Some countries for various reasons have more public holidays than others – Malaysia is one of the lucky ones. One of the perks of living in a multiracial, multi-religion country is that Malaysians get to enjoy a seemingly endless run of public holidays 🙂
Hari Raya Aidilfitri, an important and joyous religious holiday is happening this weekend, marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting for our Muslim brothers and sisters.
As we look forward to the opportunity to push our gluttony boundaries with them glorious rendang and yummy ketupat (om nom nom!), in the views of your truly, a non-Muslim Malaysian, celebrating this significant occasion together as Malaysians of all races and creed really holds more meaning, especially at a time where the fabric of society at home or in this world is threatened by incessant extremism and radicalization.
PolicyStreet and startups from Cyberview Living Lab Accelerator powered by Finnext Capital, in festive mood right at CoInnov8, Cyberjaya. Picture courtesy of Farhana Ismail, Finnext Capital
We take heart that strength of tolerance and respect have long been demonstrated in the insurance industry, which is not often highlighted. Insurers are typically focused on deriving what each believes are the most accurate rates for the risk profiles of their customers. For example, when we buy, say a life insurance from insurers, factors like our age, gender, income status and smoking status are used to determine the premiums we’d pay. Never in our decades-worth of exposure to insurance have we come across any insurance company using race and religion to determine premium rates – it is likely illegal to do so. The insurance world is in essence, colour-blind, race-blind, religion-blind.
As an InsurTech company focused on making social impact and building long-standing relationships, we will constantly walk the talk. Our people (Malay, Chinese, Indian..all also got!) is the lifeblood of our company – I am blessed to have a team striving to uphold the same values shown in the insurance industry, as we believe creed and racial discrimination to be abhorrent. Our inherent diversity is what makes us charming Malaysians 😉
Whoever or wherever we are in this public holidays, as Malaysians, know that small actions of either inviting friends of other religions to our houses and kenduri, or sending Whatsapp well wishes to each other, are actually big statements of love, kindness and unity that can fight against violence and contempt. These fundamental human values are what makes our nation and our society open and free, and thus cannot take for granted and be taken away from us.
PolicyStreet wishes all Malaysians an early Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, happy merry making and stay safe on the road!