Apr 082008
 

ps- headed outstation for a few days, see you on Friday or so! :)

I’ve been meaning to write this for a mighty long time, as it’s something I believe quite strongly in.

Lately I have been looking at the possibility of Umno’s demise (see Part 1 and Part 2). Again, I think that on the whole, this would be a positive thing, but if we do not take the right attitudes down this road, it will be fraught with no good.

I address this post in large part to non-Malays, because as a non-Malay myself, I think the following is an important position for me to take and to articulate, for reasons that I hope will become evident.The key to a healthy transition from an Umno dominated Malaysia to a relatively Umno-less one (they keep keep Johor and maybe Pahang, that’s not the end of the world :) is to under stand the concerns of not only your rabid Umno supporter, but your more general, middle ground Malay Malaysian as well.

We have to affirm and respond to what are real, genuine, and not completely unfounded fears.

The first step along this path is to see Malaysia in the same context a Malay might. Most non-Malays view their situation in a purely Malaysian context. Many Malays understandably view their position in a more global, universal context.

I feel that it is a common apprehension among Malays that their culture and their heritage run the risk of being overrun by globalisation. In a world dominated by English-speaking, materialist non-Muslims, how is a small culture to survive?

Add that to the fact that rightly or wrongly, many Malays perceive the economy, many professions and wealth in general in Malaysia, to be dominated by non-Malays. True, this perception could possibly be due largely to Umno fear-mongering, but that in itself does not detract from the weight of that perception.

A parallel exists where religion is concerned. To many Muslims around the globe, Islam is under siege. So while most non-Muslims see themselves as being contained by a Muslim majority, Muslims feel called to defend their faith against encroachment from forces both local and foreign.

This type of siege mentality must be appreciated to the fullest. Mahathir’s old warning that Malays must take care to ensure that they never end up like Native Americans, black South Africans or Australian Aboriginies carry weight for a reason.

Whether we like it or not, not only the Umno hardcore, but many middle ground Malays would see the removal of Umno from federal power as a serious blow towards the Malay position.

I, like you perhaps, obviously believe that the future of the Malays – along with every single other Malaysian – would be better off, better cared for, and better protected under a Pakatan government. Yet, it is not enough for us to believe this; how can we help others believe it?

Here, I find Kian Ming has a few days ago articulated a number of the things I wanted to suggest.

At the same time, I wish that there was a Chinese or Indian politician who would tell his non- Malay constituents about the deep insecurities felt by many in the Malay community, about how they feel that they might be overrun in their ‘own’ country, as it were, if the NEP were to be lifted, much like how the non-White community in South Africa were marginalised under apartheid.

I wish that there was a Chinese or Indian politician who would tell his non-Malay constituents about the genuine fear that many Malays feel when they perceive that Islam is being ‘attacked’ by organisations such as Article 11 or the Interfaith Commission, about how this is related to the perception that Islam is being ‘attacked’ on a global scale in the war on terrorism.

I wish that there was a Chinese or Indian politician who would tell his non-Malay constituents that many Malays still feel as if many non-Malays are reluctant to embrace a Malaysian identity and would rather retain one which seemed to place more emphasis on ancestral ties and that many non-Malays are still reluctant to embrace BM as the national language of the nation.

Basically, I feel it is the duty of non-Malay believers in a better Malaysia, be they Pakatan sympathisers or not, to help assuage some of the fears of the Malays.

This is not a one way street. I am encouraged to read and see all sorts of signals from Pas that indicate their going through great pains to assure and affirm the needs of the non-Muslim community.

It is not enough for us to applaud these actions, we have to reciprocate in kind.

It is very meaningful when Anwar talks about the need for a race-blind Malaysian Economic Agenda, or when Hadi Awang speaks passionately about the rights of non-Muslims. Now we have to do our part.

There are countless issues we can address, in addition to what Kian Ming touched on above.

For instance, we can speak about the need to protect and encourage the growth of Malay culture and heritage in a world dominated by Western culture. We can speak out against the policies of private companies that for no good reason require job applicants to have Chinese language skills. We can speak up for the countless underprivileged Malay communities, be they urban squatters or rural poor.

If you don’t think these are genuine problems, I humbly invite you to do some soul-searching and look around with more open eyes.

It doesn’t stop there. We obviously have to practise a sincere zero-tolerance policy on snide jokes about Malays being lazy, spoilt, etc etc. Don’t make such remarks, and don’t just smile quietly when your friends do.

There are also other ‘battles’ that we have to pick with greater care. I don’t have strong feelings on the use of the term ‘Allah,’ but from an ethnic relations standpoint, I do have to wonder if those advocating its use by non-Muslims really have that much to gain from a stance, as compared to the strain it may put on religious relations.

I admit to being quite perturbed with statements like: “Saya betul-betul tidak faham kenapa segelintir orang amat sensitif jika menyentuh perkara berkaitan babi atau daging babi.”

Jika betul-betul tak faham, berusahalah untuk faham sket.

The new dawn for Malaysian politics requires politicians to up their game somewhat where nuances and maturity are concerned, as well as to leave behind old mindsets. Lim Kit Siang seems to be doing a great job evolving, as witnessed by his more measured statemens and the way he responded and changed his stance over the Perak MB issue. That, along with statements from Hadi Awang, Husam Musa (and even the Kelantan Deputy MB who clarified his backbone statement in Harakah) really signal positive maturing.

But we can’t just leave it to politicians. You and I have to do our part too. I’m quite confident my Malay brothers and sisters will help to break this new ground. The rest of us are going to have to do the same, and go above and beyond, and far out of our way, to send all the right signals to assure Malay Malaysians that even if Umno were to fade, Malay culture, Malay heritage, and Malay dignity will all continue to be protected and upheld according to the best traditions of defending human rights for all Malaysians.

  32 Responses to “Understanding the Malay Dilemma – How YOU can ensure a racism-free Malaysia”

  1. I would agree with you to a certain extent. After being made to feel & live as 2nd and/or 3rd class people of this fine country, and, now with the changes at hand, getting warmed up to the idea. that we may (finally) have some resemblance of a chance to be on equal terms with the Malay Malaysians – your proposal, well sounds right & proper, may take a long time to take off.

    All those times we had to stand aside to give way to less deserving candidates, be it for a place in uni, a job, a business tender, etc …. To now have to be sensitive to their needs, when the policies set to help them were so very insensitive to ours.

    The policies adopted have done much damage to the people they say they were to help. They just have to learn again even though difficult to stand on their two feet & learn to walk again. Throw away their crutches. Their brothers over the Causeway have performed very well indeed. They are the better off now, having a level playing field all these years to compete with others. They now stand ptall & proud of their achievements.

    Like how the rest of us had to work harder to succeed despite the obstacles the policies posed, they have to do the same. No more molly-coddling from the rest of us, let alone the powers that be. Then they can take pride in their achievements and from then on, pass on that pride & strength of character to their future generations. Its gonna take a long time but that’s the price you pay for having been in a make-belivev world for 50 years.

  2. I would like to second the suggestion -except that I feel that there could still be a sense that the prevailing ideology has left its effect on many of the public: it seems that treating people more equally would somehow jeopardies the Malay culture. But think about it: the discriminatory cultural policy has caused different ethnic groups to feel reluctant to learn from each others. Once this is removed the reluctance will be slashed and people will feel more at ease to learn from each other-giving rise to win-win situation. Previously it was a zero-sum game so to speak. While we should be supportive of the cultures from all over -whether with discrimination or not, the mutual respect will only increased once official discrimination ends. There is no limit to learn from each others’ culture.

  3. Wendy: That “make-belief world” is one in which all races (or at least the leaders of all races at the time of Independence) bought into – the social contract that Malaysia’s founding fathers forged. The reasons that the present generation have resisted them is due to the rampant abuses or idiotic implementation of various government policies.

    As a Malay Malaysian of the Islamic faith, I’d like to thank the blog-owner for his thoughtful and penetrating post. To the Malay educated middle-class, eradication of the NEP, and bumiputra quotas, don’t mean much at all. Level the education & economic & working playing field by all means. We welcome it. My generation certainly had no hand in creating it. In fact, some of us never took advantage of it.

    What Malays prize more than economics is ugama (Islam) and adat (Malay culture & language). For centuries, Malays have been on the peninsular, a quiet “agricultural backwoods” culture with a slow peaceful way of life. Not rich like China / India, but with abundant natural wealth (sun, rain, good soil, things grow on this land, with none of the turmoil of some parts of the continent – enough to eat, no droughts, earthquakes, terrible winters, or typhoons). The land forms the character of a people.

    Turmoil does not suit us, we like peace and moderation, the majority of us you will find.

    So after 50 years of independence, with the rising “stress” in life, the demand to earn more, spend more, do more, be more etc, still causes “growing pains” to the Malays (unlike the Indians / Chinese whose ancestors have gone through this in the past to come to this peninsular). It may seem strange and incomprehensible to many non-Malays, but the blog-owner’s diagnosis of the rising feeling of a culture being under seige is very real to the Malays. And the little actions that he has prescribed will go a veeeery long way.

    When other races are good to the Malays, we are double-triple good to them back!

  4. Nat,
    This post, is, simply amazing. You are right in saying that non-Malays should try to understand the Malay mindset, as should the Malays try to understand the non-Malay mindset.

    What has prevented true understanding from really happening is whenever issues of race relations are brought up, all quarters start to draw out their weapons of choice, mainly, May 13, social contract, religion, etc. etc.

    True dialogue and understanding was never encouraged by the BN government, and I feel with Pakatan Rakyat stronger, they can also do their part in fostering real dialogue.

    This is the right way forward.
    Don’t mind me sharing this on my blog yeah :)

    P.S Can I be on your blog roll? :P

    nat: thanks!, no problem, and done! :)

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  6. First, the Malays were enslaved by their feudal masters. Then they were enslaved by their neo-feudal masters which took the name of Umno. Now they are worried that they will be enslaved again, this time by the DAP.

  7. Nat, as a Malay, despite being an educated person, but have been called names to my face by non-Malays like “lazy, thief etc”; I finally got over my explosive anger after all these years, by trying to understand from the non-Malay perspectives. Of why they regard me/Malays (I finally understand that it wasn’t a personal attack) in those biased terms. What I mean is, by placing myself in the non-Malay position and starting to feel the pain of racism and discrimination that the non-Malays have felt all their lives; thus why such anger evolves into expression of such name-callings or biased perception and attitude or reversal discrimination (such as demand for Chinese language in jobs). And by such mutual understanding, I began to understand why the “Ketuanan Melayu” ideology has been able to brainwash the Malays including myself, by playing on such fears of losing that Malay-Muslim privileges (not rights as thought) and keeping us, the ordinary Malay under the elite-capitalist (male) Malay class, whether from Umno or Pas, under their their absolute domination and subjugation, especially psychologically. Which is the most dangerous weapon there is, more than bombs and so on!

    Thus my point is Nat, in order for the Malays to get out of that psychological self-destruction is not by continuously defending unintelligently and irrationally their own ignorant and unjust perception and attitude, but by confronting such hard reality of their unjust domination by their own Malay leaders and elite class. Just like the Muslim population need to understand from the side of non-Muslims of why Islam is abhorred; due to all the injustices and violence committed justified under Islam, particularly towards women such as honor-killings/rapes, forced imposition of the veil particularly on young girls, forced marriages, the injustice of the Sharia “laws” and many more, and towards non-Muslims such as what’s happening in Malaysia. Hence, by Malay and Muslims moving away from the “victim” mentality, only then the ordinary Malays can progress towards fighting against such injustice and domination by their own leaders. And to finally move on towards mutual understanding and genuine respect towards others and their beliefs, as their equal, truly and no less. And only then, we can move ultimately towards inner self-liberation; which actually should be the greatest goal in life. For that is the fundamental key towards the long but endless journey to be a true and better human being; as any religion has taught us so, but which has been undermined due to religion being politicized absolutely, especially Islam unfortunately.

    Noor Aza Othman

    • Everyone have their share of mental problem,etcetc. I look very chinese and speak very good Malay. I become a stranger in my own country.I was shunned by the Converts ( Not the Malay themselves) as unclean . I was stunned .I am peranakan.
      Polarisation started 30 years and the youngster began to mixed only with their own kind. My friends even avoids us when their teenage children are around, apologising profusely claiming their children are not happy that they are mixing with other races. But, they blend with us when their children are not around.
      I have friends in different denominations and each are beginning to be hostile against each other.We don’t have this hostility 30 to 40 years back. Only, the educated Malay can change this anomaly as the power base is in the Malay hands.With great power comes wirh great responsibility.But, those who are greedy, power corrupts absolutely.And , they will do anything to stay in power.They would even hijack God,Allah or whatever you call it to serve their political agenda.Sad to say, I agreed with you that Islam indeed have been hijacked and turn it into a political tool.It is up to the educated Malays to make a difference.

      On the world politics, you can see that they are politician that are willing to destroyed their own country to stay in power.It is sad to see if Malaysia going that way.Look at Iraq,Iran,North Korea , Greece to name a few.It seem that the extremism is gaining a foothold in Asian countries and they are bringing us back into the stone ages.Stop them.

  8. A thought provoking piece – Nat!

    Noor Aza Othman has spelled out the main essence that I’m intended to write. Surprisingly her thought is NOT the isolated one among the Malay friends that I’m socialising. And yet there are still opposing voices?

    The threat of losing one’s culture & identity, on the global scene, is very real. AND it doesn’t confine to the Malay along. All the EARTH PEOPLE has the similar crisis!

    Yet – the marching of the world CANNOT be stopped. ‘ Resistance is futile, be prepared to assimilate’ so say the Borg!

    All of us has to be prepared for this eventuality. It might take some time but we’ll be there sooner than one think. IF we still wanted to hold on to the localised old values we’ll be stranded & become irrelevant & worst – bitter about fairness!

    Then who do we blame?

    Back to M’sia – the Malay has 50 yrs of advantages over all the Other M’sians. This is the time NOW to take the plunge into the cold hard reality of life. Any excuses to delay facing the on-coming challenges will bring prolong resentments & ‘cocoonist’ thinking. The past can’t be with us anymore & the uncertain future is the only path.

    Walk courageously & hesitantly forward to a new dawn. Standstill or worst reversed course WILL only bring the eventual irrelevancy & downfall. Human histories are full of such records & yet how many actually learned.

    So Melati, do U want the ‘good’ old bygone reminiscences or U want a FUTURE that is certain but tough for the Malay?

    I say MATCH on -on equal footing with all Other M’sians. NO piteous allowances in ANY names should the Malay claims his righteous existence.

    Look at the big picture & be part of the Humanity on Earth.

  9. Noor Aza Othman
    “inner self-liberation; which actually should be the greatest goal in life. For that is the fundamental key towards the long but endless journey to be a true and better human being; as any religion has taught us” – very well said!

    You have hit the right spot with your very honest & insightful comments. Melati – I hope you agree too!

    • The noblest thing we can give our children is education.Education must encourages self-evaluation, rationality and the right to chose his/her direction to life. If they want to be an engineer , teacher, doctor , so be it.

      Education must be above poilitcs,religion and what noughts.You can be a Tan Sri,Tun, Datuk or superman for all i care, but never gamble with our children’s education. It is sacred above everything.

      Only thru education can a person be liberated from all formsof prejudices.Damn those who make us different .

      I know that power corrupts,and absolute power corrupts absolutely.We were lucky that our country do not spiral into Iraq,Iran,Greece and the likes.

      But,lately, religion have been hijacked and the ultras are bringing us back to the stone ages.Silent majority-where are you?

  10. Well,i couldn’t more agree with what is written.Unfortunately,most of the non-malays won’t try to understand their plight and will always hit back that the bumiputera has discriminated them hard and for so long that they deserve no respect at all.From non-malays point of view,the crux of the problem is NEP.On the contrary,Malays view NEP as the tool to defend their cultural and economical interest.
    Much dialogue and compromise are needed indeed.

  11. I am a malay muslim. Let me start with this. Islam prohibits racism as has been beautifully stated in the qur’an:

    “O mankind! We created You from a single (pair) Of a male and a female, And made you into Nations and tribes, that Ye may know each other (Not that ye may despise Each other). Verily The most honoured of you in the sight of God Is (he who is) the most Righteous of you. And God has full knowledge And is well acquainted (With all things).”
    (…a verse from Al-hujurat)

    There are many chinese Muslims and I would love to see them as the future prime ministers of Malaysia. Yes! why not! if they are capable and responsible Muslim. They are a lot better than Pak Lah.

    There is no way that I can be proud of being a malay when many malays and their leaders are of corrupt people. They have done a lot of damages to everybody. They have made Islam look bad.

    But all of a sudden I am a proud Malay whenever people talk good of Tuan Guru Nik Aziz.

    I am not fretting that malays are poor as long as they are strong practising muslims. Sometimes riches is bad and has deviated many malays into becoming corrupt people.

    What I fear the most is the security of Islam in Malaysia. This is also with a reason. The Holy Quran says:

    “It is He Who has sent His Apostle with Guidance And the Religion of Truth, That he may proclaim it Over all religion, Even though the Pagans May detest (it).”
    (….a verse from AsSaff)

    Muslims may be poor people, but many would love to die defending Islam.

    (Nat, I believe whole heartedly that one day you will become a Muslim. Do mark my word. Why? because you are a critical minded person and have high regards for the truth.

    I always remember you as a head boy in Sekolah Sri Cempaka who was forever smiling.)

    Thank you.

  12. Dear Nat,

    I would like to give a suggestion that i believe will help boost the confidence of the Malays with Pakatan Rakyat. And this suggestion is made based on history.

    Our colonial master, the british, had probably realised how the malays at that time valued their religion and culture so much. This could be the reason why the british had given full power and authority to the malay rulers on all matters relating to Islam and the malay culture. Due to that exclusive authority, Islam and Malay cultures had survived for many generations even under the colonial rule.

    I therefore would like to suggest that Pakatan Rakyat take this as a lesson in order to win the malays confidence in PR. Let PR put in their manifesto that full authority will be restored to the sultans on all matters relating to Islam and Malay culture like what the british had done before.

    I hope majority of malays would agree, we cannot rely on UMNO to safeguard the religion of Islam and the malay culture. 50 years of UMNO leadership have told us enough ( I won’t elaborate on this – it is too long and painful ).

  13. New Cabinet:

    Prime Minister – Anwar

    Deputy Prime Minister – Lim Kit Siang

    Culture Minister – Farish Noor

    Defence Minister -

    Education Minister – Nga Kor Ming

    Environment Minister – Teresa Kok

    Finance Minister – Tony Pua

    Foreign Minister – Ramasamy

    Health Minister – Tan Seng Giaw

    Home Minister -

    Information Minister – Jeff Ooi

    Law Minister – Teng Chang Khim

    Manpower Minister -

    Sports Minister -

    Technology Minister -

    Trade Minister – Khalid

    Transport Minister – Liew Chin Tong

    (Penang Chief Minister – Lim Guan Eng)

  14. I share your opinion, it’s time for us the Chinese, Indians and ‘dan lain-lain’, to open up and take a giant leap to understand the Malays.

    To discredit the sentimental value of their special rights and the emotive symbolism of Umno is nothing short of bigotry and over-confrontative.

    Malaysians should be together in this, to see it through that nobody is shortchanged.

  15. The Malays should not be afraid that UMNO is fading away. More and more malays are now realising that UMNO has failed to uphold islam. They have effectively made the image of Islam look bad and turned Islam into a misunderstood religion. So please let us say goodbye to UMNO for the betterment of Islam and the Malays.

    For the sake of Illustration, let me put down below what a malaysian chinese friend of mine wrote in an email two days before the fateful PRU12. (only a portion of what he has written):


    “”To put it simply, 23 years ago, if I had measured Islam based on the Muslims, would I have recognized that Islam is the TRUTH? ***

    If my criterion was based on Progress, Advancement, Well-being, Peace, Tranquility and ten other tons of goodness, I would have turned West and away from Islam.

    I had chosen Islam REGARDLESS of the appalling condition of its bearers.

    And that is what I will do in 2 days.

    I will choose those who will UPHOLD THE LAW OF GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE. For I have beared witness and I cannot accept any other besides Him.

    And I will do so REGARDLESS of the appalling condition of its bearers.

    They need to promise me NOTHING ELSE.”

    I was told he embraced Islam when he was a BN government sponsored student, in Australia, 23 years ago. Now all his emails are enlightening. From his emails, i conclude that he is a true scholar of Islam.

  16. Dear Nat – great piece and agree with you.

    Hi Noor Asa – would you and your like-minded friends help us to spread understanding the Malay culture and mind – give us more insights, sites that are regarding the minds of both historical and present day Malays. Most of the sites I’ve been searching through are so religious that it tends to put me off, since I would be just as leary of overt religious preaching of any other kind when I’m just seeking to find common ground with fellow countrymen. Then it might spill over to sentisitivity if I ask questions, you know? Some of us really just want to know more but not so easy to know how far we can question without being deemed rude. Thanks for your sharing.

  17. Dear noyawns,

    Take some time to explore kelantan, mixed with the local Kelantanese people who can communicate in english. Learn more about our the present Menteri Besar and if possible organise a big group to visit him. Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz would be very pleased to have you and your like-minded friends as his guests.

  18. Dear Nat,

    I think a good shortcut to understanding of Malays is to understand Islam. I was told that before Islam the religions of the Malays were either Hinduism or Budhism or both.

    This approach also helps you to understand PAS and other Muslim issues around the globe.

    If you search the internet on Islam I hope you be aware or shi’a sites. For the following reasons.
    (Muslims are known to be divided into sunni and shi’a).

    1. Malays only adopt Suni and not Shi’a. (Shi’a is widely practiced is iran). Another term used for shi’a is ahlul bayt.
    2. It will only brings you a tremendous confusions to go to such sites.

    So to help you further i would like to suggest these sites.

    http://www.twf.org/
    http://www.islamfortoday.com/

    It is interesting to note that a website called “Religious Tolerance.org” by Ontaria Consultants on Religious Tolerance has quoted as below:

    “Islam: The second largest
    world religion…and growing”

    “If current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world religion sometime in the mid-21st century.”

    Check for yourself at http://www.religioustolerance.org/islam.htm

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  21. Hey, a very great piece by you!!! And the quality responses from it too.

    This is another big boost to my confidence in a new Malaysia.

    Sorry that this comes so late, as I had no time to read it until now. And as a little response to your suggestion of actions by non-Malays, I will translate this thread (and many other quality posts of yours) into Chinese so that more Chinese can reach them too. I am sure you and other contributors have no objections.

    nat: haha, in your hands, i would entrust the whole chinese version of jelas.info :) if you’re bored (unlikely), you can start a whole blog just using translations from various blogs :P :)

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  24. While I agree withe whole point of having truly Malaysians in playing key roles in the union of Malaysians beyond racial lines I don’t believe that I would be able to see the demise of a race based party like UMNO.

    Personally I look forward to witness the demise of race based parties. Unfortunately though those parties are here to stay. They may end up vying for the Opposition Leader’s position in the Parliament, but these parties are a stark reality that cannot be erased with a simple stroke of an eraser.

    Our Malaysian education needs a major overhaul to create Malaysian Malays, Chinese and Indians who are not afraid of each other. Insya Allah, two decades should be go enough before we can reap the fruits of this labour.

  25. Hi Nat
    Excellent piece, and very close to my heart too…!! And the comments in response to your post have been very gratifying as well – seems like many people of our generation DO want a change, and we are taking that first step forward…but it will be a long journey and the change is going to be tough for everyone, not just Malays…for example, building a Malaysia for all Malaysians could also mean we give up the Tamil and Chinese schooling system to create a single, high quality MALAYSIAN education system. It could also mean instituting equal opportunities/anti-discriminatory practices for employment…and enforcing it.
    It’s not going to be an easy path, but it takes each and everyone of us to play our part in making it work!!
    ps: Hope you don’t mind if I borrow this article for my blog too!

    nat: many thanks for the kind words :D and sure, borrow away! :)

  26. It is really irritating to be called racist by the very people that practices racism the day they arrived in this country. Yes, the Chinese by their very nature is a very racist race. Look at how they do business. How do they treat others who wants to do business with them. Can a Malay open up a phone shop in Low Yat? Can they open up a phone shop anywhere? They have to bloody buy the freaking phone at a higher price from the Chinese and end up selling it at a higher price. Now who in their right mind would want to buy feom them? Tell me if this is not racism? If not, what do you call this. This just selling phones. What about other businesses. The Chinese dominates the Malaysian business scene and we are the racist? Seconnd and third class citizens???? Please!!! Who has got higher income? Who is living in bigger and better houses? And please dont tell me that you become racist this bcoz of what the NEP did to you. The Chinese become richer bcoz of the NEP. You know pretty darn well that even if we give you a level playing ground you will still be a racist and exclude us from the business world. The fact of the matter is, you guys are now much better off than us even with the NEP. What the hell are you complaining about? If you dont like it here, well go back…

    • I can understand your prejudice against the chinese race. As a peranakan, we were call pariah of the chinese community as we have lost our chinese way and have adopted the local custom.The Malay shunned us because we are copycats.The Indians thinks we are a strange breed of primitive homo sapiens.

      We were given bumi status and later withdrawn. Why? .Now, we were ask to put on our native dress and parades to attract tourist just like the indians in USA.

      I was very bitter against everyone, left or right, i am prejudiced.No one wants to do business with us at all level. I travel around the world to settle in a country where there is no prejudice.I found none.

      Then, I realised that nobody owns us a living.My prejudice disappeared.It have taken me 12 years to realise it. I swallowed my pride and work earnestly.

      Along the way, I found there are very nice people ( Malay.chinese . indians and others) who are working their butts out trying to feed their family.

      There is always some bad apples.Just keep away from them and let them rot by themselves.

      Malaysia is the best place to stay even if you ask me to balik to ???.

  27. “They will not fight you all except within fortified cities or from behind walls. Their violence among themselves is severe. You think they are together, but their hearts are diverse. That is because they are a people who do not reason.”

    Quran [ 59:14 ]

  28. It does not matter whether we non Malays win or not.Everybody wins.This is a non racist country and there is no racism.The Malays are not ultra sentisive.They are not the most offensive.They are able we are able.God wants us to love each other.I do not know high tech talk but I know blessed is he who take no offense at any race.Press A to start this fantasy Press B to see it and Press the switch off computer to make it make sense.

  29. I love Malaysia above all else. My Malay,chinese and indians and others sat together , each eating their favourite food , halal and non-halal.There was no polarisation then. Then, someone separates us into malay and non-malay,then bumi and non-bumi and later islam and non-islam and the latest pendatang. What is next? manusia and non-manusia?.

    The NEP is there for purposes and not for political mileage.Mahathir have done a wonderful job and have lead us out the world recession intact.He is not without weakness and have admit it publicly.He have foreseen the scenario if he goes by a populists. He have make hard decisions that destroyed some of his own support, and he knew the odds is against him.Screw the odds,he is the prime Minister and only he have the gumption and the authority to do it.He tame all who bring havoc to Malaysians, irrespective of peers,rank and file.

    Have Malaysia spiral into Iraq,Iran ,Greece etc,etc.We are still paying RM1 for medical service and the compliant Bureau is very accountable. Try it.

    The balik kampong, balik china and balik india mentality is for the katak(frog) in the tempurung. We are living in the 21st century and we will swim as one Malaysian whether we like or not.Stop crying wolf!

    I have lost faith in people to hijack religion for their persoanl agenda.But, there is always gullible populace.

    You can fool some people some of the time, you can can fool some people all the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time.
    I believe in total retribution.By the time, i meet my maker , i am not afraid not thru prayers asking for forgiveness but by our deeds to alleviate the hardship of our fellows humans irrespective of race and religion. I am a peranakan.

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