KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 6, 2011): A simple 90-second video about unity, peace and tolerance in Malaysian society in the unlikeliest of places – a packed elevator – has emerged as one of the winners of an international film competition.
Ryan Tan Chuan Min, 25, had read about the Plural+ Video festival in newspapers last September, and thought he would give it a try. "I have always been interested in national issues. This was an opportunity to do something for my country," he said.
His video, titled Unity, Peace & Tolerance = Friendship, depicted groups of youths, some wearing T-shirts with the words "Malay, India, Cina and 1Malaysia" and others in traditional costume, in an elevator that was overloaded. Instead of forcing someone to leave the lift, they worked together to solve the problem. The message: unity in diversity.
Congratulations to the winner! It is sure one good short video about Malaysia, our Malaysian people and culture. Even though, we hardly find this kind of situation.. but it does happened in our daily lives somewhere.
Take a deep breath, and the 'beep' sound will go away. Then everybody don't need to move out of the lift. In our real situation, the last person to enter is the first person who need to get out. Plus, who would ever think to hold up their breath like that? And if the lift is from 10th floor, would hold it longer than 30 seconds?
We used to eat at a shop where we find all races ate there, Malay, Indian and Chinese. Our friend, Uncle Khoo called it 'Kedai Muhibbah'. He was the one who introduced us to the shop. He is a Prudential Insurance Agent, and the owner is his friends and some customers there are his insurance customer.
Moral of the story, if we as Malaysians work together to promote peace, tolerance, and unity.. we will see one peace world, without war. Although, it is hard to believe we can achieve that. Thumbs up to video owner! A good message to all of us out here.