Short Takes: UBAH Begins at Home!

By: M.Zulkifli

In just mere hours, Malaysians will be going to the polls to elect a new government. But let’s face it, a lot of what we go through in our daily lives, all the antagonistic inconveniences, come from our very own attitudes and mindset that no politician can alter overnight. Yeah, I know, “change begins with us” is such a cliché, but it’s also true.

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”

(Surah Rad; Quran 13:11)

So, here’s a list of things to take note of as a reminder for — first and foremost – myself, and everyone reading this. May we become better people (irregardless of who wins the election), Insya Allah.

  • Use the indicator when making a turn while driving. It’s there for a reason.
  • Never give “duit kopi”. Ever. Broke traffic laws? Own up, apologise and promise it won’t happen again. Keep our wallets in our pockets.
  • Don’t use facilities meant for the disabled just because they’re not utilised when we’re there. Even at the masjid, some regularly park at OKU parking spaces although hundreds of other vacant spots are available merely metres away.
  • Queue.
  • Stop treating migrant workers like 3rd class human beings. We have been given different tests in life. Be grateful for our blessings and have empathy for others who are less fortunate in this life. And remember, Allah can change our fortunes in an instant.
  • Don’t give in to our “lower self”. A Muslim should be easygoing and more forgiving. No need for physical violence or retaliation for something that will simply pass us by if we don’t get overly triggered.
  • Total strangers’ marital problem is none of our business. Don’t read it, comment on it, or spread it. Just stay away.
  • Stop when it’s red at traffic lights. Haven’t we seen enough of those harrowing fatal accidents caught on dashboard cams?
  • No need for “orang dalam” to get any transactions or business done. Follow the process like everyone else.
  • Say, “terima kasih”. Even to the worst of service staff. They’ll get the message one day, hopefully.
  • Avoid and/or leave toxic people, groups or community pages online. They’re usually complaining about the same ‘ol things EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
  • Don’t know something which is being discussed online (like “hung Parliament”)? Take that as a learning opportunity. Google it or ask people who know. That’s better than going, “Amende tu? Ades konpius!”
  •  Read. So that when someone posts a photo of floods with the caption, “Banjir di Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam”, you don’t reply in the comment section with, “Kat mana ni???”
  • Not everything is “content”. So, the food rider guy delivered the wrong burger, no need to “viral” it if it’s an honest mistake. Quit WANTING to be a victim.
  • Don’t be late. Appreciate other people’s time.
  •  Be kind. Always.

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