To be honest, it was a perfectly valid question to ask me:
the mixed melayu-cina guy who,
among Malays, looks the most Chinese;
and among Chinese, looks the most Malay.
A valid question. But was it the most relevant?
Because the next question from the man was a request for me to help him jump-start his car.
Has it gotten this bad in Malaysia?
Yes sure (and Alhamdulillah),
we are not physically at each other's throats, nor in open armed conflict with each other -
is it not enough of a tragedy
that sentiments of race
have gotten in the way of our common humanity -
that we now have to know someone's race before asking for their help?
It didn't work, in the end.
We failed to jump-start his car, and I had to leave him with his car still unable to start.
I pray there is more hope for the broken relations between the races of this country,
then there is for the broken car.