Multiculturalism in Malaysia | Rahhala | By: Ahmed Belal:
Seeing and understanding other cultures encouraged me to travel to more than 30 countries all over the world, in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.
I found that multiculturalism is very interesting, all the time, I think in how different people pray, eat, and what are their historical theories.
Kuala Lumpur is the most multicultural city in Asia. In the Malaysian capital, 3 ethnics groups live beside each other which are Malaya, Indian, and Chinese groups.
Multiculturalism in Malaysia
In one meal, you can taste 3 cuisines, each one expresses a different culture. If you want to try this experience, you can have lunch in a Chinese restaurant in China town, then drink the famous Indian coffee Kappi, in Little India, before tasting the Malay green bamboo candy in the old market.
You don’t need to travel to India, you will find it in the Malaysian capital. Little India is a district in Kuala Lumpur, when you enter its street, you will forget completely that you are in Malaysia.
Everything there expresses the Indian culture. Women wear Indian saris, shop signs and newspapers are in THE Indian language, Hindus and Sikh temples (not clear), and Indian restaurants offer very spicy food with curry, Kappi , and Chai (Indian tea).
One day, when I was in Kuala Lumpur, I decided to book a hotel in Little India. At my first night, I was very tired, and slept late at 4 o’clock. I heard a very loud trumpet sound, I woke up horrified.
I didn’t know what was happening, even I didn’t know where was I. I believed in one thing only at that time which is the resurrection is done!
When I began to understand who and where was I, I looked out of the window at the Hindus temple, and I found the issue simpler than I guessed, it was the Hindus praying time.
It is About 7 hours separate between India and China by air, but you don’t need more than 7 minutes on foot to reach China town from Little India, in Kuala Lumpur.
China town is a Chinese district in the Malaysian capital. All the Malaysian citizens there are from the Chinese ethnic. Shops signs and newspapers are in the Chinese language, you can not only speak in the shops with the sellers in Chinese, but also you can pay to them in Yuan.
The most famous street in China town is Jalan Petaling, it is a street market which you should visit in Kuala Lumpur to buy some souvenirs to your family and friends, but certainly everything there is made in China.
Beside Indians and Chinese ethnic groups in Kuala Lumpur, lives Malay ethnic group, the original people in Malaysia. In the Malay districts, you will recognize a new culture, you will listen Azan in the streets from the mosques, also will see the women wearing Hijab. The shops’ sign and newspapers are in Malay Bahasa language.
Everywhere in Malaysia, you will see Satu Malaysia slogan, it means one Malaysia from and for all Malaysian citizens (not clear) (Malay, Indians, and Chinese) , and its sign is 1 with Malaysian flag colors.
Multiculturalism in Kuala Lumpur is bigger than the 3 Malaysian ethnic groups because on the other side, Malaysia is a big tourist country and millions of tourists from everywhere comes to Malaysia to enjoy its islands, beaches, and also its multiculturalism.
In Kuala Lumpur, you will meet people from different cultures, also you will find restaurants and cafes etc. that express a lot of cultures even the Arabic culture that you will find in Bukit Pintang.
Finally, multiculturalism in Kuala Lumpur is not just a word you read in a book, but it’s a real reality. You can see and enjoy it.