It’s not the healthiest thing to do but we’ve all done it one time or another. Most people simply jumps into an argument even without knowing the base of their disagreement. Most people blindly do so because the majority does so.
Being in a multi-ethnic country, we Malaysians are a family and we must turn to our humble side once in a while in respect of our cultural differences. Sadly, our family ties have grown weaker thanks to some irresponsible politicians stirring racial sentiments merely for political control. Strong allegations and defamations are being thrown around causing many innocent Malaysians to suffer.
However, we as Malaysians should know we should know better of their dirty tricks and always take a step back before making any regrettable decision. So here’s a ‘5 Easy Steps’ guide for Malaysians to avoid jumping to any despicable conclusions.
Step 1: Take A Step Back
Before engaging full on in sensitive issues, take a step back and look at what the information really is. Before you decide something untoward is going on, you need to get more information.
Step 2: Check Quality of Information
Thanks to Social Media, information gets circulated quicker than you say Malaysia Boleh. We’ve seen many of such incidents; a possibility of information is flawed or incomplete causing disturbance and misunderstanding. So check and double check all the time.
Step 3: Find Reliable Source
Find a reliable source for more information. Unfortunately, main stream media in Malaysia is not exactly the best source for it. Look up for independent and reliable online media instead, but do take whatever you read or hear with a grain of salt.
Step 4: Investigate
Put on your Sherlock’s hat and do some digging yourself. Find more information relevant to the situation or issue before you say or do anything. To get things right, sometimes you have to do it yourself, right?
Step 5: Give the Benefit of the Doubt
Last but not least, always give people the benefit of the doubt. In most scenarios, not everything is the same as it has been reported and making assumptions can prove embarrassing to everyone involved.
I hope you’ll find this ‘5 Easy Steps’ guide helpful and will share it with your family and friends. Remember, always do the right thing – Be a responsible and considerate Malaysian.