TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING; CAN IT MAKE A PERFECT MATCH?

By- Hesmel Faznee Faisal

Salam, to fellow bloggers and readers of this self pitiful, resentment of the society blog!

I am observing closely on the saga of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church raid conducted by JAIS recently and I prefer to abstain myself from making any derogatory remarks on the said event. By doing this, it replicates my opinion of neither supporting nor objecting the act, but prefer to watch the whole ruckus with a personal opinion which I fancy keeping it to myself.

I let the authorities to do their job and those who are in the know to talk or discuss about it.
 
The most revealing fact in a multi-racial and multi-religious society is that there is no such thing as pure understanding or pure tolerance within us or among us. 

For the last 54 years, the fear of going through another clash, both religious and racial, as what our forefathers had witnessed in the 50’s during the Natrah tragedy (go and open up your history book, Jose!) and the May 13th tragedy in late 60’s are still crawling at the back of our head and this have restrained us from doing any action that might trigger those incident again.

It is what I believed is called “tolerance”. On that note, have we ever thought on the repercussions, should we have exhausted all of the tolerance left inside us?

It is when another element, better known as “understanding” play its part to ensure the rudiment of the original concept of tolerance.

I often have doubt onto what extend do we, Malaysians have full trust on each other, be it a Malay to neither another Malay nor a Chinese to an Indian, vice versa?

How can we expect a smooth sailing of the craft named Malaysia brazing through the rough sea, when the crews are busy quarreling or have doubts on each other?

No doubt there are still loopholes in the concept of 1Malaysia, but what are the efforts been taken by most of us Malaysians to look into it, understand it and provide an idea on ways to solve the loopholes?

That is unless we prefer to remain in our domain and stay it that way. I believed I had mentioned in my previous so called “article” on the precious gem of a country; it’s not how tall our building is or the technology that we are able to procure, but rather the ability to live in a society cherish with solidarity and admirable understanding.

We should not install fear within us. It is important for all of us to have a full understanding on each other through and through, rather than living a society based on “tolerance” and “understanding”.

This is because both elements are easily worn out and can disappear with a blink of an eye. It only takes a silly argument or a heretic to dislodge these two.

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