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BANGI: Students at a “muhibbah” camp here have urged political leaders not to destroy the nation’s harmony, saying they did not want Malaysians to be mired in racial and religious rhetoric.

Aden Tan Shen Yeh, 17, said that Malaysians, after 62 years of independence, should learn to accept and respect the diversity of the country as that formed the nation’s identity in the eyes of the world.

“Malaysia is composed of people of various religions and races, so no one should be labelled with terms that carry certain perceptions. To me, this has been our biggest problem since independence. I really hope that, in the future, Malaysians can handle this problem and become better citizens,” he told FMT.

Tan was a participant of the 2019 Muhibbah Camp held in Sungai Ramal.

A student at a private school, he admitted feeling awkward and nervous when socialising with peers of a different race and religion, adding that he worried he would not be accepted by them.

“I voluntarily got involved in this Muhibbah Camp. Here, I learnt a few words in Jawi, Arab and Tamil. It’s an interesting experience for me because I am out of my comfort zone.”

He said he would not want to see a repeat of the riots of May 13, 1969; it was enough for that dark time to remain as part of the nation’s history and as a lesson for the young generation.

Another participant, Hanis Naqeebah Hasri, 15, said national leaders should serve the country for the benefit of all, and not just champion the rights of one race.

Hanis, a student at a religious school, told FMT that political leaders should not fight among themselves nor raise sensitive issues.

“We live in the same land, we sing the same Negaraku, so work for all Malaysians.

“I never had Chinese or Indian friends. It’s fun for me here because I get to exchange knowledge and share experiences with my other friends. I’m still new in getting to know the other Malaysian communities,” he said.

Hanis’s views were echoed by Vijay Rajah, 16, a student at a vocational college in Perak, who said Malaysia would be “lonely” if it was only inhabited by one race.

“My parents themselves agreed with my wish to join this camp, to mix with friends from other races and religions. I don’t want Malaysians to fight; be friendly, take care of the country’s peace.”

At a separate function today, Federal Territories minister Khalid Samad and deputy minister for Women, Family and Community Development Hannah Yeoh disputed claims about increasing racial and religious tensions under the Pakatan Harapan government

They said the claims were mere opposition ploys to create discord, with Yeoh adding that talk about racial tensions was overstated and “very exaggerated”.

The Muhibbah Camp was organised by Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim) and the Chinese educationist group Dong Zong, two organisations who have often spoken out about issues related to the Malay and Chinese communities.

The three-day camp involves about 80 students from schools around the Klang Valley and is the first to be jointly organised by the two organisations.

Dong Zong committee member Low Chee Chong said national unity should not continue to be perceived as an abstract concept, but should require action to preserve Malaysia’s unique character.

“It gives a chance to the young generation to enjoy our cultural diversity and also to have an awareness to get rid of the mindset of stereotypes and discrimination based on race.

“United we stand, divided we fall,” he added.

Selangor state executive councillor Ng Sze Han said the lack of interaction between people of different races, because of community environment, had led to an increase in distrust among one another.

“An example is the controversy about Jawi calligraphy. This issue has two very different perspectives. For the Malay community, they see that there’s no harm in learning it. For the non-Malay community, however, they assume that Jawi writing is part of an Islamisation process.

“This issue arose because there’s no trust between people of different races — one of the greatest challenges in the new Malaysia. So this camp is very important to prepare a platform for the young generation to have a tolerant attitude,” he said. (Free Malaysia Today)

 Sumber Gambar:- Free Malaysia Today.

Berita Asal:-Jangan musnah keharmonian Malaysia, pelajar beritahu pemimpin politik

BANGI: Pelajar berbilang bangsa dalam sebuah kem muhibah menggesa pemimpin politik tidak memusnahkan keharmonian negara dengan retorik agama dan kaum, susulan kenyataan panas yang disuarakan mereka ketika memperjuangkan hak dan kedudukan sesuatu bangsa seperti isu tulisan jawi.

Pekajar di sebuah sekolah menengah swasta, Aden Tan Shen Yeh, 17, berkata, sebagai anak muda yang bakal mencorak negara pada masa depan, beliau tidak mahu rakyat Malaysia terus terperangkap dalam isu perkauman yang hanya membawa kemudaratan.

Baginya, selepas 62 tahun negara mencapai kemerdekaan, rakyat seharusnya menerima dan menghormati kepelbagaian serta perbezaan yang ada kerana ia merupakan identiti Malaysia di mata dunia.

“Rakyat Malaysia hidup berbilang agama dan kaum, jadi tidak seharusnya melabelkan mana-mana pihak dengan gelaran dan membawa persepsi tertentu terhadap kaum lain seperti Melayu, Cina, India dan lain-lain.

“Bagi saya, inilah masalah terbesar kita sejak merdeka lagi. Saya amat berharap pada masa depan, rakyat Malaysia dapat tangani masalah ini dan menjadi rakyat yang lebih baik,” katanya sewaktu ditemui FMT pada Kem Muhibah 2019 selama 3 hari yang julung kali diadakan di Sungai Ramal dekat sini.

Tan antara kira-kira 80 pelajar berbilang kaum dari Lembah Klang yang menghadiri kem anjuran Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia dan Persekutuan Persatuan Lembaga Pengurus Sekolah Cina Malaysia (Dong Zong), 2 pertubuhan dilihat sering menyuarakan isu berkaitan masyarakat Melayu dan Cina.

Tan mengakui agak takut dan kekok bercampur dengan rakan sebaya dari bangsa dan agama berlainan kerana khuatir tidak diterima mereka.

“Saya secara sukarela melibatkan diri dalam kem muhibah ini. Di sini, saya dapat belajar beberapa perkara berkaitan tulisan jawi, bahasa Arab dan Tamil. Ia pengalaman yang menarik buat saya kerana saya sudah keluar dari zon selesa.”

Katanya, beliau tidak mahu detik dan memori hitam yang dilalui negara pada 13 Mei 1969 berulang.

Baginya, cukuplah kejadian rusuhan kaum yang berlaku itu kekal dalam lipatan sejarah serta dijadikan pedoman buat generasi muda.

Pemimpin politik berkhidmat untuk rakyat.

Pelajar sekolah aliran agama, Hanis Naqeebah Hasri, 15, menasihati pemimpin politik supaya terus berkhidmat kepada rakyat, bukan hanya lantang memperjuangkan nasib serta kedudukan bangsa tertentu.

“Saya tidak pernah ada rakan dari kaum Cina dan India, di sini saya amat seronok kerana dapat bertukar-tukar ilmu dan berkongsi pandangan dengan rakan lain. Saya masih baru dalam mengenali masyarakat Malaysia yang lain.

“Jadi, tidak patut (pemimpin politik bertelagah dan membangkitkan isu sensitif). Kita hidup di atas tanah yang sama, kita menyanyi lagu Negaraku yang sama, maka bekerjalah untuk seluruh rakyat Malaysia,” katanya.

Sokongan sama turut diberikan Vijay Rajah, 16, yang menuntut di sebuah kolej kemahiran di Perak.

Katanya, Malaysia akan menjadi sebuah negara “sunyi” sekiranya hanya didiami satu kaum saja.

“Ibu bapa turut sokong hasrat saya untuk sertai kem ini, bercampur dengan rakan dari kaum dan agama yang berbeza. Saya tidak mahu rakyat Malaysia bergaduh, berbaik-baiklah. Jagalah keamanan negara ini,” katanya.

Perpaduan bukan sekadar konsep

Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat Dong Zong, Lee Chee Chong berkata, beliau tidak mahu perpaduan dalam negara ini terus dianggap satu konsep, sebaliknya tindakan harus diambil untuk memelihara keunikan di Malaysia.

“Ia memberi peluang kepada generasi muda untuk menikmati kepelbagaian budaya dan juga mempunyai kesedaran menyingkirkan pemikiran stereotaip dan diskriminasi berdasarkan kaum. Bersatu kita teguh, bercerai kita roboh,” katanya.

Exco Selangor, Ng Sze Han pula berkata, persekitaran masyarakat yang kurang bergaul dengan kaum dan bangsa lain ketika ini antara punca kepercayaan antara rakyat berbilang kaum semakin melebar.


“Saya beri contoh isu tulisan jawi. Isu ini mempunyai 2 pandangan yang amat berbeza. Bagi komuniti Melayu, mereka berpandangan apa salahnya dipelajari, namun komuniti bukan Melayu beranggapan tulisan jawi merupakan satu proses Islamisasi.

“Isu ini timbul bagi saya kerana tidak ada kepercayaan antara kaum. Bagi saya ini merupakan satu cabaran yang sangat besar bagi Malaysia Baru.

“Jadi, kem ini adalah amat penting untuk menyediakan wadah kepada anak muda supaya mempunyai sikap toleransi,” katanya.

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