18 September, 2007

Montague stated that our race relations is bad until we eat at different corners.

I know the whole interview thing is getting stale. But I have to really wonder that if many think that what that lady asked our minister is in fact the truth here is one point that she mentioned that I would love clarification from anyone. Are our race relations that bad?

She was referring on a study made on race relations in Malaysia. The findings of that study was correlated from school children. Now I remember reading this from somewhere before. But no matter, my point is that Montague did mention of it and our minister did answer. Regardless if it is true or not but he still did answer.

So if many said Syed Hamid Albar was lying through his teeth than what is the truth to race relations in this country? Now let me ask YOU....Do you sit and eat amongst your own race all the time? If given a choice of place to work that pays the same amount, would you work at a company which you are the minority race or a majority one?

Are we responsible the way our young ones perceive another race? Let take an example, a Malay father driving home after picking up his kids from school. Just as he wants to turn into a corner another vehicle darts out from the junction. That vehicle was driven by an Indian. Just right about that point the father shouts and starts swearing~ "Pundek punya Pariah~!Buta ka~!??". Now tell me this does not happen even to ourselves once in awhile.

The kids in the back seat already gets this image and impression that an Indian when does wrong can be called "Pundek" and "Pariah". It works the same way for if other combination of races are applied into the same situation. Doesn't all that points back to us, our parents and our peers within our own ethnic community?

My question is simple...WHY? WHY has such extreme name calling and derogatory insults and profanity being practised throughout these 50 god send years of Independence? Am I any better than you? Are you any better than me? It is something that simple to start and over the years we were those kids sitting at the back and our parents will be shouting and gesturing statements like "Pendek", "Babi", "Pukitiaw", "Poreki", "Cibai", "Cinapek", "Pariah", "Melayu Bangsat" and etc...

So why are we over sensitive when such remarks are exchanged publicly to one another? It has become staple. For a good 50 years it is as good as being in our blood to hoot and bark racial derogatory remarks. Now, you and me are the father or mother to our very own children. If we so much hate the way ethnic relations have become why not simply scrape the habit of using those derogatory remarks? Simple?

Perhaps from there onwards we can slowly tackle more stubborn things like start eating at the same table. A Malay using chosticks and bowls, an Indian eating sambal belacan with petai, and a chinese eating from a banana leaf drinking yoghurt. Swap it any every way you think possible.

Finally for God's sake please stop calling Malays lazy, Indians liars and Chinese gangsters. Because there is every bit of that in each race anyway.


Kavilan said...

i believe we are all of the same flesh and blood. Like u said, it is not fair to assume one is better than the other. I am with you on that ground.

The stereotypical name calling pertinent to specific races still does exist. Tracing back to the colonial years, we were divided and ruled. Come 50 years later, certain privileges still extend to specific quarters, which is reminiscent of the divide and rule policy used by the British.

In my point of view, I see that stereotypical name calling stems from the different viewpoints of each race. Some feel another is being given too much privilege. Some feel that it is not enough. Compromising is hard, I admit that. But isn't it the duty of the government to continually review policies so that it is somewhat comprising to each other?

Until each citizen is accepted as a son of the soil, I am afraid the name calling will still continue. You ask why the name calling is still here. I ask why haven't the men with the power to stop them had acted to put a stop to them.

Like you, I want it to stop. I did my part. You did yours. We came to self-realisation. How about those without self-realisation? Who's gonna tell them to do their part?

Answer said...

When talking to Westerners, most Malays will proudly say that we are a multicultural society.

Chinese and Indians grudgingly say it.

It's really easy to say that when things are stacked your way.

The Malays keep saying the Chinese and some Indians are rich. Syed says the Chinese have RM10 million property in the city, while Malays have RM1,000 land in the kampung. The Chinese and Indians don't know what the hell the Malays are talking about. Sure, a few Chinese (and Malay) might have those land, but for the VAST majority, they sure ain't got any KL city properties in their name. Meanwhile, they get shafted with 10-15% higher housing, no chance in local universities, no chance in government contracts, no chance even in the ASB loans AND is threatened with kerises and decapitation. Many Chinese and Indians are businessmen, doctors, professionals that contribute REAL services and BILLIONS in tax money to the country (to be used to build mosques, housing and universities that they have no access to), while a select few Malay barons earn rent money through APs, eKesihatan, selling contracts. Shouldn't the average Malay be ranting against these instead of having race-based eyes?

The Malays like to say that they are discriminated against in private companies. Yeah sure, when government civil service with guaranteed pay raises and pensions have 95%+ Malays, the police is 95%+ Malays, why the hell do you want to work in private companies that work you like slaves. A lot of Chinese and Indians would love to work at Petronas or even the Malay-controlled Mitsubishi factory operations. But good luck with that, even if you do get an interview, let's see them get promoted over Malays even though they are more talented.

What the hell do you think?

The Chines and Indians are rational people. Put them in your shoes. Where's there smoke there is fire. Ask yourselves why they are pissed as hell as to what is done to their country, their tax money, their very heads that risk decapitation.

Answer said...

An important addendum:

I have realized that it is not a race relations problem per se.

The Chinese, Indians and Malays have no problems hanging out. Check out the Ramadan bazaars - Chinese and Indians are loving and supporting the Malay hawkers.

The crux of the problem is how the government is encouraging racial confrontation with it's race-based policies!

Think about it. Why should the Chinese hate Malays, or the Malays hate Indians.

It's present the government saying that all non-Malays are monopolizing wealth (untrue), while enriching only a few Malays. It's the present government that is putting up a picture of the Chinese and Indians as unpatriotic. It's the present government that is putting up the picture that Malays are eager to snatch more and more special, UNEQUAL priviledges.

There should no mention of race.

UMNO, MCA and MIC shouldn't even exist.

We should give special priviledges to all poor and disadvantaged, not only one race. Then society is harmonious.

LC_Teh said...

For the last 14 years till today I carpool to work everyday with two Malay colleagues, work in the same dept, and often eat together in the same corner, and mostly share jokes about everything under the sun except for some sensitive issues, which we try to avoid to save each others' face.

My beef is about my kid who come home from school and tell me their headmaster or some teachers put them in different corners. There was the time their Chinese studies club had a cultural show but they were denied the use of their school hall. They had to rent a public hall outside. So much for promoting racial integration in national schools. It's only good as a propaganda by some politicians who don't practice what they preach.

So tell me what's wrong with name calling? That's what kids always do. We seem to have lots of grown-up kids around anyway.

We do not mind the NEP if it really helps this country by taking the really poor folks out of the deep end. What we're not happy about is some mabuk-kuasa people intend to keep us all apart so that they can stay relevant and their hands in the till.

human book said...

List of racial discriminations in Malaysia, practiced by government as well as government agencies. This list is an open secret. Best verified by government itself because it got the statistics.

This list is not in the order of importance, that means the first one on the list is not the most important and the last one on the list does not mean least important.

This list is a common knowledge to a lot of Malaysians, especially those non-malays (Chinese, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli, Tamils, etc) who were being racially discriminated.

Figures in this list are estimates only and please take it as a guide only. Government of Malaysia has the most correct figures. Is government of Malaysia too ashamed to publish their racist acts by publishing racial statistics?

This list cover a period of about 50 years since independence (1957).

List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

(1) Out of all the 5 major banks, only one bank is multi-racial, the rest are controlled by malays

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are malays

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by malays

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be bumis status

(6) 0% of non-malay staffs is legally required in malay companies. But there must be 30% malay staffs in Chinese companies

(7) 5% of all new intake for government army, nurses, polices, is non-malays

(8) 2% is the present Chinese staff in Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), drop from 40% in 1960

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-malay government servants in Putrajaya. But malays make up 98%

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the whole government (in 2004), drop from 30% in 1960

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to malays

(12) 100% all business licensees are controlled by malay government e.g. Approved Permits, Taxi Permits, etc

(13) 80% of the Chinese rice millers in Kedah had to be sold to malay controlled Bernas in 1980s. Otherwise, life is make difficult for Chinese rice millers

(14) 100 big companies set up, managed and owned by Chinese Malaysians were taken over by government, and later managed by malays since 1970s e.g. MISC, UMBC, UTC, etc

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia, throughout 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other malay transport companies due to rejection by malay authority to Chinese application for bus routes and rejection for their application for new buses

(16) 2 Chinese taxi drivers were barred from driving in Johor Larkin bus station. There are about 30 taxi drivers and 3 are Chinese in October 2004. Spoiling taxi club properties was the reason given

(17) 0 non-malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus station (November 2004)

(18) 8000 billion ringgit is the total amount the government channeled to malay pockets through ASB, ASN, MARA, privatisation of government agencies, Tabung Haji etc, through NEP over 34 years period

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down since 1968 - 2000

(21) 2637 malay primary schools built since 1968 - 2000

(22) 2.5% is government budget for Chinese primary schools. Indian schools got only 1%, malay schools got 96.5%

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get school-text-book-loan, a malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible

(24) 10 all public universities vice chancellors are malays

(25) 5% - the government universities lecturers of non-malay origins had been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to only 5% in 2004

(26) Only 5% is given to non-malays for government scholarships over 40 years

(27) 0 Chinese or Indians were sent to Japan and Korea under "Look East Policy"

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course that they aspired e.g. Medicine (in 2004)

(29) 10% place for non-bumi students for MARA science schools beginning from year 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was 100% malays

(30) 50 cases whereby Chinese and Indian Malaysians, are beaten up in the National Service program in 2003

(31) 25% is Malaysian Chinese population in 2004, drop from 45% in 1957

(32) 7% is the present Malaysian Indians population (2004), a drop from 12% in 1957

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians had emigrated to overseas since 40 years ago

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians had emigrated to overseas

(35) 3 million Indonesians had migrated into Malaysia and became Malaysian citizens with bumis status

(36) 600000 are the Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC and were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship for 40 years. Perhaps 60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism of how easily Indonesians got their citizenship compare with the Chinese and Indians

(37) 5% - 15% discount for a malay to buy a house, regardless whether the malay is poor or rich

(38) 2% is what Chinese new villages get compare with 98% of what malay villages got for rural development budget

(39) 50 road names (at least) had been changed from Chinese names to other names

(40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to other name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or sort) when it was being officially used for a few days. Government try to shun Chinese names. This racism happened in around year 2000 or sort

(41) 0 churches/temples were built for each housing estate. But every housing estate got at least one mosque/surau built

(42) 3000 mosques/surau were built in all housing estates throughout Malaysia since 1970. No churches, no temples are required to be built in housing estates

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to be constructed. But told by malay authority that it must look like a factory and not look like a church. Still not yet approved in 2004

(44) 1 publishing of Bible in Iban language banned (in 2002)

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors of non-malay origins

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the bad guys had Chinese face, and the good guys had malay face. You can check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this tendency becomes less

(47) 10 times, at least, malays (especially Umno) had threatened to massacre the Chinese Malaysians using May 13 since 1969

(48) 20 constituencies won by DAP would not get funds from the government to develop. Or these Chinese majority constituencies would be the last to be developed

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racistly re-delineated so Chinese voters were diluted that Chinese candidates, particularly DAP candidates lost in election since 1970s

(50) Only 3 out of 12 human rights items are ratified by Malaysia government since 1960

(51) 0 - elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human Rights) is not ratified by Malaysia government since 1960s

(52) 20 reported cases whereby malay ambulance attendances treated Chinese patients inhumanely, and malay government hospital staffs purposely delay attending to Chinese patients in 2003. Unreported cases may be 200

(53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths being beaten up by malay youths in public places. We may check at police reports provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record

(54) 20 cases every year whereby Chinese drivers who accidentally knocked down malays were seriously assaulted or killed by malays

(55) 12% is what ASB/ASN got per annum while banks fixed deposit is only about 3.5% per annum

There are hundreds more racial discriminations in Malaysia to add to this list of "colossal" racism. It is hope that the victims of racism will write in to expose racism.

Malaysia government should publish statistics showing how much malays had benefited from the "special rights" of malays and at the same time tell the statistics of how much other minority races are being discriminated.

Hence, the responsibility lies in the Malaysia government itself to publish unadulterated statistics of racial discrimination.

If the Malaysia government hides the statistics above, then there must be some evil doings, immoral doings, shameful doings and sinful doings, like the Nazi, going on onto the non-malays of Malaysia.

Civilized nation, unlike evil Nazi, must publish statistics to show its treatment on its minority races. This is what Malaysia must publish……….

We are asking for the publication of the statistics showing how "implementation of special rights of malays" had inflicted colossal racial discrimination onto non-malays.