And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you, when you were enemies. He brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethren: and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss, He saved you from it.

In this way God makes clear His messages unto you, so that you might find guidance, and that there might grow out of you a community [of people] who invite unto all that is good, and enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong: and it is they, they who shall attain to a happy state.

AL – IMRAN (103 – 104) 


Yesterday 13 women in their 60s who were formmates in the 60s met for  Sunday brunch to honour Sabita Sen Gupta who’s on a home visit from India. It was a wonderfully warm and congenial reunion of  5 Chinese, 4 Indian and 4 Malay friends who laughed and chatted as they strolled down memory lane.

The years may have flown and added a few pounds on our once svelte figures, and grey or brown in our once jet-black pageboys! BUT they certainly have not taken away our spontaneity or made us less enthused about each other. Our middle-aged skin may have sagged, and the crows may have dug their feet deep into the corners of our eyes! BUT our minds have remained as young and bubbly as the taut-faced teenage girls we were all those many dreams and boyfriends ago!

Looking at the Seremban Convent Cronies and seeing how well they got along  who’d think the country would need an artificially created construct like One Malaysia to bring its people together! Who would suspect that all is not well in the nation of Malaysia!

BUT in-between the heaped calories of savouries and sweets,  there was indeed a lingering bitter taste in the mouth as we talked about present times and the divided nation and people that we have become! Much analysis was profferred and many opinions offered!

Politicians with their endless squabbles, racist politicking and rebel-rousing rhetoric are named as the thorns in the nation’s flesh. It is they who are  causing the small wounds of frustration to fester and become gangrenous anger and hatred! It is they who stoke racial sentiments to create smouldering embers that have the potential of bursting into flame if left unattended!

SO it is the cronies and friends like my Convent buddies who must now take the lead and light the way! It is for us ordinary citizens to resow the seeds of racial harmony and  integration that sprouted among us so naturally and were nurtured so fondly and endured so strongly through the years.

Civil society everywhere and at every level must rise to the occasion and fulfil their duty and responsibility to the country of their birth. We cannot afford to stand and stare, or worse still, to criticise and condemn any longer. We cannot add to the overwhelming damage and dangers about to happen.

What ordinary Malaysians everywhere can do is to form Unity Clubs, Integration Clubs or for the trendy, One Malaysia Clubs in your workplace, your profession, your neighbourhood, your community, your family.

If each of us reaches out every day, every week, every month to another Malaysian of a different race or ethnic group – imagine how all-encompassing the Unity Chain will be and how well- consolidated.

A little effort, a small attempt, a tiny gesture of fostering friendship and integration at the personal level is a huge achievement at the national level!

Think about it and do it if you are a truly caring and sincere Malaysian!


1 Response to “”

  1. April 17, 2009 at 2:08 am


    i hope you can achieve success in Unity Chain. Although i may be miles away, my heart are still with all of you.

    Hope to meet up with you when i come home.

    you take care

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