It’s no secret that Malaysians, what with its array of races and ethnicities, haven’t exactly been very tolerant with each other, especially when it comes to those of other races. When GE13 came, this racial tension heightened, no thanks to the pathetic mainstream media— and the situation never did improve after.
Then on 8th March 2014, tragedy hit when a Malaysia Airlines flight headed for Beijing vanished and lost contact, together with all 239 of its passengers and crew, mirroring a similar tragedy in 2009 when an AirFrance flight also disappeared. It has been over 48 hours now, and there is still no sign of the flight, although the story of what happened is beginning to unravel— albeit very slowly.
There were many oddities and loose ends to the story, but despite all the chaos and drama surrounding it, it astounded me to see all Malaysians do nothing but pray and hope for the safe return and discovery of the flight. Which begs the question, “What racial intolerance?”
In wake of this tragedy, suddenly, the “Allah” dispute is put far back into the depths of our memories, and politics have become the last thing on anyone’s mind. It is unfortunate that this peace and harmony only came about when faced with something as saddening as the possible loss of 239 people from across the world. Shouldn’t it be like this even during the best of times?
Regardless, I applaud all those who have come to the defense of Malaysia Airlines. Yes, progress at this moment may seem a little bit slow, but I think they are doing the best they can, especially since this is the first time they have been faced with a problem to this degree.
To Malaysians, let us stay united in this difficult time. Put aside all our petty differences and let us storm heaven with our prayers.
And to those who have been speculating based on unreliable blogs or shady news sites, please verify your sources before spreading rumors. Do not give anyone false hope or even the wrong reasons to mourn. To those who have made light of the situation by poking fun of it, don’t. Not now, not ever. 239 lives could potentially be at stake here.
Finally, to everyone else around the world offering their prayers and aid, thank you. It really gives a cynic like me hope, knowing that somewhere out there, kind souls still exist.