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Are mixed marriages the way forward?

by | Feb 6, 2023 | NATIONAL, Opinions | 0 comments

BY: CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ

Malaysians have always celebrated their unity with diversity, a diversity of races, religions and cultures as a plural society ever since Merdeka in 1957 and that has been the norm for so long up to now.

This brings us to the next step and the obvious question of whether mixed marriages are the way forward to achieve greater racial integration and for there to be a blurring of the lines so no division or schism eventually exists between the races.

According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, almost 11 percent of total marriages in 2019 (22,134 out of 203,821marriages) involved brides and grooms of different ethnic groups, an increase from nine percent in 2018 (18,620).

While it was difficult to find the latest statistics by TMV what is obvious is that trends are changing and parochial views are slowly being discarded as Malaysians warm up to each other which is really a prelude to becoming an open society.

This is not to give or suggest ideas to the government to embark on a mission to engage in social engineering but to let nature take its course as Malaysians mix and match with each other without any kind of intervention except the divine.

If it is fated or ordained that there is to be a mixed marriage, let it be so and let it also be a sign and and omen that race , religion and nationality are the accidents of birth and it is really up to each and every Malaysia to realize and accept it.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher

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