You could say that Malacca highlights the multi-ethnic make-up of Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Churches, mosques and temples are all cited within yards of one another and people enjoy the cuisine of cultures other than their own on a regular basis. Racism still exists, however, and a group of students I met was determined to help eradicate it.
Malaysians and Singaporeans are not known for being early risers, and we’re even less so on Saturdays. Hence, the local schoolgirls stood out amid the foreign tourists, trishaw drivers and flag-waving
shepherds guides in Malacca’s Dutch Square. It was hard to miss their home-made placards anyway. ‘Honk if you’re not a racist,’ ‘Stamp out racism,’ etc.