This year I visited a small temple in the vicinity of my house to avoid traffic congestion. I was surprised to find, with the arrival of the abbot and his dharma preaching, this quiet temple had been transformed. I was also surprised to find Muslims helping in the temple (food charity), and Indians too. At Tzu Chi, Kepong, I saw a movie of village Malays receiving emergency aid, and they were so moved by the generosity. These few days, a few politicians were braying on racial issues, and a lot of reactions and anger from other religion and races. Well, do we look at the good folks or at the racists? Shared similarities or differences – what are our perspectives?

On the twin pillars of the door, we see lots of display of dharma-calligraphy-arts, fused into one body. In this particular pillar, the words are holiness/sacredness and secularism are one binary union. The word sacredness contains basically three radicals: the top has ear (hearing), mouth (speech), bottom radicals has ren (pettiness), which again contains a si, (scholarly) with a slanted heads. The pictography shows the most dangerous petty thinkers are those educated with a slanted mind. You will see many such donkeys around.


  1. The Emu

    Thanks for an interesting post, certainly elightening to see the Muslim people involved, a big change to what is being portrayed throughout the world.

    1. wonkywizard Post author

      Many Malay politicians are openly racialist – the more extreme and irresponsible they are, the more electoral or other support. Sad to know even prominent ex-leaders encourage narrow ethno-centrism, to the detriment of a progressive society. The Malays in ordinary lives are peaceful. Unfortunately, there are always reactions to racial sentiments, in endless ways. There must be a stop towards this. In Singapore, they arrest all bigots, but we are selective.


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