MALAY RACISM: AN “INFORMED” NON MALAY PERSPECTIVE

The following is an extract and copy of a chain letter being circulated by Bersih  and its allies. The author and his agent in Malaysia  a former public servant decorated by the King. The chain letter (now in SMS form) purports to show proof of the levels of ‘racial prejudice’ inflicted by the Malaysian government on its non Malay citizens.

This chain letter claims what it states below is “fact“, based on extracts of “factual economic data” provided by its Dutch Eurasian author, a former Malaysian now resident in  Australia.

The document (reproduced below) was sent to a prominent member of Bersih and its supporter in the opposition camp a prominent Tan Sri: Ramon Navaratnam. Navaratnam has chosen to circulate this highly inflammatory piece of hate mail to as wide a circulation as is possible in support of the Bersih rally mooted for Sunday 9 July 2011. Navaratnam is also a former prominent public servant who benefited disproportinonately beyond his contribution to the economy or to the nation in Malaysia whilst serving as a secretary to a government ministry for a number of years.

The problem with this document as you will see below in our responses to it, is that it is flimsy, half baked and is grounded on so called ‘facts’ so conveniently arranged as to conceal the truth,  the full force of truth of the author’s assumptions from being revealed. It cites no source or authority upon which to base what are in fact racist smears against Malays disguised thinly as socio political commentary.

If these ‘facts’ were arranged and presented in more scientific form as economic data is expected to be arranged for analysis, it would be exposed for what it truly is. Fabrications, fanciful and regurgitated rumours.

The qualifications of the author of this mischief are not known. Not that it is relevant. The truth after all is the truth regardless of who speaks it and for what cause.

The provenance of this document although not established is taken at face value as being that of the man the Tan Sri claims is the author, one Mr. Teddy Dielenberg resident of Australia.

The distributor  and publisher of the document in Malaysia is an economist. A social and political commentator. A resident of Malaysia and an ardent supporter of the riot that is Bersih 2.0 planned for 9 July 2011. He is now consultant to a large educational institution and property development company based in Kuala Lumpur. Need we say more ?

Our responses to each of the allegations and statements advanced by Mr. Diellenberg  the author and his Malaysian agent Tan Sri in their race hate mail are to be found below in blue below.

THE CIRCULAR  AS DISTRUIBUTED IN A CHAIN LETTER COMPLETE WITH OUR OWN COMMENTARY 

List of racial discrimination ( Malaysia ):

(1) Of the five major banks, only one is multi-racial, the rest are
controlled by Malays.

Malays are a majority in Malaysia. Since when did banks have to be multi racial in order to comply with any law in Malaysia or to be successful? Till recently these entities were owned almost exclusively by Chinese without a public tender being called for creating them under license. An exception to this practice is the Oriental Bank of Malaya previously owned by the Nicholas family of Sri Lankan Indians originally from Brickfields and Seremban, their license having being secured from the British colonial rulers then.

(2) 99% of Petronas directors are Malays.
How is that racist or racial discrimination? 100% of the Arab oil companies have Arabic directors. So too are directors of Pertamina in Indonesia post Suharto Pri Bumis, the same with the major oil companies in the US Caucasians and elsewhere such as in boards of ONGC India Indians and China Oil with its Chinese equivalent. What’s the point being made here? Is it that Chinese are so clearly superior to anyone else that if they do not appear on a board something is terribly wrong or racist about it?

(3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese.

Lee Kuan Yew has quite often stressed the point that in order to entice the Chinese into positions of employment in either government service or into government agencies there has to be two elements present:

(a)  A Chinese without motivation or

(b) a Chinese who is offered something beyond what he could earn elsewhere in the private sector.

One will remember that Lee had very little respect for his father who was an employee of that other great oil company Shell. He had contempt for his father for being an Anglophile and not the typical Chinaman gambler and risk taker.

Once more is the author of this circular suggesting that the low ratio of Chinese employee in Petronas is because the vast majority of Chinese who applied for jobs (if they did in large numbers ) were actually qualified as the best candidates for the job but rejected solely on the basis of their race of being Chinese: Or is it because they did not qualify at all which is also a possibility.  

Unless one subscribes to the myth that the Chinese qualify for everything they desire and a rejection is racist this proposition is a nonsense. Now is that same proposition advanced in favour of the Chinese of itself not be racist? Lets ask the same question of the Tibetans who have to yield to the Han Chinese in their own country or the Malays in Singapore who have to yield to the Chinese in a Malay state in which the Chinese dominate if such a situation as advanced by Ramon Navaratna here exists in these countries.

(4) 99% of 2000 Petronas gasoline stations are owned by Malays.
Good. Hock Ban Seong (BP) and the Loke Yew family holding company and other agents and licensees of foreign oil companies who the British and other foreigners favoured previously made sure that succession in these businesses were based on race. The Chinese race. This included Shell, BP, Mobil Caltex and Esso. It is called strategic planning and survival of the fittest.

At present it is the Malays who are fittest. Any problem with that? Britain and the US in their fight against Communist China favoured the Kuomintang to the extent they allowed them to cultivate opium with impunity in the Golden Triangle and supply addicts worldwide including in the UK Europe and the USA. That privilege was race based.

(5) 100% all contractors working under Petronas projects must be of
Bumis status. 

Good. The same applies in Tongsan (China or Chung Kuo and in Singapore with some exceptions) .

Once more I say why do we not ask the Tibetans or the Uighurs in China about preferential treatment in their own land dominated now by the Han Chinese? What has racism got to do with it? Dilenberg, Ramon’s Malaysian agent and those whose ideologies they advance have to find a definition for racism first before mouthing it off their views on company letterhead.

The company on whose letter heads these circulars are printed run the risk of being named party to what is clearly race hate mail. Wonder how many Australian universities have been given dispensation by the law or by parliament to engage in such pastimes at such criticizing the internal of affairs of Malaysia where racial polarization is threatening the very fabric of society there fueled by people like their executives?

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

That’s a reversal of the old Chinese and Indian practice in Malaysia of excluding Malays unless one needed a driver or peon or amah.

On another view it is one way of overcoming what is also becoming a plague here in Australia and the USA . They the Chinese are a little more subtle here in the application of their racism . It takes the form of the following qualification as; “Mandarin or other Chinese dialect” an essential pre requisite (so as to exclude non Chinese) for certain positions in companies in which they the Chinese (especially the Malaysian Chinese) hold a majority interest.

These so called facts are about as bright as the man ( the local agent in Malaysia) who circulates them. (He circulates someone elses’ lies and provocations as truth or is at the very least negligent about the veracity of its contents)

(7) 5% of all new intake for government police, nurses, army, are
non-Malays.

Perhaps they do not wish to waste their lives as Tan Sri did during his years in public service. It does not say that 95% non Malays were excluded. All it says is that 5% of all new intake are non -Malays. Again what is the point being made here? Is it that Non Malays have scaled the great heights to consider these positions inferior to their ambitions and aspirations? Explain.

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

In 1960 non Malays aspired to be highly paid airline pilots on leaving the force if not then to secure a comfortable living by remaining within the air force. The Tengku allowed them to enter at a time the economy suffered from a paler complexion than it does today.

Today the Chinese typically have or aspire to hold 2 passports. They (large numbers of them) will not stay to defend Malaysia or to take up arms against an invader as is apparent in their politics and history. They will run as they did from China in times of crisis or war. Aspiring pilots can now train outside of the air force without the constraints applied to pilots in the air force.

This chap had better watch his reputation and that of the institution he represents because by his unfounded allegations he is promoting race hatred. He does so on his company’s letterhead leading any reasonable reader to draw the inference that as board member and consultant to a large company that includes its partnerships with Australian universities, they approve his tirade against Malaysia’s government and its majority people the Malays.

(9) 2% is the percentage of non-Malay government servants in
Putrajaya, but Malays make up 98%.

If he looks up the statistics of Malays who have attained professional qualifications and Malays who have attained a tertiary education since the 1960s’ he could possibly (and I make no guarantees he is able to) deduce from it that from a population of a majority in the community, their better understanding and command of Bahasa which is a fundamental requirement to holding jobs in the government public service, it is not unusual or abnormal for such large numbers of Malays to be represented in the sector he complains of. Much like the Mandarin speaking Chinese of Singapore’s public service.

(10) 7% is the percentage of Chinese government servants in the entire
government (in 2004); a drop from 30% in 1960.

What’s the point he is making here as he is attempting to everywhere else in this list?

There have been rises and falls in statistical data everywhere especially with a nation that has experienced a tectonic shift in its industrial development over the past 3 decades. Is he expecting the Sri Lankan Jaffna Tamils to dominate the public service again as they did with their clanish caste system during the time of the Tengku? What about the impact of migration to these statistics?

Again I ask that he refers to documented statements made by the demi god of Chinese affairs in south east Asia Lee Kuan Yew on the subject of the Chinese in this region in public service before commenting in future.

(11) 95% of government contracts are given to Malays.

Good. And we all hope it remains that way. In Australia 90% of all government and mining licenses are given to Caucasians. What’s this man’s problem and what is the point he is trying to make here?

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

If 100% of business licensees (sic) are controlled by government, then it is nothing to complain about as it is what happens in most countries. The corporation’s laws and other commercial legislation typically control the conduct of licensees anywhere.

Licenses were for a long time and long enough controlled by the Triads, the Indians and the law abiding Chinese Associations in Malaysia. Not always through legitimate means About time someone else had some degree control over these resources.

General Insurance underwriting was in the hands of Chinese groups in the Kelang Valley in the 1980’s and 1990’s till they brought down companies like Mercantile Insurances Bhd to the tune of over a billion ringgit through their systematic fraud. Anwar was then Finance Minister. What’s the problem does this chap want a taxi drivers license? He shows no qualities of an ‘economist of any repute’ or a person holding office in a large publicly listed organization.

If leadership is what’s required to  hold consultancy and board positions at tertiary educational institutions and NGO’s calling for change of government then the low level of non Malays in government is justified . Caution is recommended. Especially when circulating such garbage in an attempt to incite race hatred at a time of such volatility. 

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

It always hurts when the shoe is on the other foot. What does this chap think created misery for the Malay rice planters all these years for decades? the Middle Man!! The Chinese exploiter it is documented in the geography text books of the McMillan series distributed to students in the early 1960s’ and in the annals of British colonial history f the region.

Tan Sri and his friends may wish to consider the way in which they present these so called statistics (which are nothing more than selective statements) they are inviting the reader to conclude that this is all the result of race favouritism towards the Malays and an unmeritorious system at that. Most western countries also practice a system of favouritism to right the inequities of the past they refer to as ‘positive discrimination’ or ‘affirmative action’. Or has Tan Sri and his source Teddy Diellenberg not heard of it?   

This chap invites us all to believe the Malays ( and the under privileged marginalized Indians) cannot or are unable by themselves to progress economically or to take control of their own destiny without assistance of government. It may be the case in China or Singapore; or in Indonesia with a brute like Suharto in power who gave licenses and monopolies in Indonesia to his Chinese mates during his murderous reign which he held together with their help and cooperation for 3 decades or more.

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

Name the others and I will provide the reasons and histories as to how they became big in the first place.

MISC and UMBC, UTC and Southern Bank were all the result of non public tendering of very public licenses. Public Bank, Tan Sri Khoo Tek Phuat’s Malayan Banking and others. Give me more information and I will respond.

Where are the records of disclosure to any of the management and financial structures of these companies in Chinese hands first? Lets take the listed corporates in Malaysia and their public disclosures government is struggling to re adjust in the face of allegations of racism. Pan Electric was one such example. That too the example of the morality of the head of the leading Chinese Political party at the time.  

I would be happy to identify and deal with the provenance of each of the companies whose identities you care to reveal and to answer these questions of government  ‘take over’ in greater detail. Is there a suggestion the government did not pay an adequate premium for the take over? Is there a suggestion there were no undisclosed ‘skeletons’ in the closets of these companies left behind by their Chinese owners when departing?

(15) At least 10 Chinese owned bus companies (throughout Malaysia in
the past 40 years) had to be sold to MARA or other Malay transport
companies due to rejection by Malay authorities to Chinese
applications for bus routes and rejection for their applications for
new buses.

Public transport is not a private resource. Let’s go to the history of public transport from the Klang- Kuala Selangor, KL –Kelang- Port Swettenham and the Len Omnibus company, Toong Fong and others and see how the licenses were obtained by their proprietors in the first place.

Could we go from there then to examine whether there was a right for those monopolists who bribed their way to licenses (then continued to pay to stop the competition) had in fact or law any right in the first place, either legally or morally to secure these licenses the way they did?

The anti communist movement in Malaya favoured by the British administration gave licenses to Kuomintang operatives in order to secure their co-operation in the region and to provide the conveyance necessary to infiltrate the Communist movements spreading amongst the common people.

The Chinese in all of the bus companies named, bribed for the licenses, kept paying public officials to keep others out and secured a cash cow at public expense. Fuel was subsidised and many of them paid little if any taxes. They complain having been more than adequately compensated for misappropriation of public property then selling it back to a new government at a large premium in the end when government re took these licenses to introduce a newer and fairer regime in public transport ownership.

In selling these transport companies back to government, the owners of at least two of these companies, white anted the company and its cash reserves depleting it till the companies went broke. Government and the tax payer had to foot the bill. Government and of course their NEP was blamed. There was no outcry and call for a public inquiry because the end result would have squarely showed up the Chinese for what they largely are.  

In Australia and in the US today too there is a nascent movement emerging that has at its core objectives identifying south east Asian Chinese owned assets for the same reasons that they now seek to identify tax cheats and non compliant directors of public companies elsewhere. Suspicion of buying their way in without public scrutiny.

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

And you are suggesting that the reasons given by the authorities is not valid. Okay show us your proof that the event occurred as you describe it. Then show us that it is not the case as government has described it.

Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing considering the not so subtle exclusion of Malays and others from the most prolific and profitable sector food, entertainment and beverages. It is a non tariff barrier because pork served, alcohol served and gaming in these sectors create a natural barrier to Muslims and Hindus to some extent to find employment there. In Israel if you sold pork or breached the Sabbath in certain quarters (like 3/4th of the country) you will get bashed by mobs. 

(17) 0 non-Malays are allowed to get shop lots in the new Muar bus
station (Nov.. 2004).

Good.The times they are a changing.

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

How much of it went to the Chinese and marginalized Indians under the Tengku? perhaps we did not count in billions then because Malaysia was a poor country till Mahathir kicked Chinese and Brahmin Indian butts and turned the tide around. Good luck to them. Sad fact of life for you. How much more of this money eventually was siphoned by Chinese and Indian businesses as oil palm contractors (Tabung Haji’s investments) forestry (totally Chinese controlled environmental vandalism), transport and infrastructure development, shipping retail and wholesale businesses? Why not return those funds then to the Malays to give back to government if it hurts the conscience of the non Malays so much?

(19) 48 Chinese primary schools closed down from 1968 – 2000.

Many more had closed after Chin Peng decided he could not use them to propagate his clandestine violent activities. He now wants to be like China. Communist Chauvinist Chinese but free market. Not democratic. Is this Malaysia we speak of or is it a Chinese man’s dream of hegemony. This fellow acts as a paid servant for them like Rajaratnam and other Thumby’s did for Lee Kuan Yew. Get a life Tan Sri.

(20) 144 Indian primary schools closed down from 1968 – 2000.

Pity they did not close all of them. These are not Indian schools but Tamil schools. Not much prospects in life with a Tamil only education in a community dominated by Malays and Chinese would you not say? what about some basic econometrics to work out the probabilities?

(21) 2637 Malay primary schools built from 1968 – 2000.

Thousands more Chinese schools built in China and tens of thousands of Hindi vernacular schools built in India. So what’s the point? Malays a lesser people again should not exert their primacy in their own land?

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

Again Tamil as distinct from Indians. Speak for your own backward community and their self inflicted wounds of ignorance and economic depravation. The size of the Malay community in the population is such that they do constitute a majority. That majority often tends to manifest itself in all forms of human activity.

(23) While a Chinese parent with RM1000 salary (monthly) cannot get
school textbook loan, a Malay parent with RM2000 salary is eligible.

It is called relativity and retributive justice. There was a time not so long ago when only two Malays were allowed into the schools you and I went to. Somehow there needs to be a means of fast tracking equality Tan Sri. Better than trying to equal the scores with the human bomb solutions of the disenfranchised Tamil’s of Sri Lanka would you not say so?

(24) All 10 public university vice chancellors are Malays.

How many highly educated Indians or Chinese actually covet or qualify for such a job today? Professor Christie Jeyaratnam Eliezer (late) was vice Chancellor of University of Malaya in the 1960’s. Then he like many in his class moved out. Do you really expect the Malaysian government to go after them to simply fill your quota expectations? The majority of vice chancellors in Australian Universities are Caucasian. Go to the History of Macquarie University Sydney and see what they did to the Chinese head of their law school from Singapore some 15 years ago.

(25) 5% of the government universities’ lecturers are of non-Malay
origins. This percentage has been reduced from about 70% in 1965 to
only 5% in 2004.

I think the point has been made over and over again ad nauseum. Are you suggesting the Malays are selected on race only? That is of itself a racist statement. Are you suggesting that Malays have no capacity to take up positions in any university as a vice chancellor or a lecturer? If merit mattered how come Monash University had to force Dr. Robinson its Vice Chancellor in 1998 to resign on ground she plagiarized his doctoral thesis?

(26) Only 5% has been given to non-Malays for government scholarships
in over 40 years.

How many were given to Malays when Sri Lankan Tamils and other Indians controlled the public service in the 1960’s with the Chinese and other non Malays? Then again giving scholarships to Tamils to study economics or Chinese or Eurasians could also be disastrous. Check out this circular. What scholarship lies here in this document and in the promotion of this garbage by Tan Sri?

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

Perhaps it is because they preferred to keep looking west.

(28) 128 STPM Chinese top students could not get into the course to
which they aspired, i.e. Medicine (in 2004).

An aspiration alone is insufficient to get anywhere these days. As far as I know it has always been the case. There are many many more students worldwide who aspire to get somewhere including that mythical Chinese student who scores 8 distinctions then gets marked down in her Bahasa paper by a Malay government to make her fail. She appears to be ageless as she has appeared in many other forms of late.

The point is this. There are and have been many cases of deserving Malay students too who have had to rely on their own resources inspite of great results and their Bumi pedigree. Inspite of it they have not secured a place at a university of their choice to study a course of their choice even in Tanah Melayu. Where is your proof that this is the result of racism?

(29) 10% quotas are in place for non-Bumi students for MARA science
schools beginning in 2003, but only 7% are filled. Before that it was
100% Malays.

Why not do a balanced and a proper comparative statistical analysis Tan Sri of the situation to include the period when the Malays were denied the same privileges at a time when the Indians and Chinese controlled the system? These figures may also be the result of changing demographics and choices is that not possible or do the Malays have to live their lives in a way that meets this Tan Sri’s and Diellenberg’s approval?

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

When they go to war they don’t get a kiss and cuddle from the enemy if caught. Soft bellied cadets always complain like they now do in Australia and the US as well. There women want to be combatants but complain of everything from sexist language to codes of dress. Gay servicemen want to be treated as equals and have the right to wear make up and have supple wrist performances in a fraternity that celebrates the macho man and organized controlled violence.

The ill treatment of Indian soldiers in Singaporean army units is well documented. Promotion denied on race grounds is another fact there. Why not bring a proper complaint in the proper forum to have such matters deal with? Or is this the Ambiga Sreenivasan method you prefer to adopt Tan Sri?

(31) 25% of the Malaysian population was Chinese in 2004, a drop from
45% in 1957.

The look east policy (above) the two passport mentality I alluded to above or have they discovered the pill and contraception which is anathema to Islam which is why the Malays are growing in numbers??? Scary isn’t it?

(32) 7% of the Malaysian population is Indian (2004), a drop from 12% in
1957.

Look west perhaps or the two passport preference or even contraception?

(33) 2 million Chinese Malaysians have emigrated in the past 40 years.

Goodbye and all the best. That’s not a sin or a bad reflection on a society that gives its citizens choice and the means to qualify to enter societies where greater privileges and opportunities await them. Or is it really the case? 

(34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians have emigrated overseas.

Malaysia is a free country. You only complain when they prevent you from doing so as they do in Singapore where they withold your savings for a while. Englishmen, Chinese Indians and Africans all emigrate in record numbers and settle elsewhere. The Malays I can assure have nothing to do with this phenomenon. It is as old as mankind. Look up the meaning of the term Racism Tan Sri.

(35) 3 millions Indonesians have migrated to Malaysia and become
Malaysian citizens with Bumis status.

Its called spreading the good new and sharing your blessings with your kin. A bit like the Kongsi sytem the Chinese practice and the practice in Singapore of replacing its migrating citizens with Chinese from Hong Kong and China. Tan Sri too could achieve this if he migrated to India although I don’t think he would fit in there. Moreover Tamils are a problem there too because they remain the only state in India who refuse to study or subscribe to a national language. Maybe you should give it serious consideration anyhow. As for Diellenberg that may not be possible as he knows not where he comes from.

(36) 600,000 Chinese and Indian Malaysians with red IC were rejected
repeatedly when applying for citizenship in the past 40 years. Perhaps
60% of them had already passed away due to old age. This shows racism,
based on how easily Indonesians got their citizenships compared with
the Chinese and Indians.

The Tengku without consulting the Malays allowed over 1,000,000 citizenships to be given to non Malays during his tenure as PM of Malaysia. In doing so he ended up reducing the Malays majority from nearly 80% to the 60% they are today. And you wonder why they are angry and feel marginalized?

Idi Amin had the right idea with the Indians as did Sukarno with the Chinese and General Rambuka with Indians in Fiji. Perhaps Malaysia should do what all its neighbours did to their non indigenous populations. Force them to take local names, prohibit the public use or teaching of vernacular languages as Chinese under the pain of punishment and stifle their cultural growth so that they are fully assimilated into the local culture? would that solve your problem Tan Sri? Please speak for yourself and your pseudo Brahmin caste ridden following as baggage carriers for the Chinese. What you do here not only promotes and speeds up the process of “Ketuanan Melayu”.It also legitimses it.

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

Most countries in the west are trying desperately to emulate if not perfect this model.

(38) 2% is what new Chinese villages get, compared with 98% – what
Malay villages got for rural development budget.

Why should there be Chinese villages. This is not China. They still dominate in this sector with oil palm for instance because the majority bribe the weaker amongst government servants and withhold cooperation or supplies they control to Malays who try to build half descent living in agriculture. Its history and well documented. Would you some sources for reference?

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

In a Muslim country they the Christians have had churches and continue to have them. The rate of decline n the Catholic faith for instance worldwide is quite alarming why more churches? temples are erected by Hindus without permits by claiming sacred ground through the ritual tying a yellow ribbon round every mango tree, the Chinese a tokong datuk under every banyan tree complete with the sacrificial pig (a creature offensive to Muslims) a practice that has endured for centuries without Malay Muslim majority consent. And you have the audacity to complain?

Is this the philosophy of the universities your group have tied with  Tan Sri? Perhaps we ought to circulate these documents to them for a comment.

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

Good we have had enough of paedophiles even in Christian countries and Brahmins who control temples deserve to be deprived of their ‘god given right’ to pursue the bullying and robbing and enslaving of ‘lower caste’ Hindus which is where all of the problems of Tamils in Malaysia can be traced back to. Let’s begin with exposing Datuk Ambiga the Brahmin shall we? 

(43) 1 Catholic church in Shah Alam took 20 years to apply to have a
building constructed. But they were told by Malay authority that it
must look like a factory and not like a church. As of 2004 the
application still have not been approved. But it got built in the end?

How many mosques are allowed in France where nearly 12 % of the population are Muslim. How many in Germany or England where a large numbers of converts to Islam have been recorded? How many in the land of the “brave and free” the USA? they have not too insignificant numbers of Muslims there in places like Michigan, New York, California, Texas, Pensylvania and Ohio. If you believe in democracy then you must adhere to the will of the majority. 

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

And the publishing of the Vedic scriptures that promote casteism? The Ibans do not constitute a majority in the country. The Christians are not a majority either. I thought this complaint was about unfairness and inequity and undemocratic practices?

(45) 0 of the government TV stations (RTM1, RTM2, TV3) are directors
of non-Malay origin.

There was a time when they were all or mainly non Malays. You did not complain then. Which shower did you come down in?

(46) 30 government produced TV dramas and films always showed that the
bad guys had Chinese faces, and the good guys had Malay faces. You can
check it out since 1970s. Recent years, this has become less of a
tendency. So too in the west.

Then why not raise a complaint there in the west where TV originated from? There they depicit white women as being cheap falling in love and getting into bed with every Tom Dick and Harry for the price of a glass of Whiskey or worse still a false compliment. That too is racist and sexist but true.

The majority of criminal gangs have and continue to be dominated by Chinese in south east Asia. It matters not whether it is Lo Hsin Han of Myanmar’s drug empire or the white collar Tamil exploiting Triads in Malaysia. Who is to blame for that?

The Chinese are the only known group that have a diety in their religion for the practice of gangsterism. Kwan Ti the patron saint of Triads. In Melbourne and in Sydney the Chinese and Viet Namese and Lebanese are disproportionately represented in crime statistics. In the US the Hispanics and African Americans. So what? When Avatars dominate the screen we will have something more neutral and fantasy based.

The bottom line is that your information in this respect is grossly distorted. It may not be an acceptable thing to do agreed but how is that government policy as you suggest?

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

Those were only mere threats. The Chinese communists massacred Indians and Malays and Chinese in large numbers for over two decades. That is fact. Not threats alone. They were led by a man Ambiga and the Malaysian Bar want returned to Malaysia. His name is Chin Peng. The group he led was the MCP. Tit for Tat, butter for fat, you kill my rat I kill your cat.

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

Are you suggesting these “victims of Malay racism” voted the DAP because they were Chinese? Lim Kit Siang will swear on a stack of bibles his party is not racist or slanted (pardon the pun) towards Chinese causes. But then again Tan Sri you and Ambiga and your cohorts in this conspiracy to overthrow government claim that the elections were not fair or free in Malaysia. Perhaps you should as an advisor to these chaps tell them to give up their seats won in elections not free and fair and wait for free and fair elections. Or do you want it both ways?  

In Singapore the ‘pin up boy state’ for Malaysia’s Chinese when Anson voted in Ben Jeyaratnam the Workers Party late leader, they were denied rubbish collection, water supply was rationed and other forms of pressure illegally applied to them. We are not alone. Its what the Malays fear of that change the Chinese and their supporters are touting in a DAP Bersih Malaysia. Same promises by lee have not been kept 65 years on.

(49) 100 constituencies (parliaments and states) had been racially
re-delineated so Chinese votes were diluted for
Chinese candidates. This is one of the main reasons why DAP candidates
have consistently lost in elections since the 1970s. (update to 2008
needed).

Better than using the gun which the Chinese did with Chin Peng or having no vote at all which is what you Ambiga and your cohorts demand. It is called gerrymandering and is practiced in many countries like Singapore, the USA and Australia. Have you proof of the intention of government in this regard? but why would Chinese want to vote for Chinese? are they not complaining of this horrible practice of divisions of “Malaysians” along ethnic and race lines today?

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

What “Items” are these you refer to? The US like Britain may have ratified more of the articles of the UN’s Human Rights  Declaration but have not and continue not to put these into effect or practice where non white and non Christian interests are concerned.

Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN Charter of Human Rights. The US refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the international court in the “Nicaragua case” as a means of not having to comply with its decisions or submitting to the jurisdiction of the ICJ because it did not suit them then. 

It is in the end a question of how each country chooses to practice what the west calls “Human Rights”. Malaysia has not bombed Iraq nor invaded another country. It generously and some say foolishly gave away its crown jewel in Singapore to a bunch of Chinese citizens who chose to serve the west for thirty pieces off silver. That’s their prerogative. But don’t make blanket statements that have no foundation in fact or truth.

(51) 0 – elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (UN Human
Rights) has not been ratified by Malaysian government since 1960s.

So what? India continues to kill its minorities with impunity (Gujarat in 2001- the Babri Masjid in 1994 and more) whilst being a signatory of the UN Charter on human rights. China does not even acknowledge the rights of its own citizens and never has in its history. Combined that’s half the world’s populations we speak of and arguably two of its most influential countries today.

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

Be specific. Was the man choking on a piece of pork? Lets get real. Go to private hospitals if you can to avoid such treatment. The number of Chinese ministers of Health since independence may point to reason for this. 20 cases of ill treatment of Chinese by Malay ambulance drivers? Really where?

In the state of Victoria alone in Australia there were more than 100 reported instances of ambulances not showing up or not showing up on time or at the right place resulting in a number of fatalities in one year alone. 2002. The numbers are on the rise nationally. This not just against Chinese patients but against everyone. And guess what? Australia is signatory to the UN Human Rights Charter.

In the US many are left to die on the streets because they have no universal health care there anymore. And guess what’s more? Obama may lose office next year because the Republicans and the health industry there do not want universal health care. At least the Chinese in this case if you are to be believed had been attended to albeit by your description in an inhumane way. Now what does that mean? The ambulance driver or attendant showing up in a vehicle that was not a Rolls Royce or having traces of garlic in his breath?

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

Why would the Chinese knock down a Malays in the first place? because they are Malays? The Chinese not just in Malaysia but in many places have a terrible driving record (youtube Russell Peters Canadian Indian comedian). So too with Indians and many others.

It is the Kiah Su mentality in Malaysia. Arrogance on the roads as it is everywhere. Take a look at your roads and your drivers. Why are you so shamelessly batting for the Chinese here? are you a paid stooge or simply a volunteer of a stooge like Ambiga is? Can’t the Chinese speak for themselves or have they something to hide?

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

It is even less in some other parts of the world. Show me your economic credentials with your friend the other economist and explain to me why bank deposits should attract higher rates of interest in Malaysia (if that’s what you are complaining of?

There are hundreds more examples of racial discrimination in Malaysia
to add to this list of ‘colossal’ racism. It is hoped that the victims
of racism will write in to help expose this situation. 

We are doing our bit here thanks to you, Bersih, Pemudah and Tan Sri.

The Malaysian government should publish statistics showing how much
Malays had benefited from the ‘special rights’ of Malays and at the
same time release the statistics which show how minority races are
being discriminated against.

Agree. But I do not think they will be rushing to prepare statics in this respect when you already have done a commendable job reinforced by its circulation by a prominent economist in Malaysia. No need to re invent the wheel. Malaysia has achieved economic progress Australia and the US in their current pathetic economic situations would be proud of.

The Malaysian government has other priorities like advancing their economic programmes, advancing the causes of the majority, the Malays. I Plan to return with a contribution. Not for a hand out. I have already made my plans to return.

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 Nazis, going on with the non-Malays of Malaysia .

How could they possibly have hidden the “statistics” above when someone like you Sherlock has so cleverly dug them out for the world to see? In addition you have “My Dear Watson” Tan Sri an economist in tow. How could you go wrong. Way to go I say.

Civilized nations, unlike the evil Nazis, must publish statistics to
show its treatment of 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.

Well at least you admit Malaysia is a civilized state by your comment in this regard. Thats a start. Lets also write to the government of Julia Gillard about their treatment of Australian Aboriginals, of Muslim women being dishonoured for wearing their veils and to Obama for the compensation for Native American Indians and African Americans the subject of the Tuskugee experiment shall we?

It is a hidden form of apartheid.

and being hidden you so cleverly discovered it. Well well well…I beg to differ and say it is an open form of affirmative action aided and abetted by the Chinese, Indians and the British at independence.

WITH MUCH LOVE AND AFFECTION TO TAN SRI RAMON NAVARATNAM AND MR. DIELLENBERG,

SINCERELY

GOPAL RAJ KUMAR

Comments
28 Responses to “MALAY RACISM: AN “INFORMED” NON MALAY PERSPECTIVE”
  1. A good piece to be shared with every malaysian.

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  2. AYAH says:

    Thanks GRK. I know the Diellenbergs from my younger days in Kedah and Penang and I know what they are. I know too of Tan Sri the economist. He speaks like a Malay when he is with them but we all know that he survives on the handouts he gets from his paymasters. He will be nobody today, in spite of his Tan Sriship, if he were not propped up by the people who have profitted from the government’s economic policies. Dia memang ular.

    I will be spreading the mesage.

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  3. grkumar says:

    The Dielenbergs if they did write the article Tan Sri circulates, do very little damage to anyone. I have just spoken to a lawyer from Kelang where one of the Dielenbergs once worked as a teacher. He may have had his views which appear to be similar to the views expressed here but perhaps is not the same person. A relative possible as the name is not very common.

    But the Tan Sri and his mate the Datuk have in my view lost the right to wearing the decoration of their titles of Tan Sri or Datuk. This is because of their betrayal of the nation whose rulers have decorated them. With that decoration come certain responsibilities as I understand it. Clearly one of those responsibilities is not betraying the nation in the interests of a foreign authority or lying or inciting seditious behaviour designed to bring down a legitimate government.

    Judas Iscariot had more honour in him. He hanged himself after betraying Jesus knowing in his heart he had done the wrong thing.

    Well may we say “God save the Queen”. But nothing will save the Tan Sri, Datuk Ambiga, the judges in and out of office who have collaborated, other lawyers like Tommy Thomas (self proclaimed constitutional expert part time Canadian part time Malaysian) included who appear to have worked to destabilise and to destroy a nation whose constitution they are sworn to uphold.

    Big gamble by all. Big gamble.

    GRK

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  4. Raja says:

    GRK,
    I’m not sure whether you’ll post my comments. For sure your highlights may attract a lot of people. As a citizen who wants fair treat from govt, I would expect more impartial comments from you!
    The issue is not against any race but fair treat for govt. I was having good chat with a Malay friend in Langkawi. We shared a lot of good info each other. Do you know what’s happening in our country now? English people were having Divide and Rule system on Malayans before independence. The only change is current system is imposing it on Malaysians indirectly even though there are so many concepts have been released – One Malaysia, Wawasan 2020, etc.
    Be fair enough to yourself! I feel relationship among races were much better in 70’s & 80’s than now. Y? You mean citizens spoiled it themselves. No, it’s the indirect approaches under too many schemes & concepts split the citizens. Appreciate if I can see more useful forums is getting started, i.e how to get closer to your neighbours, get know your customer rights, human rights, consumer rights, methods to gain unity, how to select your leader, etc.

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    • grkumar says:

      I am not too sure I understand what you mean by your comments. However if by what you say here the government has a lot to answer for because it runs too many campaigns like Wawasan 2020 and one Malaysia I beg to differ. I invite you to be more specific and tell me and our readers how this is so.

      You have a “Malay” friend in Langkawi. Why is your friend not simply your friend?; Why is he a “Malay” friend? perhaps therein lies a reason why we still have to teach people about the one Malaysia they speak of but do not practice. Old prejudices run deep. Government has a duty to intervene and try to make it happen.

      There was a time stage the Singapore government had to spend millions to make their people do comes naturally to other civilized beings. They had to teach them to smile and to be courteous. They, in their rush to Kiah Su, did not even bother to be normal or human. Take your pick.

      In any event making allegations against someone is one thing. Proving its truth is another. When Bersih can do more than chant slogans and treat people of all colours and political persuasions
      equally and fairly they can claim the moral high ground. Till then better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

      GRK

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  5. I have black friends, I have Asian friends, I have moslum freinds, I have Malay friends.

    The Malays along with the dark skinned indians are an oppressed minority in Malaysia, while the chinese, north Indians, brahmins and the odd Mat Salleh still rule the roost

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  6. YKL says:

    Malay million/ billionaires are entitle to purchase million ringgit properties at a discount.

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  7. anti bohmau says:

    if you look at thy neighbour’s grass, yes! it is greener!! try go & live with thy neighbour you envy so much. will the grass become any greener?

    ingrates are ingrates!!!

    thanks grk for answering the tan sri @ dato’ @ kiah su & all very well enough!

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  8. grkumar says:

    You are honest. But it is difficult to leave each of these races out of any conversation. This blog responds to the tripe that flows out of pseudo ‘revolutionaries’ and ‘reformers’whose only ammunition is to incite racial strife by firstly blaming all Malays for divisions, for perceived and real problems. They accuse them in the most vile and uncivil manner of ill treatment, undemocratic behaviour and discrimination.

    When that sort of argument takes hold of the consciousness then anyone with a pen and some time will and ought to respond in kind. When that happens unfortunately, especially the Chinese Malaysians cry foul. They instigate the name calling and the unfounded allegations. It is also a trend now to use idiots like Anwar and Ambiga to advance their causes. At the fore front of these causes is the domination of the region like they have done in Singapore.

    Australia and the US have finally come to realise these people are not friends. Nothing about them is civil. The US and Australia have now begun to take stock of a people so mired in unfair practices and corruption that they have now put China on notice. This applies to their apologists in the region as well like the Malaysian Chinese chauvinists like Kit Siang and those cowardly elements of the Malaysian Bar and PKR that back them.

    Amen amen amen

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  9. David says:

    The commentary here is so full of drivel and logical flaws that it defies any reasoned argument. The facts speak for themselves.The spurious remarks about the Dutch origins of the term apartheid takes the cake.

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    • grkumar says:

      Good. Now that you have wiped the froth off your mouth, which article in particular do you refer to in your rage Herr Schulberg? are you referring to the comments of D’Lindberg or Navaratnam to which we added our own? As for Apartheid well the Dutch were the engineers of Apartheid. WOuld you care to re write history? be my guest.

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  10. Katrina says:

    Your arguments using examples from other countries…how is it relevant to Malaysians again?

    I’m with David, you have a simple mind. I hope you reach a certain level of awareness someday to realize how ridiculous and petty your comments are.

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    • grkumar says:

      relevance is something you either understand or you don’t. The analogies using other countries examples appears to go above your head and that’s fine. Simplistic? well it is meant to be simple so that even simpletons (like you) may understand complex arguments. I do have a simple mind and keep to simple things like writing for simple people like you. Glad you bothered to read. Perhaps a little more enlightened now? inspite of the confusion and disagreement with the substance? but thats to be expected from someone as complex and sophisticated as you?

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    • grkumar says:

      Malaysia does not exist in a vacuum. It has a parliamentary constitutional government imported from another country. It has migrants imported from other countries. It has students who go to other countries to study and work. It imports goods and ideas from other countries and is aligned militarily, politically and religiously to other countries.

      I choose to remain simple if you are an example of the sophistry you expect of people like me. Keep with David and let him keep you happy in every way you choose. Little things please little minds, little trousers fit little behinds.

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  11. Egbert Lau says:

    The above comments in response to the allegations are mostly rubbish. It is diificult to read comments from someone who is totally unaware of the corruptions in malaysia. Do you speak the truth or otherwise?

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    • grkumar says:

      You have not identified the bits you consider to be “rubbish”. Allegations? The allegations are made by the person who posted that scurrilous bit of tripe. I merely responded to Dielenberg’s claims blow by blow. If you are aware of the corruptions (sic) in Malaysia you speak of, then give me an example of some of these as I have always opened this blog to those with facts and proof or at least plausible speculation. Let me have your versions with admissible proof and I will go through these with my team. Otherwise be content to collecting and digesting the “rubbish” we print as you just have.
      Do I speak the truth or otherwise? well thats for you to determine. I responded to what someone in your camp clearly believes is the truth. It appears to unsettle you like it has many others (in that same camp you belong to).

      GRK

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  12. kotaypanjang (Kpanjang) says:

    mr lau , i is the allegation rubbish or the comments rubbish.

    or isthe allegation 100% true or the comment 100% true.

    if the allegation is 50% true and the comment 50% rubbish,

    Then who is talking cock here. you or kumar

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    • grkumar says:

      who are we trying to impress with simple mathematics here? these Chinese who dislike the truth are never impressed even if they wrote the commentary themselves.

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  13. Singam says:

    The allegation above remain as a fact no matter how you divert, convert, deny, compare and excuse, this deliberate act of denial is just a syndrome floating alongside the bullying, corrupted regime called BN. GR Kumar is just another paid mouth piece of BN, so what.

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  14. SABAHAN says:

    malays are pendatang also. so were chinese, indians . The lain-lain of dayaks, orang asli and kadazans are true original race in this country. Malays are using bthe political and the huge population to say that they are natives.Stop confusing the rakyat.We know your dirty tricks, umno goons.

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    • SABAHAN right to democracy says:

      yes. corect sais , SABAHAN. MALAYS are also pendatang same as chinese and indians.

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      • grkumar says:

        The Malays are accepted universally as being the original inhabitants or their descendants of the original inhabitants of what is now Malaysia. The Orang Asli, Dayaks, Kadazans and the other indigenous variety of Malays did not spring up from the ground. They too came from somewhere many many millenium ago.

        As the country grew, and the Chinese and before them the British began clearing forests for timber and to build cities and towns, the “orang Asli” were forced into the urban sprawl and integrated and assimilated with other Malays already in that urban sprawl before them for the same reasons.

        The Chinese and Indians are of more recent migrant stock. That does not mean they are the indigenous people of Malaysia. There is a distinct difference you ought to bring yourself up to scratch with in your learning in this regard. Clearly there is a deficit there. However loud the Chinese and Indians shout about the issue it will not change their position as being Pendatangs. They are also Malaysians. But thats about their nationality not their race or their origins. Anthropologists have clearly identified the Malays as being the original inhabitants’of the peninsula and the surrounding islands of Borneo and Indonesia.

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  15. Row says:

    Many of your responses to the statistics are along the lines of ‘Good. The Chinese/Indians did the same/worse to Malays before, so they deserve this’. I fail to see how that kind of attitude is not racist. Malaysia needs to finally move forward in a way that embraces all the races who, like it or not, make up this beautiful country – not look back and use the past to justify “tit for tat, butter for fat”.

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    • grkumar says:

      You firstly have to get your head around the definition of racist. Malaysia had long ago made up its mind to accept the other races and to try to forge a nation out of these races. it has by and large succeeded where others around them failed. It has an enviable economic, social and security record. Your statement that it is a beautiful country which I do not disagree with is of itself an admission of what is important. Its success as a nation. So what on earth are you bitching about? Malaysia has to overcome its past in order to secure its future. The Chinese and Indians have to show some remorse for their past conduct in sidelining the Malays simply because they were thought to be inferior. Without repentance there can be no forgiveness. The Malays are moving forward.

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