What makes Malaysia Malaysia is its diversity and the ability of the people to live harmoniously despite the population being a Rojak of different races and religions.
Watching the four friends as they spend time together at the complex serves as the perfect visualisation of what we Malaysians dream of. Race has never been a barrier for them and they believe it never will.
“I feel like you shouldn’t have a barrier between people of different races,” says Ai Jia. “When you take down that barrier, you make more friends. You have more chances of finding people who click with you. Most of my close friends are people of different races. If I didn’t have friends of different races, I wouldn’t have as many close friends.”
“We don’t see each other as different races, but just as friends,” Chong adds.
They prove that cultural and ethnic differences do not matter nearly as much as the people themselves.
“I feel lucky to be in a country with so many different races. We always make sure to respect each other. That is the key to staying united. We can exchange cultures, ideas, food, stories…and best of all, we get holidays for every festival!” Anne exclaims.
“Every time it’s Chinese New Year, I’ll go to Chong’s house and get free Ang Pau. Hari Raya also I’ll be going to Anne’s house,” says Ruwan.