(Picture for representational purposes only). A motocyclist riding past a mural at Jalan Gereja in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: AFIQ HAMBALI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 NOVEMBER 2020 humanity brotherhood Malaysia flag children
(Picture for representational purposes only). A motocyclist riding past a mural at Jalan Gereja in Kuala Lumpur.PIX: AFIQ HAMBALI / MalaysiaGazette / 07 NOVEMBER 2020

The following article is sent to the editorial of MalaysiaGazette by reader, Yeap Ming Liong.

I noticed a heartwarming incident recently while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. Ahead of my car in the que were two motorbikes and they both were carrying pillion riders, who were their children and my guess is that they could be around 8 years old.

Their parents were just focused on the road ahead while waiting for the light to change and minding their own business, but it only took a friendly wave from one of the children and his counterpart waved back and some exchange of words took place. However, their brief exchange ended abruptly as both motorbikes zoomed off once the traffic light turned green.

Now, they might never see each other again, but for that brief moment, they were friends and brothers. What I am trying to say here is that while we are busy making a living, these smaller things in life remind us to be appreciative and respectful of each other. The two boys riding pillion exemplified just that.

Hence, we do not need to lash out at each other because of differences in opinions. Every one of us should take heed from the two young children. I kindly urge everyone to be mindful of your word and actions and try to accommodate and understand where possible.

Please practise respect, humility and above all kindness. We are after all, a brotherhood of men. We are still facing a tough battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. Do your part to help the authorities bring the numbers down.

Do not waste your energy and time on petty squabbles that yield zero results because in each and every one of us is that two young pillion riders, who are friends and above all brothers in humanity.

Yeap Ming Liong
Subang Jaya, Selangor