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“Please respect other religions and beliefs,” was the message conveyed by Malaysian social media users to their (let’s call em’ “ignorant”) peers when a viral TikTok video fueled conversations about bigotry online.
Netizens banded together in a show of support towards a local content creator by the username arivinraj_turu who reprimanded the actions of an insensitive commenter that had invited him to recite the Quran.
The vid. The comment. pic.twitter.com/CGp4ixzrDL
– (@4dhwa) September 10, 2021
Replying to a comment made on one of his videos which said “Salam Turu, let’s learn to recite the Al-Fatihah,” the online personality, whose content was mostly related to bantering about football, expressed his distaste with the out-of-context engagement.
“From this comment, I think you already know that I’m not Muslim, I’m Hindu. But you choose not to respect my religion,” he said in retort, explaining that if the tables were turned, it would have made for even bigger news.
Turu reminded his viewers to try and avoid making such immoral statements on social media and implied that there was a time and a place for such actions.
It’s not wrong to preach, but there are proper ways to do it. This isn’t preaching, this is stupid.
arivinraj_turu via TikTok
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♬ original sound – Turu
The creator’s confessions point to a growing concern toward cyberbullies who use online platforms to intimidate and harass people of varying beliefs.
Netizens further move to reveal that the racist, bigoted, and prejudiced problem is worse than most people would care to accept and extends well beyond cyberspace.
Bnyk jak senanya, diam jak la 🥰 i cried whole reading this comment section. https://t.co/DEj2p2rLmj pic.twitter.com/9306arMvv7
– cika (@jasica_tatat) September 12, 2021
this happens very frequently now. if these kind of questions are directing at me irl i would go “maleh aku” real quick 😭 https://t.co/US3831gz4I
— cy (@chscyv) September 12, 2021
I think we can stop dismissing it as “budak tiktok behaviour” because it was very common during my schooling days, 15 years ago. Don’t tell me you didn’t have people trying to convert you in school or was it just me? 😵 https://t.co/luy5nY9Rcq
— ghibli stan🧚🏼♀️🏴 (@aissshh7) September 12, 2021
While some took to apologizing and take responsibility for what had been said.
Others, instead, chose to reinforce the idea that as Malaysians, nay, human beings, we must learn to love and respect one another.
Malaysia is so unique, we enjoy the culture of other nations and religions, but things like this are not nice.
Unity is one of the things we can fight for, don’t we want to let people fight because they don’t like other religions/races? Tak cun la gitu, kan?
– aiman🏴 (@nraimano) September 11, 2021
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Respect People’s Beliefs, Ignorant Netizens Told