THERE is a tendency among Malaysians to be divided along political ideologies, which is a healthy progression in a maturing democracy.
However, this tendency needs to be managed well to avoid negative incidences.
The government needs to be on the watch for supporters of the political parties who abuse or misuse their rights.
Recently, I was surprised to see the flags of political parties in places of worship.
This certainly does not send the right message to citizens, especially the younger generation.
A place of worship must be a neutral place for everybody, and politics must be avoided at such places.
Whether it is a surau, temple, church, or any other place of worship, let us make sure that we leave our political beliefs behind when we enter such places, which are meant to nourish the soul.
Let only the state and national flags be flown in places of worship.
Let us be united at these places, even if we have different ideologies.
Let us show to the world that though we may be different in our ideologies, we are united spiritually.
Let us teach and guide our future generation that political beliefs are transient but our religious beliefs are permanent.
Unity is of paramount importance.
Our country can go through a bad period, but it can bounce back, if there is unity.
Our country can be performing well, but if there is no unity among it people, it can be destroyed.