The world we live in has become a multicultural society and in this age of globalisation, no country can afford to isolate itself without comprising its economic interests and political standing.
This propels most nations to adopt policies that further cultural and religious diversity and to allow ethnic minority groups of different faiths to participate in the political process. It allows everyone to benefit equally from a country’s resources.
As we all know, Myanmar is home to more than 130 ethnic groups who have been living in amity since time immemorial. Although ours is a Buddhist-dominated country, citizens of other religious beliefs have freedom of worship.
It is important for all of us, regardless of social and religious backgrounds, to identify themselves as citizens of Myanmar and to develop a sense of loyalty to the country.
It is obvious that the marginalisation of ethnic minority groups poses a serious threat to national unity, as well as making minorities feel that they lack fundamental rights and freedoms in Myanmar.
It is time for all of us to embrace a sense of social cohesion and work towards the welfare of all ethnic groups. Fostering social cohesion is the only way forward, as it increases the chances of upward social mobility by binding a multicultural society together as one.