I have this colleague at work, let's just call him Uncle.
Uncle is one of those dear, fatherly kinds. Everyone likes him, everyone respects him, everyone enjoys his company.
Everyone, including me.
That is, except for one thing which I feel downright uncomfortable about.
Uncle likes to touch. No, not in an OTG (orang tua gatal) manner, but let's just say that he's overly warm and friendly. You know, whenever he greets you, he'll put his hand on your shoulder or squeeze your upper arm, that kind of stuff.
Thing is, I am one who despises coming in contact with those whom I don't deem close to me. Especially not in an office, where professionalism should be the order of the day.
I know he means no harm, that his touches are clean and innocent. But still. Why must there be any touching at all?
And the thing that bugs me the most is: I am a Muslim.
So is he.
In fact, he's very knowledgable in religious matters. He prays five times a day without fail, performs the Haj yearly, the works. Granted, he's not an extremist, but it doesn't take a radical Muslim (nor a person with Islamic beliefs for that matter) to respect another's personal comfort zone, innit.
I'd hate to offend Uncle, but I know I gotta say something somehow. Any suggestions on how I can tackle this issue gracefully?