I received close to 100 DMs after I posted my instastory late last night. All the DMs mentioned that they have felt the same way or have been asked the same question or have witness how one of their friends/relatives/ colleagues were asked the same questions like I was asked.
If you have missed the instastory, in summary, it was how there are people in this country who associates Muslims to be Malay only. There is no Chinese Muslim, no Indian Muslim in their dictionary.
I have been questioned countless times by working professionals why can I celebrate both CNY and Hari Raya? In reality, they are not mutually exclusive and I am saddened that at this day and age, people still think that you can only be a Chinese and not a Muslim. Or you can be a Muslim but not a Chinese. Seriously?
Let me put on record here and hoping to educate people is that race and religion are 2 different things. Pls do not for a moment think that because I married a Malay, become a Muslim, I have lost my right to say I am a Chinese. I am and still will be a Chinese regardless what is my faith.
It is pathetic that after a basic 10 years of education in SG where you go through moral education, social studies and celebrated 10 years of racial harmony in school, the basic knowledge of race does not equate to religion is still prevalent.
And I am referring to working adults who have been in the singaporean working society for many years who still think that ‘muslim’ is a race and those who wear tudungs automatically becomes a Malay.
I get mad still thinking about it because I honestly thought I am the one facing such questions and I assumed that the people who asked me have lack of basic knowledge. But it astounded me when I received so many messages from all of you sharing your similar experiences.
Something has to be done and i hope this starts from education of our young.