Come on, let us re-colour our May 13
I would like to re-colour May 13 to breathe new spirit into the date, to dilute and eventually erase the negative thoughts and replace them with positive meanings and values. We are placing a full page advertisemen this May 13 with a call to re-colour the day.
When reflecting on May 13, 1969, we can blame others for what happened, blame the situation, or we can choose to transform things for the better, to be change agents and constructively fill our hearts and minds on what needs to be done so May 13 does not ever happen again and that no one uses the day to bring about fear and negativity.
What thoughts can we cultivate to make a difference to how May 13 is viewed? What actions can we take to shine a light on this day so it will forever be a day we learn from, a day we strengthen unity in our diversity and recommit to respecting one another and working together?
I believe in re-colouring May 13 with all our brilliant hues, the many diverse peoples that we are, under this one great nation called Malaysia. I believe it is a day to reaffirm our shared values and traditions and rejoice in what unites us. A day for young and old to constructively talk about what makes us one people and how we can remain strong together.
This May 13, I am launching two books available at MPH, Borders, Kinokuniya and newsstands to commemorate the day.
1. A Plea for Empathy, A Quest for Malaysian Unity by Chandra Muzaffar, is a collection of twenty-three articles on Malaysian national unity that appeared in newspapers, magazines and academic journals between 1974 and 2008.
Dr Chandra looks at language, culture, religion, the economy, politics, human rights, education, ethnic accommodation, ethnic conflict and trends in ethnic relations over the decades. The writing embodies the essence of his thoughts on the causes of disunity and the solutions that are possible. (Retail price at RM 39.20 WM)
2. The Quran and I by me is a collection of reflections and childhood memoirs featuring among others, inter-faith and inter-racial friendships and depictions of how the multi-cultural Malaysian setting is fertile ground for personal growth.
The book highlights universal values found in the Quran through daily life experiences and serves as a simple introduction to the Quran. (Retail price RM 36.40 WM)
Please join us and make May 13 a day of unity. Find ways to understand each other better, bring to light our unity in diversity and share your stories with children and young people. Organise gatherings and discussions, Unity parties and kenduri. Or simply take a moment and reflect on where we are today and give thanks; we have much to be grateful for.
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