Remember the less fortunate this holiday season

LETTERS: AS we immerse ourselves in the holiday spirit, let us extend our thoughts to the less fortunate.

I implore the privileged members of the T20 and upper echelons of the M40 group to consider the plight of Malaysians in the B40 bracket who are grappling with both financial and emotional hardship.

There are many who struggle to put food on the table daily, and face pain, suffering and depression. As we count our blessings, we should lend a helping hand to those in need. The adage "To whom much is given, from him much is expected", resonates strongly here.

Though not everyone can contribute financially, there are various ways to make a positive impact without burning a hole in one's pocket.

Volunteering at charities, listening to those in distress, visiting the elderly in care homes, or engaging in community service, can be immensely powerful. In Sikhism, it is known as "sewa" — service to God.

Let's also reflect on our habits and consider small changes, like yielding seats meant for the elderly and handicapped on public transport.

A simple act of kindness can go a long way in making someone's day brighter. Paying it forward — surprising others with a meal or a modest donation — can foster a culture of support without expecting anything in return.

Regardless of the scale of our contribution, big or small, the key is to play our part in creating a compassionate society. Being part of the solution, even in a small way, can make a significant difference.

Let's collectively strive to make Malaysia an even greater place to live.

Wishing everyone a joyous and purposeful holiday season.


Kuala Lumpur

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times

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