DR TAN ENG BEE
THE warm Easter greetings from His Majesty, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Her Majesty certainly brought smiles to the Christian community at such a time like this.
Their Majesties’ greetings, “We wish all our Christian friends a blessed Good Friday and a very joyous Happy Easter. May your celebrations be filled with hope, peace and love. Stay safe, fellow Malaysians” speak of Their Majesties’ well wishes and hope for the community and for our beloved country, a land of rich racial and cultural diversities we can fondly embrace and appreciate without contention.
My sincere appreciation and thanks to Their Majesties for their Easter message which resonates crystal clear what the country is hoping and praying for regardless of our respective beliefs.
Hope, peace and love is what Christians pray and desire and they want to foster and advance among our beloved neighbors in this colorful land too. These three attributes are also all encompassing in the different faith beliefs and should be practiced, fostered and never to be forgotten.
The message of Easter is really about hope in a hopeless world where problems of different nature are taking roots, bringing untold misery, anguish and pain to millions of innocent people across the Seven Continents and the Seven Seas.
May we wake up to the dawn of a new beginning in the new normal to forge a future of hope, peace and love among fellow Malaysians.
Collectively, we can work toward bringing the pandemic to an end and along its misery too. Let us keep our hope alive in this trying moment. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Blessed Easter to the Christian community and to the other faiths, may you keep the spirit of hope in your hopeless situation, if any, peace in the midst of tribulation and love overflowing that overshadows your most difficult hurdle.
This letter first appeared in the New Straits Times