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Friday, August 20, 2010

LEARN to UNDERSTAND....



Being a multi-racial country, Malaysia has a lot of things to benefit from the different lifestyle.
The three biggest group of race, the Malays, the Chinese and the Indians, have been living together for more than 50 years. That is a long, long, time period... There were no clashes of identity, although a little bit of hiccups do happen once in a while here and there.. But, Malaysians have learned to adapt to live with each other..
As a teacher by profession, I deal with Malaysians with different culture and style of life from my school days until now... And, I would like to share my experience and knowledge to all of you on this simple issue of understanding each other's way of life.. There are sensitive things that you should avoid when you speak to people of different races..
Learn to understand...


1.  The Malays:  Malays are soft hearted people by nature. They are easy to befriend and make friends with. If you offend them, just apologize. They are very easy to forgive and to forget. If you happen to disagree on certain issues when having a discussion, never touch on "ancestors" or their "family".  There is a saying in Malay that says "Pantang datuk nenek..." meaning "Don't ever touch on my ancestors, or you will pay for it..".


2.  The Chinese:  Chinese are very talkative by nature. They sometimes quarrel during meals. In schools, they always like to talk and talk while teachers are teaching. It looks like a mark of disrespect to the teacher teaching in front of the class, but that's their nature. And when you scold them, they just keep on talking...
Never mention the word "Die' or "Death" when scolding them. Chinese by nature, do not like to discuss about death. It is a terrible mistake if you say " Lu mau mati ka?" , or worst still.. "Lu pergi mampus la..". You will land in hot soup if you say that...


3.  The Indians:  Indians cannot stay still. They like to move around and do work. That's their nature. If you want someone to help you do your work, find an Indian guy. He is ever willing to help you...  But, don't ever mention about "broom". Yes, penyapu !! Don't say or take the broom and try to hit them with it. It's a complete insult to them..


4.  The Malaysian Thais:  Quiet group of people. Some are active, some not. Can joint and mix any ethnic group.  But don't touch on their "father's name". Don't call them names... Don't make fun of their names.. Thais don't like it..

If you have children who have all four criteria in them, then your children are Malaysians !!
If all Malaysians have all four criteria in their hearts, then the concept of 1Malaysia will succeed...

These are the few tips from a seasoned teacher to young teachers to follow... You have nothing to lose...
Learn to understand.....
Have a nice day....

1 comment:

5 hensem said...

nice elaborations about this sir! more people like u needed in Malaysia so that we'll be more tougher Malaysian! :)

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