There’s always so much you can learn by watching other countries and their cultures closely. One of these things are the way people behave. Behaviour is important when it comes to human beings. The way we behave is what defines us and our culture. As Malaysians, we have a long way to go before people from other countries stand up and admire the way we are and our culture. For now, we can do our part in making Malaysia a better place. Here are 10 overseas cultures that we should implement in our daily lives to make us better human beings.
1) Keeping doors open if someone is right behind you
One of the biggest problems we have, as Malaysians, is to oversee the little things that can make a huge difference to someone else. For example, keeping the door open at a public place when someone is right behind you. This is a gentleman’s manner, which many men are lacking in Malaysia. It won’t cost us anything to just keep the door open so that the person right behind us won’t have to open it again. Also, it will prevent us from closing the door right on someone else’s face since they were just behind us.
2) Don’t take all the escalator space
Usually here in Malaysia, when we are on the escalator, we tend to take all the space. If we are alone, we stand in the middle and if we are accompanied by others, we take up the whole space. Ideally in a better world, we should stand by the side so that if people are in a hurry, they can pass through.
3) Be gracious enough to let people get out of public transports first
When it comes to using public transportations, sometimes it slips our mind that we need to do the right thing. We are in such a hurry to get somewhere that we forget to let commuters out of the vehicles first. As a result, we end up pushing our way in and those getting out have to push their way out. Situations like these can cause accidents if people are too aggressive and not patient enough to let others pass through.
4) Give your seats to the elderly and pregnant ladies
When we use these modes of public transports, like trains, LRTs and buses, we come across all kinds of people. Pregnant ladies and the elderlies feature among public commuters, which is why a way of being polite when travelling in public transports is to stand up and give our seats to those, who need it most. It doesn’t matter if they thank you or not, what matters is you did the right thing.
5) Put your dirty trays away at fast food restaurants
As much as we think we are good human beings, who think of others, we tend to forget to help others too. One way of helping others is to put away your dirty trays when you are done eating at a public place. It could be a fast food restaurant or a food court, the most decent way to end your meal is to put away your food tray and used utensils. Think of it as a way to clean up after yourself.
6) Always say “Please” and “Thank You”
The most important words that parents teach their kids are please and thank you. Why? Because these two words will play important parts of their lives. Somehow growing up through the madness and all of it, we forget to use these words when needed. Remember, saying either one of these words or both can make someone’s day better, especially if he or she is having a bad day.
7) Treat foreign workers with respect
As Malaysians, we tend to look down at foreign workers. Just because they from a poorer country, not from those western countries, we look pass them. Some of us even treat them as if they are nothing. We have to remember that these foreign workers leave their homes to make money here with jobs that Malaysians don’t seem to want to do to support their families. So, the least we can do is treat them with respect.
8) Be kinder to animals
As we are rushing through the highs and lows of life, we forget to take care of those, who are unable to take care of themselves. Animals are important beings on earth along with human beings. As human beings, we seem to have forgotten that it is our duty to be respectful to other beings on earth. In Malaysia, we need to be kinder to animals, especially animals that we don’t like because of religion purposes.
9) Be kind to your teachers
Teachers play a huge part in the way we turn out in life. After parents, it’s the teachers that help children in the right ways of life. As Malaysians, we need to show our teachers a little more respect and make them feel loved for everything they have taught us. It might be their jobs, but it’s not their duties to make sure that we turn out alright. And they still cared.
10) Respect all religions
Malaysia is a country with different people of diverse races and religions. The number one secret of being a good nation is to respect one another without the interference of religion or race. It’s important we understand other religions to be respectful to people of all races and cultures. This is what will make us become better Malaysians.
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