Together in hope and prayers

Let unity be the legacy of Flight MH370.

AGAMA kita berlainan tapi doa kita satu… Doa buat MH370 (Our faiths are different, but our prayers are the same.”

The words scrawled in black on a wall at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (picture) stand out starkly among the more colourful messages for MH370.

That is because it hits home hard – no matter who you pray to, it is not difficult to find a common ground, if we want to.

More striking about the writing on the wall is that there are many others expressing the same sentiment – on other walls, on the Internet and in private journals.

The past three weeks have seen Malaysians of different race and religion come together to pray for the passengers and crew of the ill-fated flight. All around the country, we have been speaking as one in hope and prayers, no matter the language.

But do we really need a tragedy before we can reach out to our fellow countrymen?

As Azrul Mohd Khalib, the convener of the Malaysians for Malaysia collective – which has been organising peaceful initiatives to highlight peace and harmony in the country – sees it, we just need to be reminded of what is important in life.

“Lately, we have been petty in terms of what’s important. This incident reminds us what’s important – the people,” he says.

Looking back at past incidents, adds Azrul, it is clear that Malaysians have always come together in times of tragedy, hardship and sorrow.

by Hariati Azizan.

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