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The phrase “unity in diversity” refers to the unity of people who have different social statuses religious beliefs, cultural, and demographic differences. Malaysia has been blessed with a diverse range of languages, cultures, and religions.

Today Malaysia is inhabited by over 27 million people, and is made up of ethnic groups of Malays, Chinese, Indians, indigenous and other minority races who live together in relative peace and harmony[1].

Penang, for example is a perfect example of unity in diversity, where we value social harmony. Like what Chief Minister said, there are diverse places of worship, where mosques, churches, temples, and are close to one another.

Penang is also a state that celebrates cultural celebrations all year round. For travelers, who have been to the Pearl of the Orient have testified and immersed themselves in the many vibrant cultural celebrations and colourful festivals in Penang. Like the annual George Town Festival, the Hungry Ghost Festival or Phor Thor during the seventh lunar month is celebrated on a grand scale in Penang, the Penang Bon Odori Festival, Nine Emperor Gods Festival, and Thaipusam.

Recently, marking the Chinese New Year celebration on Jan 15, the Occupy Beach Street (OBS) was also held after a two-year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with 2,500 participants participating in the 5km fun run along Beach Street. Chow, who was the chief guest at the event, joined the flagging off ceremony in front of OCBC Bank alongside state Youth and Sports Committee chairman, Soon Lip Chee.

In addition, the 222-year-old Kapitan Keling Mosque is one of the many notable historical and heritage monuments in George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mosque showcases a stunning fusion of various cultural influences, including Mongolian, Chinese, and Indian, resulting in a unique and exquisite design.

As a symbol of the vibrant diversity of Malaysia, the Kapitan Keling Mosque welcomes visitors from all walks of life. Even non-Muslims can come and explore the beauty of this exceptional mosque architecture.

Malaysia is fortunate to have diverse cultures, languages, and religions. This richness, uniqueness, and diversity have¬†become the cornerstone for the state’s and country’s success in managing ethnic relations by emphasizing tolerance, positive virtues, and cooperation.

 

Footnote:

[1] Sarjit S. G., Ahmad Tarmizi T., & Jayum Anak Jawan. (2015). Unity in diversity: Malaysian experience and approach. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/279311356