisions?
Take a look at Malaysian forums online; ignore the original topic of discussion and just go to the comments section.
Almost invariably, it seems to me, our comments become rude and vulgar, and inevitably, take on racial and/or religious tones.
We can’t keep blaming institutions, like the education system, or the politicians, or society in general.
We have to take responsibility for our own words and our own ways of thinking.
So even if we don’t approve of something, can we all take a moment, take a breath, before writing hurtful words on social media? Please?