At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said,В вЂњI praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.В Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.В (Luke 10:21)
I believe that all adults, regardless if they are parents, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, engineers, captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier or even the president of a country…can ALWAYS learn from little children.
Last night, after picking up the kids from the babysitter’s house, I proceeded to look for a place to buy dinner home. The following conversation took place inside the carВ between my five year old boy and I…
Collin: Papa…are we going to tar-pau dinner tonight?
Me: Yes, we are going to Restaurant XXX to buy dinner.
Collin: Which one is Restaurant XXX?
Me: There…the Chinese restaurant…В
Collin: Papa…what is a Chinese restaurant?..
Me: Err….well you know,В where we sometimes buy Caitlynn’s char siew pau and your lin-yoong pau? (approaches Restaurant XXX which happened to be closed that night) aiya….looks like Restaurant XXX is closed.
Collin: Then how wor?
Me: I think we may have to go and buy dinner at the Indi– erm…at the Roti Canai restaurant then..
Collin: Yayyy! Can we have roti canai then?
Me: Of course!
Collin & Caitlynn: Yayyyy!
Sometimes we forget that our children grow up with ‘colour-blindness’ up to a certain age, at least. They do not understand nor comprehend the differences of Malay, Chinese, Indian or other races. To them, they couldn’t care less to even differentiate what type of restaurants we eat in or the what food from which race is being served. Through their eyes, everyone is the same…one colour, one race.
Sadly, it is not easy to remember that WE were ALL like that once too…:-p
Somewhere along the way, our vision gets tainted more and more with the things we read, people we interact with, things we see, personal experiences, etc. until our early childhood’s colour-blindness no longer exists.
It got worse when all these racism slurs gets trending in our country, especially right after the recently concluded General Elections. Some unintelligible mainstream media putting up racial remarks on their headlines, politicians spicing up their election victory speeches with racial connotations, etc. For a country that is projecting itself as moving forward towards becoming a developed nation, these recent incidents is definitely MORE than just a minor roadblock! In fact, it can be argued that we are actually moving BACKWARDS instead! Sadly, it became a WHOLE LOT worse when our country’s leaders seemingly do not oppose or stand up to prevent these remarks from possibly exploding into something unimaginable..
Jadi, apa lagi Cina ini mahu?
For ALL Malaysians to rediscover their childhood colour-blindness…
For ALL Malaysians to look at each other beyond skin colour and races…
For ALL Malaysians to reject all forms of racist remarks and actions…
For ALL Malaysians to build together a country free of racism for our next generation…
For ALL Malaysians to reject racial politics…
For ALL Malaysians to have access to non-politically biased media and press…
For ALL Malaysians to eat in Malaysian restaurants eating Malaysian foods..:-P