Share The Resources Extensively N Gain The Harmony (STRENGTH) “Shila, knock it off. Stop arguing with Geetha. You know you will never win.” That’s my classmate’s comment when she saw me debating the issue on truancy with Geetha. Everyone in our school knows Geetha as the Indian girl who can eloquently speak her mind, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be as good as her. Today, in my speech titled ‘Share The Resources Extensively N Gain The Harmony’, I will explain, why I should be on a par with Geetha.
A very good morning to the wise and honourable judges, teachers and members of the floor.
You must be still wondering why I relate the previous incident with the theme ‘Unity’ for my speech today. Now, listen to this one, my sister had always complained to me that it was impossible for her to beat her friend, Mei Mei in Mathematics. Her logic in it was, and I quote: “Well, you know, the Chinese are always good in Maths. The chance we have in beating them is 0%.” Unquote. The examples I previously mentioned are the common misconceptions we perceive to the different races. What we fail to see is the strong points possessed by these different races should be shared and nurtured to ultimately gain harmony to our country. The strength is to be shared, not envied.
If we keep on labelling certain races to be better, or worse, being worse than us, can we live in unity? We can’t live harmoniously in our multi racial country if we keep on seeing other people’s strength as a threat. The crux of this matter is that, this theory, that certain races are good or bad in certain things has been embedded in our minds since we were young. We fix the same assumptions to the respective races because we’ve been raised in a closed mindset by the previous generation, which have been also raised like so with the generation before that. Crippled by the xenophobia instilled in our ancestor’s bloods from generations ago, rooted by confused feelings during invasions on our country, we did not see those of other races as individuals, but as a member of an ethnicity exclusively.
Sad to say, a handful of groups these days are still culturally ignorant, seeing foreign culture as alien and odd, and sometimes comical, thus widening the gap between races. We need to understand and respect other’s cultures and practises, as being insensitive to them may cause them to be offended, and create a huge division between the many races of this fine nation. We live in a multi – cultural society, where Hari Raya oil lamps are as common as Chinese New Year fireworks and Diwali candles. We shouldn’t look at the differences, but celebrate the happy moments as one nation. There is a reason why Malaysians have open houses during their respective festive times of the year, to share their culture to everyone else! After talking so much on our fear and prejudices to other races, what exactly should we do? Being Malaysians, especially the young generation, we should share one common identity that is being tolerant to each other.
Malaysia is a place to call home, where the nation desires security and prosperity. In order to achieve these, a paradigm shift is necessary. As I have mentioned earlier, we are so used to label certain races to certain traits. This is seen almost everywhere, at school, workplace or in the community. As younger generation, WE should make the changes. We should put a halt to this! To continue living in unity, we should look at our Chinese, Indian or Malay friends as the resources to progress and gain harmony to our country. No more saying that Mei Mei is unbeatable in Maths, instead, she is our best buddy in learning the subject. As for Geetha, we should learn from her how to organize ideas well in speaking.
They can also learn from me something I’m good at, arts. By practising this, not only that we improve ourselves in certain fields, but also help our country to prosper by optimizing each and everyone’s strength. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. We, the young generation, should initiate the journey. We should dare to make a difference. We should stop the dissemination of racial labelling. Our generation should not keep this closed – minded attitude go on. We need to instil this feeling of unity in our generation now, and onto the next. We should approach and also embrace each other openly without any misconceptions created by prejudices.
We should not judge a book by its cover. All of us, no matter what the race, culture or religion, share the same basic things as human beings. In fact, 99.9% of our DNAs are shared, with the 0.1% being the difference in physical appearance and personalities. Do not see this 0.1% as a barrier, but instead like a single puzzle piece. One puzzle piece is unique by itself, but when joined together with other puzzle pieces, it ends up as a beautiful picture. We are all unique but also one, as the human race and a country. Thank you.
Courtney from Study Moose