Sunday, August 23, 2009

A bond too strong to break

I look forward to every Ramadan. I have to confess that I have never attempted to join my Muslim colleagues and friends to fast in this holy month.

But it is the sense of camaraderie and brotherhood that I enjoy every year.

It has become an unwritten rule at the newsroom every year that the evening meeting would have to be held an hour earlier so that our Muslim – and non-Muslim – colleagues can attend the breaking fast functions.

The call to end the meetings early, interestingly, often comes from the non-Muslims. This is the best part of working in an office with a multi-racial staff. Jibes are made at each other over fasting patterns or the lack of it without any prejudices.

The rule at every Ramadan is to pick the newest member of the newsroom to interview the food sellers at Section 14 in Petaling Jaya and to buy for us the mouth-watering popiah, a crowd favourite.

For the full reflection of my On The Beat column, click here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What you are trying to potray(unite) is the opposite of what Khairy intends to do(divide).One of you is lying.

aiko said...

i like your post about ramadhan month. regardless how different we are, we are yet connected. As long as we respect, understand and love each other, this world will become a wonderful place to live. hope you enjoy the kuih-muih you buy from the bazaar..