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LETTER | Taking Malaysia to greater heights

Yeap Ming Liong

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LETTER | Breadwinners nationwide have been affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some individuals are chasing deadlines, crunching numbers late into the night while those in the gig economy are facing their own set of hardship.

It doesn’t matter which industry an individual works in. Everyone is toiling for the importance of their livelihoods.

An incident which recently happened to me strengthened my faith in society. I was in the middle of an important work call and stopped by a fast-food drive-thru to pick up a quick bite. I quickly placed my order, paid and moved my car to the food pick up station.

What I did not realise was that I left without taking my balance. It only came to mind when I had left the drive-thru. I thought to myself that it was OK and would just leave it as a good tip for the young cashier.

It was this young cashier who reminded me that honesty and integrity are still upheld and are still valued as I noticed that my exact change was inside the takeaway package right down to the denomination of coins.

One might argue that there are surveillance cameras rolling, which are compelling her to do so, but I would like to believe that this young lady may possibly represent the youth of today who will lead tomorrow’s society.

What must be noted here is that while one is busy making a living, values such as honesty, integrity, honour and righteousness must never be forgotten or conveniently overlooked.

These values are among the pillars of a progressive and successful nation.

Malaysia and our frontliners are still fighting hard against the Covid-19 pandemic which has impacted lives, livelihoods and the economy.

As we celebrate Chinese New Year as united Malaysians, let us all be reminded to not only show them our gratitude but work hand in hand for a better Malaysia starting today.