I was brought up in a moderate family, in a moderate mixed community and under a moderate education system that attributed Merdeka and national progress to the strive and spirit of brotherhood among race and religion.
Glad that at the height of communal tension in 1969, we remained intact and united. We clad ourselves together and conducted prayers according to our different faith, all for peace and harmony.
When Muslim deviators came during late 70s chanting their slogan 'Islam ditegakkan dengan mata pedang', we told our non-Muslim friends that Islam was not as such.
In Malaysia and around the world, I believe Muslims should understand the true meaning of the 'ayyat', "lakum dinukum waliyaddin".
Its all about mutual respect and recognition between different religions and faith, and the spirit of co-existence along the divide. It calls for sacrifice by individuals to create a better today and tomorrow.
As what Allahyarham Ustaz Hussein and the late Uncle Ramu and Master Goh used to tell us, the children of Moncino - in human relations, there is no talk about race, religion and color.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA KORBAN!