According to an online survey by , the answer is yes and no.
When it comes to dating, these 18 to 32-year-olds said it is “less formal, less obligations, less expectations and less familial pressure” compared to previous generations.
Sociologist Dr Hew Cheng Sim, an associate professor at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, said with urban millennials in particular will “certainly be more liberal and exposed to a wider world view” than the generation before them because they were brought up with the presence of the Internet.
Senior lecturer at Monash University Dr Yeoh Seng Guan said the survey results were not surprising as it is a global trend where for the younger generation, especially living in cosmopolitan and metropolitan centres, conventional social identity markers like ethnicity, religion and place of origin, matter less than “individual self-fulfilment” and “interpersonal compatibility”.This correlation is not necessarily automatic nor is it a “radically new trend”, he pointed out.In the survey, over nine in 10 respondents said they would date someone from another race but one in 10 said religion would stop them from dating someone.Many of the millennials when interviewed, told that the benefit of dating someone from outside your race is the opportunity to learn about a different culture.“I love getting to know somebody with a different culture, with a different religion, something different from my own because there is so much to learn about the person,” one of the survey participants, 29-year-old Choo May Kuen said in an interview.
“One quote that I often hear is ‘A family that prays together, stays together’,” she told obtained during street interviews appeared to support this, as the millennials’ readiness to date outside of their race did not extend so freely towards going out with people of other faiths.“When couples have the same religion, and belief, it’s easier.
It doesn’t matter if they marry a Muslim or someone from another religion,” 29-year-old Nurzianty Abdullah told .