Sunday, February 15, 2009

Becoming Colour Blind in Malaysia

Lately, we've been treated to all sorts of insinuations and counter insinuations about rights, special privileges, "taboo" subjects including race, ethnicity, religion, etc. etc. The papers have been faithfully carrying out their political masters' views. While on the Net, I have read stuff that give me goosebumps - at the simmering hatred - from both sides of the coin. Many of us ordinary Malaysians, from all backgrounds have become caught in this crossfire started by people with ulterior motives.

Then, I received a mail from a friend who now works overseas and who asked me to publish the following story in this blog. I think it might help us here too. We have forgotten many things. We have let narrow minded bigots to rule our minds and hearts. We need to see things in a larger perspective. Maybe this story will help us rekindle the flame of becoming colour blind:

40 years' worth of thanks

In 1968, a white firefighter saved a black baby girl, touching the heart of a divided city. The two did not meet again. Until yesterday.

From the Boston Globe. Read the full story here: