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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bear in mind that wounds do heal but scars remain


THE current tensions in Malaysia is deja vu for me. As I read the papers and watch the TV, it takes me thousands of miles and many years back to my small town in India when I was in my teens.

In a primarily high caste Hindu neighbourhood, ours was the only Muslim home. Living together and sharing the joys and sorrows with our neighbours was the way of life for generations.

For our lives were in no way different from that of our neighbours. Every morning, it was the same: struggling for water when we woke up early to pump water before the supplies dried out, men rushing with empty cans to buy milk before the milkman exhausted the supply, and women struggling to send children to school in pursuit of a better life.

Except for our names and the different ways we prayed to the same God for the same things, there was nothing different about us. Yet on Dec 6, 1992, when Babri Masjid was demolished, we were all forced to realise that we were either Hindus or Muslims. The rest of course is history.

It is my appeal to Malaysians to sincerely care for each other’s beliefs and resolve the differences. For wounds take a long time to heal and they do, but scars remain.

SABA AHMED,
Kuala Lumpur.

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