The True Spirit of 1Malaysia This Ramadan Season
With the end of Ramadan drawing close, let’s recap some of the heartwarming stories which showcase the spirit of 1Malaysia this Ramadan season.
Heart of gold: Uncle Lim and his adopted Muslim children
74-year-old, Lim Peng Chik from Ipoh was applauded by fellow Malaysians in raising his four adopted Muslim children, two young boys aged 5 and 8 as well as two teenage girls aged 15, from poor families. During the Ramadan season, this elderly man makes it a point to wake up his children in the wee hours of the morning for sahur and ensures they perform their Tarawih prayers at night. All this in addition to sending them to school and bringing them home every day.
In an interview with News Straits Times, Lim said, “the fact that we are of different races and religions does not bother me. I am not asking for anything in return because I am happy to be able to help them and see them happy”.
Surprisingly, Lim revealed that he has been adopting and taking care of children for the past 30 years! He came into contact with these 4 children a few years ago when he lived next door to them in Taman Desa Tambun. “I knew they were struggling to make ends meet. So I helped them by providing them rice, food and drinks, and pocket money. I never had second thoughts about it,” he added.
Lim’s amazing story came to light when he was met by reporters at the handing over of donations to 60 new converts and 20 non-Muslims in conjunction with Ramadan. The programme was organised by the Malaysia Muslims Welfare Organisation (Perkim) of Kampung Paloh Branch with Pertubuhan Mualaf India SeMalaysia (MIRA) at the Paloh mosque in Ipoh, recently.
A chemistry graduate from University Malaya, Uncle Lim has impressive credentials having worked in Singapore and Manila and 20 years of service in the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA).
How Malaysians rallied together for their Muslim brethren to buka puasa on a delayed Kedah ferry
Earlier this month, a ferry from Langkawi Island heading to Kuala Kedah experienced a technical malfunction which required passengers to switch to another ferry and prolonging their journey. The delay also meant that Muslim passengers had to buka puasa on board.
A Facebook post shared by a netizen, Muhammad Nasir Abdul Kadir, revealed that Muslim passengers could only break their fast with water. “Suddenly, a Chinese aunty opened packets of chocolate and passed it to me”, he said. The lady then proceeded to hand out chocolates to other Muslim passengers and reminded those who were fasting that they needed to eat well. Her random act of kindness inspired a male Chinese passenger who got up and offered Nasir some KFC or to give it to others who were breaking their fast. Needless to say, these random acts of kindness moved Nasir to tears. The Facebook post also drew overwhelming response from fellow Malaysians garnering over 5.5K shares to date. The netizen concluded his viral post with these words –“Racism is an individual act and has nothing to do with the race as a whole”.
Dining together as one
A recent post on social media about a non-muslim couple at a local fast food outlet waiting to dine with other Muslim customers drew the attention of fellow Malaysians.
In his Facebook post, Mohd Fuzaimie Faizan recalls how he was approached by a non-Muslim couple at KFC. The Chinese man asked the netizen, “what time are you allowed to eat? Is it 7pm?” to which Mohd Fuzaimie replied that they could only eat at 7.10 pm. The netizen then noticed the Chinese uncle and his partner intentionally not eating and urged them “not to worry and to go ahead and eat”.
Much to Mohd Fuzaimie’s amazement, the Chinese uncle replied, “It’s okay, I can wait, we can eat together” and continued to wait out of respect for other Muslim diners at KFC.
“So uncle, thank you for respecting us Muslims and Malays. You are a very kind man,” Mohd Fuzaimie wrote.
It is always wonderful to read about fellow Malaysians who are shining examples of 1Malaysia!