Sunildave Parmar

Sunildave Parmar is a passionate social entrepreneur who believes that moderation is the way forward. He embraces the saying that “every drop of water makes a mighty ocean” and wants the young generation to work towards a harmonious future.



Gen Y, defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, holds the key to the country moving forward harmoniously for many reasons. Firstly, we are the ones who have experienced and witnessed a variety of events over the last decade that have shaped our views and thoughts.

Secondly, we are the ones looked upon by the future generation to set an example, while bearing in mind the responsibilities and role we have in shaping the future.

Easier said than done, no doubt. But in reality, we need to really look back for a moment and assess everything objectively.

Are we really making much progress through the current strategies and efforts? I would like to think not, as it feels more like “a sheep following the herd” time and again, with knee jerk reactions being the primary motivation. Where has that really taken us?

In times like these, I implore us all to take a calm approach towards matters of concern. I say this purely on the basis that it’s time for us to embrace a new way forward in ensuring we can collectively see an amicable and diplomatic way to better present our concerns without the need to resort to aggressive ways.

We all know very well that aggression only leads to more problems more often than not, which is the very essence of the present scenario in the country.

We can clearly see that many of us are genuinely and passionately keen to ensure that we as a country make great strides and leaps forward towards achieving a peaceful, loving and harmonious nation that can set a great example on the international stage.

Notable are moments when we Malaysians have come together – in moments of adversity, which prove that we are far more capable than we thought we were. This should serve as a great reminder that collectively, we can work together to achieve greater milestones.

As the revered Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “We’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.”

Moderation is a culmination of values that need to be instilled from young, and practised as a way of life. We all have a role to play and it starts in our very own backyard. That in itself will serve as a crucial catalyst to moving forward that would see us advancing far ahead than we ever have to date.

I note many are highly strung by the influence of politics from both sides, but perhaps it’s high time to leave politics completely aside for once and just focus on what is most important to us all. Bear in mind, however, that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so we need to be in for the long haul and realistically accept that it would take time.

Some say it’s too late, some say they have lost hope. To you, I humbly reach out to assure you that it’s better late than never. There is no better time than now to show that we can respect one another and progressively move ahead.

As part of the Organisation for National Reconciliation, we strive to empower our fellow Malaysians on key areas that resonate closely with us – inspiring unity, promoting mature democracy, advocating sustainable economic policies and improving our education system.

These values form the very foundation of the organisation, and it can only be a success if everyone were to make use of this platform to respectfully see to it that positive change is brought about in the interest of the nation.

It is our duty to inform our respective elected representatives of what needs to be implemented as they, too, rely on the very people who gave them their mandate. Provide an environment for your elected representatives and the Government to be receptive to solutions with the view of implementing them.

Originally published on The Star on Sunday December 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM

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