MELAKA (Bernama) – The culture of visiting neighbours and friends from other races during their festivals should be revived among children, said Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
He said there was a need to revive the tradition to further enhance unity among the people of various races in the country.
“During my childhood days in the 1970s, comes Chinese New Year, I and my friends will gather and we go to the houses of Chinese families in the village. We would normally go to Ah San’s house and get 20 sen ang pow, while at Yong Hock and Ah Meng’s houses, we get to drink orange juice and eat oranges.
“This culture actually brought us closer to the people of other races in the village and in fact, taught us that there is no racial line that divides us, but now not many children are exposed to this,” he told Bernama here.
Idris said the experience had brought him closer with the people of other races and enabled him to understand them better.
“When I am among the Chinese and Indian community, I don’t feel awkward because I grow up with them. I look at them as my uncles and aunts. This is what we have to revive among our children,” he added.