Un-Malaysian Malaysians?


I noticed something jaw-opening and mind-bending (for me at least) yesterday while having my usual 6.00pm teh tarik session with my colleagues yesterday. We had diverted to an Indian shop for our drinks and food due to heavy rains, our presence absent from our usual mamak stall. What surprised me was that a couple of them didn’t know what a thosai was, much less what a puri, vade and pakora was. Scratching my head in bewilderment, I had to explain what they were, and recommended a few items for them to have with their teh tariks.

I’m baffled because we are Malaysians. I think that is a strong enough declaration which really does not require any explanation of any form. But for the benefit of those curious about what the former statement means, I will try to explain. As I told Dr Ramesh Biswas, a reknowned architect and author based in Vienna, Austria, whom I had a pleasure to work with on a book on Malaysia – Malaysia – Riches From The Golden Land, “Malaysia IS Food. Forget the shopping, forget the site-seeing. Malaysia IS Food, plain and simple”.

From the wonders of Chinese cuisine, to tasty Malay, to exotic Indian plus many more saliva-inducing yummies, Malaysia is all about good food. There isn’t a corner in the city which isn’t offering food of some sort, any time of the day. It’s wonderful. Choices, choices, choices. If local fare isn’t your thang, try Italian, Spanish, Tex-Mex, Greek, Swiss, German (pant pant). Or fusion. Whatever turns you on. Spoilt for choice, that’s what we are.

So it’s really funny that some have not even discovered our local fare. Where have they been? Having Chinese food, everyday 365 days a year? Gee, that’s sad. Really. Which comes to mind Malaysians who go overseas and just glue together, never exploring, never mingling, never even trying to learn the local culture. Instead speak their own dialects, eat Chinese food and shop in Chinatown. This is not about Chinese bashing, just giving an example, so don’t flame me 🙂

Back to the matter at hand – food. I got some puzzled stares from the Indian shop owner and his wife when I wanted my koli varuvel and payasam, almost not believing that it was this chinky Chinese dude ordering Indian food. I was quite surprised since it is quite a norm for me, as I do enjoy Indian cuisine a lot. And I mean a lot. Give me banana leaf rice anyday. Or thalli, the vegetarian version.

Hey, why not we all meet up for a good round of banana leaf rice one of these days? I’ll bring two of my most Indian friends – one who is Chinese and one who is actually Indian. We’ll have a laugh and lots of good food, I promise.

Oh, by the way, want a review of Kashmeer Naan? Visit AW’s blog.

“Malaysia IS Food”

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By Vernon

Vernon is the founder and chief editor of A graphic designer by profession, he has a deep love for technology, cars, gadgets, food, and travel. He tweets too much and is also known as a caffeine bacterium ("life's too short for bad coffee"). Bleeds Blue (go Chelsea FC!) and considers BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo cars to have in the garage--for true petrolheads, that is.

20 replies on “Un-Malaysian Malaysians?”

I wish to point out that the Orang Asli, not the malays, are the original inhabitants of Malaysia. Most of the malay Malaysians came from Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia. They only migrated here much earlier than the Chinese and Indian Malaysians. It does not mean they deserve privileges or rights just because they were the pioneer immigrants.

It is true that there have been abuses under the name of malay special rights and it is the duty of the malays in particular, and all Malaysians in general, to stop it so that the rightful malays get their rights, and the non-malays get their rights as citizens of this country.

It’s a sad thing to say, but I do believe the main thing that’s holding back malays is not the Chinese or the Indians, but the malays themselves. That’s why Dr M and Pak Lah have been quoted as telling to throw away crutches and work hard to face the challenges of globalisation.

The malay and others of the same mind should learn to stand on their own feet rather than claim for special privileges and rights. The world is becoming globalised and if they don’t change their attitude, they will only become beggars in their own country.

As for the malays who insist on hiding behind the veil of malay special rights – you have lost the respect of non-malays a long time ago.

We also suspect that the current situation will, unfortunately, get worse if no action is taken now. Why? Because our kids in school hardly mix with each other. They will grow up with little understanding of their fellow Malaysians, and with the suspicions that exist, it will be worse.

The truth of the matter is that polarisation in Malaysia is caused by the discriminatory practises of the government – especially after the NEP – rather than vernacular education.

The NEP is upheld for the rich and not the poor in Malaysia.

Whether we admit it or not, the problem is that the special rights and privileges given have now resulted in only a selected few bumis getting richer and richer. The bulk of the bumis, especially in the rural areas are not benefiting from the system.

Poor people are poor people, rich people are rich people – no matter which race they come from.

The poor in Malaysia must be served but I am sure all taxpayers feel that this should be done in a manner which is blind to age, ethnicity, gender and religion.

What’s wrong with extending help to all deserving citizens based on needs and merits regardless of race?

The Malaysian problem is that rich do become richer. And because of the political system, the players are the same.

Out of control – this is all I can say about any type of enforcement and the level of corruption in Malaysia. No idea what Pak Lah has done in his first year in office but judging from the ground, I guess nothing much.

If you have ever heard of the simple saying, “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime,” you will realise that many non-bumis have learned how to fish but the government is still handing out fishes to the bumis. One day the fish will run out.

If you want to say discrimination is here in the US, yes, of course it is. Can you name a country where it doesn’t happen? But let me tell you one thing – if you go looking for it, you will find it. But in Malaysia, you don’t have to go look for it because it seeks you out, slaps you in your face every which way you turn, and is sanctioned by law!

Official figures have more than one million Chinese Malaysians emigrating over the past 25 years. Why did they emigrate? I am sure the government knows.

For most professionals, living abroad has its own ups and downs. But, you get dignity, fair treatment, and respect for your ability. You get a voice, too. And ears to hear you.

Brain drain by the tank-loads is what we get. Every single year, Malaysia loses people who could potentially contribute to the country immensely.

So the malay, you may keep your rights and perpetuate them. Such things are archaic. Who loses in the end? Your country, which should have been a first world one by today.

I sympathize with those that have benefited from the NEP, but the bad news is that the price he pays for his progress is much higher than what he pays for his benefit.

These special privileges and rights were once a necessity for them to move forward. Today, after many decades, they find themselves still standing in the same place.

It is a shame that our history has been constantly twisted so that our younger generation has no understanding of Malaysia’s foundation and its true aspirations.

It is arguable that if not for the contributions of the Chinese and Indian Malaysians who helped in the development of this country tremendously, Malaysia would probably be in same category like Indonesia or the Philippines, if not worst.

To improve the malays lot, more have to be made to work in private companies where competition is real and what counts is your ability. If special rights only help malays to become government servants, then all the more reason not to invoke special rights.

But of course, the present ruling elite drunken with wealth, will continue to fight this dream to ensure that Malaysia is kept divided so that BN can continue to rule.

Alternatively, Malaysians may begin to realise the dream of a new Malaysia.

The bitter truth is that the majority of this nation don’t see the need to change things yet and until then, we can do little about it.

The bottom line with present day globalisation is this: compete on a level-playing field or you will lose. Plain and simple.

This country would be a great country if there is no division of races. With its richness of natural resources, Malaysia should be one among the most developed nation in Asia.

Bitter to say, all those money lost to corrupt politicians and cronies, and unprofitable projects.

This is what saddens me as Malaysian.

However, I do believe a brain drain is inevitable. I believe it is happening. As a student in long-ago school, I see it every year. Each and every year after the holidays, there are a few less people in class. Why? Their parents emigrated down under West.

I left the country in the 90s because of the injustices in Malaysia perpetrated by Umno. I made my fortune and no returned home but I thought Mahathir had somehow managed to turn the mindset of Umno around into focusing on global competition, instead of petty race-based competition.

Now I am certain that those in power want the affirmative action policies to continue, not because these policies benefit the general malay population, but because these policies give Umno the right to continue to plunder the country.

Legalised theft is what they are after, and if anyone dares speak out, they just tell you to leave the country so that they can continue their plunder.

It’s sad, but my children don’t have to live through this injustice. They can go anywhere they want in the world, and I encourage them.

There are many people who made big names as Malaysians only when they are treated better in other countries, not because they are Malaysians but because they are treated as one of their own.

That’s explain why they choose not to come back. Treatment was so good that they offered their family to emigrate over there.

Since Umno is playing the race cards openly, the coming future for non-malays is suffering through endurance. How many more years should we Malaysians suffer? It is not only the non-malays but also the poor malays struggling for survival in isolated villages.

Anyway, these people voted with their feet and wrote about their experience. They wanted to tell you about this country and how its government discriminated its minority people.

I can feel they love this country too but this country or rather this government did not love them. I can also feel their sadness and how things are turning for their malay brothers and sisters who are getting weaker and weaker in this globalised world, and all this is Umno’s fault.

They realised if this is not stop immediately, this country will eventually go down the drain like those fourth world banana republics.

Their ancestors have helped this country to fight for independence and even fought off Japanese invaders but our government has never been grateful and instead discriminated against them to the hilt.

They also saw that they have become second-class citizens in their country of birth, and were very disappointed when Indonesia labours can become first class citizens whereas foreign spouses of non-malays took years just to get a PR. Even terrorists like Hambali and Abu Bakar can become PR holders easily. Something is definitely wrong with this country.

Here maybe you are malay and oblivious to others who are suffering and as a Muslim yourself, is this injustice reconcilable to the tenets of Islam?

Tony Gunawan also voted with his feet and went on to become USA’s first world badminton doubles champion. Instead of helping his original country to badminton glory, he helped another country to become a potent rival.

The same could be said of our citizens who voted with their feet. Many went to Singapore and worked for companies that became our competitors. If our country and government has been kind to some of its citizens, this additional competition wouldn’t have been created. I hope the present government will realise its folly and there is no substitute to real meritocracy.

The non-malays don’t want everything but only fairness and social justice, a very tenet of your malays great religion. If you can’t even subscribe to the tenets of your own religion, I am afraid you may be branded a hypocrite and a very racist one at that.

It is not true that there will be no policy that can keep every race happy.

Only the person who thinks that he should be treated better than others would object to a policy that is fair to all.

That feeling of “entitlement” is created by politicians who have found a convenient way to retain power in parliamentary democracy.

As a grass root, I hope that all Malaysians will live in harmony and work towards a better tomorrow, a better environment for the children.

Help each other with basic compassion of a human being.

When you see a blind woman trying to cross a busy road, you jump forward to guide her. You are not helping her because of her skin color or her religion. You help simply out of compassion of a human being.

Extend that spirit to our fellow countrymen. Give all those lagging behind with a helping hand, you won’t miss a malay who needs help, neither will you miss a non-malay who needs help.

Since you all obviously have a lot of angst inside of you, I am hereby posting to comment about Malaysia and its dreadful quota system or how inefficient the country is.

I am a Malaysian and have lived in Singapore very happily the past 6 years.

Every time I go back to Malaysia, my parents can’t stop reminding me not to carry a clutch bag out, not to drive out late at night, to go out in groups and never walk alone on the street.

Every time I read the newspapers, I cringe in horror at all the crimes I see in the papers.

Every time I talk to my friends, they tell me about my drug lord friend who keeps having to pay the policemen to keep them away from him.

Every time I walk outside, I cringe at the malays whistling and calling me Amoy despite me wearing a t-shirt and jean.

If you are embarrassed that I don’t see what Malaysia has to offer, I am embarrassed you think that we Malaysians living in Singapore should all think like you.

Ignorant and superficial?

Just because I enjoy being able to walk down the streets without having to keep turning around to see if someone’s tailing me? Just because I got a good quality degree here? Just because I like order and cleanliness?

If that is ignorance and superficiality, so be it.

You cannot change the system in Malaysia, so if you really hate it that much, emigrate. It is Malaysia’s loss, not yours.


I hate to admit this but I do very much agree with you. Malaysia is my home and will always hold a special place in my heart. However, I feel that my future no longer hold in this country due to various reasons, some you have already mentioned and some personal.

I have lived in UK and my heart now is in Europe.

Malay nationalists especially Umno would rather let Malaysia bankrupt than let it progress and prosperous, manage by the Chinese.

They will rather let the people and country suffer than hurting their own ego. That is the fact and this system will remain until Malaysia is bankrupt.

This country is in for very hard times and year 2020 will see the country going down the drain as an even more underdeveloped country.

The NEP is the very reason why I and many of my partners refuse to invest in Malaysia. We know this is a loss of opportunities for us but it is also a loss for Malaysia because it has lost investments and job creation.

For example, we start a business. We take all the risks and do all the hard work. Say, we are successful and have grown sufficiently for us to relax. We do this by listing our shares in the KLSE so that others can share in the fruits of our success.

What happens! The Umno government insists that we reserve at least 30%, for bumis often, at a discounted price. What have the bumis done or contributed towards the success of our company?


They have done nothing towards it! Yet they want to take our success at a discounted price and also have two chances to get the shares. Once at the 30% reserved shares and second, at the general balloting.

Why cannot they buy our shares like all the others? No! Our feeling is that they are robbing us of our hard work and the risks taken by us. To say that this policy is to help the bumis is a lie and rubbish.

It is to enrich the Umno malays only. The poor of all races do not benefit from this at all.

Imagine our prime minister lecturing on the real facts of peace and unity in Malaysia.

“We (government) do not practise meritocracy and social fairness. We practise discrimination and racism in our education system, housing allocation and discount, jobs, university entry. We extort and blackmail non-bumis through Approved Permits and shares equity. We dish out handouts to bumis, etc. That is how we achieve peace and unity.”

The only reason why there is peace and unity is because the non-bumis are tolerant, progressive, peace, moderate, magnanimous and loving, despite the racism, keris wielding and discriminatory policies.

If the future leader is bollocks then the future of this country is also bollocks.

The education system in this country from top to bottom is going from bad to worst, we are producing robots, incompetent, hapless, crony and brainwashed leaders.

Going by that, the track record of the Umno government is nothing less than embarrassing and shameful.

While the rich and famous in the Umno coalition is feasting off the richness of the land christened Malaysia, thousands more are languishing in poverty, sickness and adverse social circumstances.

I care for my fellow citizens regardless of race and religion and there is nothing more I wish to see that for them to be able to lead a decent life through diligence and honesty. But such values are of no worth in a corrupted and racist system like the Umno government’s.

The current debate is not about race, religion or political ideology. It’s about good values or rather, the lack of them in the current Umno politicians.

One must not mistake hatred against racism with hatred against race. The former is admirable, and the latter deplorable.

From the comments of you malay, I can conclude that he is either delirious and confused or he is simply a typical Umno politician – colored-vision, conceited and paranoid.

Your comments clearly show your insecurity as well as your inferiority complex. Unfortunately, your comments suggest that your views represent all the malays.

It also shows that you, as representing the malays, concede that you are not prepared and will never be prepared, even in the future, to meet with competition. You suggest that you need to be wrapped in cotton wool for all time.

You may be the ketuanan of Malaysia but what kind of Malaysia will that be by then if you continue with your tunnel vision and refuse to meet and compete with the rest of the world.

The world does not owe you a favour and will not wait for you. A big problem is that you expect the world and everyone to owe you a living. Get real the world owes you nothing!

You will be in a very small country and a small world of your own. You may be the ketuanan of such a country which may be weaker than a banana republic in time.

Under those circumstance, it may not be important whether you are the ketuanan of such a country which is not third rate but fourth rate, and which may be open to be taken by a stronger force. By then you will be too weak and friendless to defend yourself.

Please don’t think that Malaysia belongs to one particular race, you are insulting yourself, and your race, don’t ever forget that some key leaders in top government are with mixed blood, not pure malays……….please know your mission as a Malaysian, to live united with the other races and fight independently with the globalised world.

Don’t be narrow-minded anymore, do correct thing to make things right.

The “bumiputera” stole the land from Orang Asli. By right all of Malaysia should belong to them. If recall history as the current generation of malays came over from Sumatra, Jawa, and the island around.

If your thinking remains the same – please go back to Indonesia where you can proudly call yourself bumis there.

The 12 realities —

1. On paper, citizenship is secure – in reality, they say if you don’t like it here, you can go away

2. On paper, we solve inter-community issues by win-win consultation – in reality, issues are silenced by subtle threats of unrest made on grounds of the supremacy, of one community’s master and their unquestionable agenda

3. On paper, Malaysia can be great – in reality, ‘Malaysia Boleh’ remains just a word, an empty cry, devoid of any spirit and life to ensure the nation’s survival

4. On paper, we have the meritocracy system – in reality, quota system is still running

5. On paper, we are a multiracial country – in reality, we have one community which is more equal than other communities

6. On paper, we have the national agenda – in reality, it is the malay agenda

7. On paper, even the NEP is good – in reality, it sucks

8. On paper, Pak Lah is fighting corruption – in reality, no Umno member is standing together with him

9. On paper, we have parliamentarians – in reality, we have a zoo, and only a few are ministers, the majority being exhibited specimens

10. On paper, we are a peaceful country – in reality, the absence of conflict is superficial, very fragile

11. On paper, we have a police force to look after our security – in reality, we need some protection from the police

12. On paper, we had the report, and 125 recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Police – in reality, we have just a book, no act upon

What is wrong with this country is quite obvious but what most people don’t get is what is right with this country.

Malaysia is an incredible fortunate country with abundant natural resources and systems that prevents it from committing worst mistakes than it already has.

From palm-oil, oil and gas, to the British-influenced systems left behind to basically the tolerant nature of all its people and even the fact that Singapore, our cousin down south, is a constant reminder of our place in the world.

Malaysia is fortunate to have these checks to ensure continuous growth throughout these many years.

Its because of these fortunate that shields us from some harsh realities that the country finds it unnecessary accept global and universal realities. These fortunate still exists and so long as it still exists, there is no impetus to face realities. These fortunate also hold us back to realize our full potential and have cost us incredible opportunities in the past.

Certainly we would have been a developed country by now if not for the NEP.

For the idealist, you have to face it that these fortunate still exists. For example, our government is actually trying to control the deficit despite the political cost. This is most fortunate compared to the bankrupt ways of some other developing countries.

Of course international financial realities is forcing us to control the deficit but those international realities is a result of our past legacy and our circumstances rather than our very own philosophy or believe. In that sense we are fortunate.

So long as we have these fortunate, so long we will postpone the kinds of ideal and justice we talk about in these. We are a nation led by mediocrity and waste. It is a given.

For excellence, it has to be somewhere else for we do not have the strength to make it ours.

While it is normal for an individual to protect their pride even when they know deep down that it is wrong, it is a totally unaccepted behaviour for academics to be in such depth of denial.

I have been thinking for a while as to the reasons for their constant state of denial and came up with three ugly conclusions:

(1) The academics are just incompetent to produce quality research work. They were chosen as academics simply because of their political link, or the fact that local public universities just favour bumis.

As pointed, government-linked companies are usually managed by people with political connections and not based on their expertise and competencies.

(2) The “tidak apa” behaviour which is a wide spread culture in Malaysia public. While at times it is nice to be living in an easygoing society, such practice has done more damage than good to the society especially in the service, skilled and knowledge-based sectors.

In general, there is a lack of perfectionist behaviour which has led to a less-than-constructive society. No doubt, this has very much hampered the reliability and improvement of the local workforce.

(3) Many of the academics are also lacking in professionalism. Very few of them, if any, could take criticism in a constructive manner.

This resulted in an over-protective behaviour shown – for example in the way they handled public criticism in their drastic drop in university rankings.

Like I have in the past couple of years tried to point out these issues to the general public, which unfortunately was not taken very seriously.

Many times they just fall onto deaf ears. Even when there are people who agree with it, they usually lack the courage to come out of their comfort zone and make a strong stance on such critical issues.

Racism is an excellent political tool. We have had one of the best examples set by Hitler. He blamed on the fall of Germany economy and everything on the Jewish people, and that ended up with the lost of so many innocent lives.

In order to survive politically, you have to allow them to use the race card. Yes, Umno did it.

I think Mahathir has been one of the key players. Converting the English medium into Malay medium and then found that it did not work well, and finally decided to convert it back into English medium. When Mahathir sat at the top as the leader of the country, he realized that it was not the right way to govern the country in that way. Now Abdullah must be feeling the same.

How much was there suffer of our education system? The politicians in Bolehland never take responsibility and they don’t even apologize to the people for the mess created.

As you can see, within malay communities, only a small fraction of the people gained wealth while majority were the same as before who made very little progress.

Sad day indeed……….

Next election will not make much difference too, perhaps also all elections in future. The BN will continue to hold two-third majority since all mainstream media controlled by them; and also election commission is virtually on their side.

The majority malay will mostly vote for BN so that their crutches can be solid.

The Indians can’t change the direction of the votes; hence they will follow the majority; otherwise Samy also cannot save them if they vote for opposition.

The Chinese will be threatened with 513 again and subsequently majority will vote for BN, for peace and security.

So you can see, Bolehland is no more hope. The corrupt ones will continue hang on to their positions until some foreigners come here and re-colonise again, only then hope will emerge.

Pak Lah is strong in making empty can promises. He is weak in implementation of empty can promises. What is it to implement – it is empty.

Perhaps it is orchestra to show that the government still has some sense of humour.

Whether Pak Lah is weak, strong, sterile or impotent, he got to go. Do not waste too much of Malaysians time. We have not many left.

If Pak Lah is in European countries, Japan or the US, or even other advanced countries, a non-confidence motion had long time tabled against him. He is lucky to be hiding in Bolehland.

The prime minister leadership is weak and the clear evidence is rather simple: when we have so much challenges like the budget deficit, falling investment, poor education standards etc, the issues that has been brought the most attention are very fundamental issues like separation of powers, religion and state power, police power, the NEP, our constitutionals inconsistencies, etc.

In a nearly 50 years old country we are still struggling with our goals and direction as a nation, rather than deal with real implementation of programs.

Anyone can always hold on to power with overwhelming advantage, but if leaders postpone decisions often enough, it comes back to haunt us all even worst in the end.

Chinese getting straight As are not allowed into universities. Not allowed civil service jobs. That is blatant discrimination.

Why do you support such discrimination?

Chinese Malaysians have built very successful businesses, hence they have the wealth that they have. This is not greed. They worked for what they now own.

Why do you envy what does not belong to you? Is this not greed?

It is quite untrue that business offers are conducted on the basis of race. Starting any business is very very hard work, but the malays did not have a hard working tradition to persevere. This is a cultural change the malays need in order to conduct businesses successfully.

Armed with this knowledge, do you still insist that Chinese Malaysians are greedy, and therefore it is right for malays to take what does not belong to them?

Your perception of business in Malaysia has got to be wrong.

Most goods and services can be conducted in open markets, and there is no particular reason to single out malays so that Chinese businessmen should swindle them. There are lots of swindlers in business so it is not just malays who get swindled.

Successful businessmen depend on providing real benefits to customers and partners so that it is worthwhile for them to do business again and again to both parties benefit. It is only when customers also get rich that businesses can grow.

The discrimination against Chinese, Indians and other peoples cannot be tolerated in the modern world. Countries that do this will face long-term decline.

Hard working people are not greedy as you accuse them. They are hard working because they have a mission in life to prosper, to give offspring a good chance in life to live to the full, to contribute their talents to the betterment of society……….

This is not greed.

Whereas, envy of others wealth and taking what they have not worked for is greed.

I would put is stronger. It is robbery and corruption. You talk like a Mafia extortionist when you said that worse could happen to the Chinese, so be thankful because there are more malays than Chinese, and therefore they can take even more from the Chinese if they want to.

You have to be joking to believe that your greed and prejudices are the wonderful things about Malaysia. Well, may be you do.

Malaysia as describe it is a country based on racism, lack of a conscience, and greed (taking from hard working foreigners).

Meritocracy is denounced. Robbing the wealthy is promoted.

How can there be a good future for such a country?

Looking from outside of Malaysia, it is easy to see that the malay-controlled government is enforcing a wealth-robbing programme from the Chinese who earned their wealth through hard work.

By barring bright well-qualified Chinese Malaysians from entering Malaysian universities, Malaysia is pursuing a discriminatory policy based on race.

This is not tolerated in civilised countries. It is a policy that gives Malaysia a very bad reputation and deprives itself of its most talented.

It is a policy which tells the malays that robbing from the rich is not greed because being rich, being educated is the same as being greedy.

This is moral corruption and self-contradiction which Malaysia will pay back a very heavy price.

For those who are already in oversea and live comfortably. There is no reason for you to come back to Malaysia. Life in Malaysia is getting tougher each day.

Frankly, as a Chinese, I don’t see there is any future for our next generation.

Another dangerous mentor that people always use is JFK “Don’t ask what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for the country”.

Is sound nice, but isn’t how German Nazi and Japan militarism started the world war using the same mentor? Under the great “ask what you can do for the country”.

Patriotism? Yes, I understand how you feel. Your love for the country was spoilt by the political party. Since non-malays will always be a second-class citizen, so you are probably the same in any other countries, if not better.

You get cannibalised by your own countrymen, intellectually and professionally.

As someone else advised, be a Global citizen.

Patriotism does not need you to be in Malaysia to work your due. Let no one pointed at you and say you are a traitor if your true intention is to generate good deeds for Malaysia wherever you are.

Save your time about coming back to Malaysia. Nothing will change in Malaysia. At least not even in this lifetime. Racism will still be here to stay, and also everything else.

I think there is such an entrenched discrimination against the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia, that it will take probably a whole generation to undo the damage.

This is happening in whole spectrum of the Malaysian government, civil service, state governments and universities. Just look at percentage of malays in all these government bodies – 98%……….

A whole generation of malays has been brought up to think that it’s their inherited right to own Malaysia. The other races are damned.

I think the malays especially those in power, are scared right now that if they will to compete openly with other races, they will surely be the loser. You will see very strong resistance to hire other races even the most qualified.

The malays are never brought up to compete on even ground. This is fault of previous PM and now the present PM has to tread a balance ground to ensure the malays are not cast away as well as to make Malaysia competitive worldwide.

In US I never met a malay immigrant, although there are thousands of Malaysian Chinese and Indian immigrants. Why? Malays in Malaysia have an easier life where they are literately prince of the land.

We have infrastructure good enough to be considered first world or better. Look at the Cyberjaya, Petronas Twin Towers, Putrajaya?

Gleaming high-rise buildings but also in every city, dirty toilets abound, litter clogging up the drains, public telephones damaged, plus unreliable rubbish collection and disposal. We just treat public facilities badly, not caring about others.

Being an urban dweller myself, I am constantly disheartened by the poor public infrastructure and upkeep in our capital city.

Faulty pedestrian traffic signals, illogical positioning of bus stops, poor public cleanliness, poor quality sidewalks (which are paved using slippery tiles), un-integrated and poorly managed public transportation system, the list goes on.

Your children can’t even walk safely along the Kuala Lumpur streets, as they might be bags snatched, kidnapped, murdered, raped, or robbed, as they do not know the jungle laws of Malaysia. The police won’t help much as they now have a big pile of corruption cases running after them.

You owe nothing to Malaysia, you pay your due, so live on.

So, my last advice. Don’t come back unless you are really suffering in oversea.

I’m sorry this sounds very racist but I think we have to be honest in discussion.


First of all, are we (the non-bumis, that is) really to believe that the government will abolish or tone down the New Economic Policy in the near future? We must be realistic, if you have the right to buy a property at a discount and have scholarships for your children, would you let go of these rights?

With Chinese population dwindling in Malaysia, what needs to be done depends on the Chinese themselves.

There is nothing wrong with the brain drain. In fact, we should encourage our children to move to Singapore, China, Taiwan etc. if we disagree with Malaysian government policies that are based on race and religion.

When it comes to the matter of the dwindling number of Chinese Malaysians, we should talk about quality, not quantity.

We should resolve why the Chinese-Malaysian population is reducing. Official figures have more than one million Chinese Malaysians emigrating over the past 25 years. Why did they emigrate? I am sure the government knows.

Straight A students can’t get scholarships or university places. Nothing new, it’s been that way for the past 35 years. Nowadays, even enlightened Malay Malaysians are speaking up on this injustice. The MCA and Gerakan? Busy making money from private colleges.

What’s so great about having TAR College or Utar which took more than 35 years of begging? Why should it be so difficult to set up an independent university when we have scores of public ones?

While we push young talented people away, other countries notably Singapore, the US and Australia welcome them with open arms.

Is it logical that we drive away our young talented ones and then invite retired Mat Sallehs to live here and exploit our low-cost of living?

Singapore’s success in particular owes much to these ex-Malaysians or their descendants including Goh Keng Swee, Hon Sui Sen, Goh Chok Tong, just to name a few.

About 30 percent of top management in both Singapore’s government and corporate sector are ex-Malaysians. We export them so that Singapore can compete with, and then whack us.

Korea and Taiwan, both way behind us in the 70s and 80s are now way ahead. Thailand is breathing down our necks.

Sadly, there is just no integrity in the nation’s leadership.


Have you tried Kavitha’s? Or if you are aroud Bangsar, try Nirwana Maju – always packed, always good food :). It’s a door away from Public Bank.

Thanks for the comment AW! Those who haven’t savoured Indian cuisine are missing on SOOOO much!

Added a link to the article.


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