Living in a country filled with diverse cultures and religions is a perfect opportunity to learn more and respect each other’s different background.
A restaurant owner in Penang recently did just that by bringing his Muslim staff to attend a church funeral in order to widen their perspective into different religions.
Brought Muslim staff to church funeral
According to Sin Chew Daily, the restaurant owner, Ahmad Basri brought his Muslim employees to a Catholic church to attend the funeral of a close friend who had died of a heart attack.
When asked why he chose to do so, Ahmad said that he wanted to promote the spirit of unity and respect.
I want to promote mutual respect and unity among all races, and not to draw a line just because of our differences.
The 56-year-old, who’s an Indian-Muslim, said that this wasn’t his first time doing so, adding that he had brought his staff for a Taoist funeral too.
“They were willing to attend, and they even helped the family members of the deceased to fold joss papers.”
Open to criticism
While attending the funeral of a different religion may cause discomfort and even trigger a backlash, Ahmad said he has yet to be slammed for his actions.
However, he said he’s ready if it ever comes his way.
“I welcome criticism because it gives me the opportunity to educate the people who criticise me.
“I also tell my staff to dress appropriately and to refrain from making noise as a form of respect towards the deceased’s and the family members,” he said.
What a wonderful way to promote intercultural unity and respect! We hope to see more instances like this in the future!