Ready to get into a taxi just right outside KLIA, I was stopped by a loud male voice from behind: “Encik, boleh tukar tak? Kami nak pemandu Muslim.”
I turned around and saw a middle-aged Malay man waving at me in a rather friendly manner, his wife busy sorting out the luggage. They already had an Indian driver awaiting by the car door, who was looking rather innocent.
“Boleh tukar?” The man asked again.
“Maaf lah.” I got into the car and told the Malay driver to start the engine, leaving the bewildered couple behind.
This episode reminded me of an email that I had received recently, in which a lawyer specified that she would prefer a Christian legal assistant because “we are a God-fearing company and faithful followers of Christ”.
These two experiences of mine again reveal the extent to which Malaysians show no qualms about their communalist mindset...