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Treatment: Friendship

I was having a group outing few days ago celebrating our end of Medical posting. We are having a nice supper at Secret Recipe restaurant, and we are having a very fun karaoke after that. It was a normal thing to do when we finish our posting.

What I want to highlight here is regarding who are they in our group. There are Chinese, Malay, Indian, Dusun, Malay brunei, the point is we are multiracial. Even though, we all having a great time together. And I can tell you that not all of us are from Sabah, most of us from Peninsular Malaysia.

As the problem regarding the use of ‘Allah’ and church burning are getting hotter in the news, we seem not to bother about it. Why is that?

Are this because we are staying in Sabah where we don’t give a damn about every issue they brought up in Peninsular? Are we ignorance? Are we pretending? Are we really what they call 1malaysia?

The answer is, we are all friends. As friendship would not be shaked by some issue such as “who would or not would not use the term Allah” and “ Church attacked!”. We don’t give a damn because we are all friends and we respect each other.

In the end, I guess what they are trying to do to solve this matter would not work. They keep telling people to be 1malaysia but they did not know that the term 1Malaysia is a result and not a process. What we need not is a process that can lead to the end result of 1malaysia. What they do to achieve 1malaysia is to educate people. But what we need is people making friend with each other not order them to be.

I don’t know much about what is happening in Peninsular Malaysia because I am Sabahan. But what I’ve experience when I encountered people from Peninsular is very clear since my first year of study until today. They said to me ‘ Malay would not be friend with chinese, and vice versa and same goes to other race and religion’.
Everyone is pretending to be friend with each other but inside they despise others. I hate thing like this.

I remember when I first enter my school of medicine ( the first time to be inside a place where there is a lot of people from Peninsular), our school want us to be multiracial and every time a lecturer that want enforce this multiracial stuff get in to the class, everyone change their seats and sit beside other races and after the class they went back to their friends. I hate that stuff until today. I was confused at that time but not it is more clear looking to the severity of racial and religion hatred in the news.

The good news is, the same people in my class really change today. At least some of them. They start to be like a Sabahan did. We are all friends in the end after 5 years study in Sabah. 5 years is what it take. But I guess more that this need to make sure they stay like that forever.

Friendship is what we need today. No point asking other to respect other if none of the other is their friend.

P/S: When the issue of the word Allah appear in the news, when it was ban for the catholics, I was not on the Muslim side, because I have catholic friend. So again I stress that friendship is what it take to save Malaysia today.


If we do something bad to them, I would protect them, and if them do something bad to us, I would resist but I would not do bad to them. In the end, people with love will always win.

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