Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A letter to Malaysia, on its birthday*
* by John Baptist, a groovy man with a groovy name and whose favourite song is "It's a groovy kind of love.".
My beloved country,
We are 47 years old as a nation. Much has been achieved, much more must. By the will of God, we came together, human beings from different geographies but of the same biology. We pledged by a solemn oath to share our future together as a nation of equals, all subject only to God and the rule of law. Let us live true to that oath.
Much time has been wasted on how we are to divide the materialistic wealth of this nation amongst its people. I say ‘wasted’ because ironically, the majority of us purport to be believers of religions that urge us to focus on the hereafter, not on wealth and this world that is temporary. We display very little evidence of bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness as a nation, despite our claim to be religious. We need to change this.
It is never too late. It takes a small body of believers in a cause to alter the course of a nation. And I verily believe that we are not small in numbers, but merely unaware of the true number of us who wish to stand united together, marching along in the path that we collectively desire for our nation and future. We must therefore refuse to be the enemy that we abhor. If we regard racism as an enemy and we rightly should, we should never allow even an ounce of racism to persist within us – remember that a little yeast works through the entire dough. There are many common enemies we share - corruption, crime, discrimination and moral turpitude to name a few. The fastest way to eliminate these enemies is not to allow them to take root in our personal lives. Silence is not an option when things are ill done and we must speak up.
I believe and I urge you to believe, that this change we desire will come. It cannot be held back by the dams of parochial and selfish interests. Those who stand in the way of this change will not succeed. Change may be unsettling but it is a necessary pain, a prelude to genuine progress. Let us persevere and ensure that the means we use are just as pure as the ends we seek. Happy Malaysia Day, my fellow Malaysians. What God has brought together, let no man put asunder.