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|Kluang, Monday 25 December 2000||October 2000 November 2000 Skippy Putain! Wake up January 2001 February 2001|
The shops are decorated with Christmas trees, artificial snow and gifts.
Itís a special experience in tropical Malaysia, where most people have never seen snow in their lives, and needle trees are far apart.
The Christmas atmosphere is primarily a clone of Western commerce.
A banner on the wall of a mall blinks in the sun:
Merry Christmas & Selamat Hari Raya!This is so typical for Malaysia. Christmas and Hari Raya next to each other, as if they are equally important.
Most Dutch know only their own way of counting years, with their own festivals.
They limit their cultural integration to culinary excursions, because
In Holland there is only one gap bigger than the one between cultures: the one between religions. Here the Malay pay less attention to the differences and focus more to the similarities. A bumper sticker nicely illustrates the similarity between Christianity and Islam from the local perspective:
The Quran, the final testament!
I like the humorous tone of this reli sticker.
It shows a great self esteem and a large ability to put things into the right perspective.
The Muslims here have a pretty relaxed attitude towards other religions. To them Christianity is not really a competing religion, more like an ancestor of the Islam. Itís about similar to the view of Christians towards the Jewish religion.
Iím not a Muslim. Being an atheist I value all religions equally. Yet, Iíll enjoy a merry Hari Raya next Wednesday. After all Every free day counts, even while on holiday.
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