Sunday, February 7, 2016
Happy Chinese New Year
Salleh Said Keruak
While Malays say that it is the duty of the non-Malays to understand and show sensitivity to Malay customs, culture, traditions and taboos, it is also the duty of Malays to show the same towards Malaysians of other ethnicities.
Tomorrow, 8th February 2016, is the first day of the Red Monkey Year and is the 4,714th year of the Chinese calendar. The Monkey is the 9th animal in the 12 zodiac signs.
According to the Chinese horoscope, the Monkey Year is good for those born in the Year of the Snake, such as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. The belief is that the Monkey supports and assists the Snake so the year would go by with not much drama.
Some have prophesised that 2016 is going to be a good year for the Prime Minister, which means it is going to be a good year for Malaysia as well. In light of the economic and political crisis sweeping the world we certainly need such ‘good news’ to give us hope.
Anyway, I am not saying that you must believe this but there are some who do. What is more important is that in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia we need to know and understand each other and respect each other’s beliefs and look at the diversity of this country as one of its strengths.
To Malaysians of Chinese ethnicity may I wish you a happy and prosperous new year and may you be showered with wealth and good health. Gong Xi Fa Cai and Selamat Tahun Baru to all Malaysians.