Muhibbah Is Not A One Way Street

I once (in my ignorance) asked my late grandfather if he was ever
bothered by the “commotion” coming from the Chinese temple in the
kampung whenever there were those festivities or occassions going
on. What he said in return was something that’s hard for me to
forget, “If they (the Chinese folks) can put up with the azan
(call of prayers) from the mosque every dawn, why can’t we do the
same for them just once in a while?”

That conversation was over a decade ago. The mentality and
tolerance of simple kampung people even as far back as the 50s
and 60s are so much better than some of those who are reputedly
‘better educated and learned’ living in towns and cities these
days it seems. Sad isn’t it?

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  1. Bartholomew

    Iwan – glad you brought this up. The same commotion happened at my apartment block… yes my apartment block in the cosmopolitan heart of Kuala Lumpur. A guy, who looks fit enough to be a muslim cleric in Semarang approached my 3 times to get me to sign off a petition to tear down a Chinese temple that to him, “has been creating noise and disturbs his nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon”. All because the temple hold rehearsals for their dragon dance troupe. The drums can barely be heard, it only lasted less than 2 hours a week and the temple was erected much earlier than the apartment block itself!!! … Now tell me, does this justify for anyone, whether you are a cleric or a PR practitioner working in an IT multinational (ehem!) to sign-off a petition to tear down the temple?

    I totally agree that the tolerance level among races was much higher when my moma and popa sharing their lontong with Ah Kau’s wan ton and Kumari’s rasam.

    Oh well.

  2. YBLalat


    Your grandDad plagiarized what my grandDad once said to me!

    This is an outrage!

    I demand satisfaction!

  3. dJ phuturecybersonique

    a lot of the older folks would’ve said that, not just my grandpa. on the other hand, perhaps we’re long lost relatives? (egaddd!)

  4. AnaSalwa

    You’re right, it’s two-way-street action. Some of us ecpext our Chinese and Indians folks to respect our culture and our way of lives, and yet we are too cocky to make an effort to learn and respect them.

  5. platypus

    Short but nicely put dude …

  6. lyn

    so true…it’s always a two-way thing.sadly,very few embrace that…

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