Being Malaysian means tolerating all this shit?

The hype and hoopla in the run up to the 50th anniversary of our independence is all over the place. TV, radio, newspapers, online media and private blogs.

I have refrained thus far from giving my take, simply because my love for this country has never and will never hinge on what my peers say.

This country is very close to my heart. Something I can’t divorce myself from even if one day I leave this country in search of fortune and knowledge.

My heart is here. My soul is Malaysian. Tanah tumpah darah means something deep to me. Loving your country means loving it warts and all.

My Malaysia is flawed is some ways. Lots of opportunistic vermin are bleeding it dry. Read Aisehman for some disgusting details. The guy has a knack for putting things in perspective.

My Malaysia is where people dig up the same stretch of the road at least three times a year, for different reasons. The people in governance is shortsighted and lackadaisical. Can’t see even a year down the line. No planning.

My Malaysian government can deny oil rights that is supposed to be for the state of Terengganu, and disguise it later as Wang Ehsan. Politics first, screw the people of Terengganu, who hail from a state that gives the federal coffers half of its petroleum revenue.

My Malaysian judges can get away with not writing judgments. Pretty unheard of globally, but here Malaysia Boleh.

My Malaysia is where a lovers’ dispute can turn into an international diplomatic incident. Here is where our guys in uniform can be ordered to kill a defenseless civilian AND blow her up.

My Malaysia is where the government announce three mega ambitious infrastructure projects in 10 days, and in the next month, proceed to give a US1 billion dollar soft loan package to bail out the Port Klang FTZ. One billion dollars, and that’s called a soft loan.

My Malaysia is where enforcement is lax enough that dozens of people have to die in three consecutive bus accidents in three weeks before JPJ and the police get off their collective ass and take some semblance of work.

My Malaysia?….I know things can be worse else where…but I wish things could be better in here. This is where I hope to die someday.


9 thoughts on “Being Malaysian means tolerating all this shit?

  1. Hi Anu, that’s putting things in quite a perspective.
    And I bet you can go on and on and on like the energizer bunny, just take another slice of time and space, there’s your narrative in perspective.
    What all this points to me is perhaps what’s deeply rooted in the Malaysian make up is the Culture of tolerance.
    That which casts us as whores also unites us.
    Happy Merdeka Malaysian.

  2. Racial Discrimination in Malaysia
    Human Book
    Penang, Malaysia
    March 29, 2006

    Re: The Day They Took Away Our Computers
    There is a list of statistical data detailing racial discrimination in Malaysia, practiced by the government and its agencies. This list is an open secret. Its existence is best verified by government itself since it keeps the statistics.

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

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

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

    This list covers a period of about 48 years since independence (1957).

    List of racial discriminations (Malaysia):

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

    (2) 99% of Petronas directors are Malays.

    (3) 3% of Petronas employees are Chinese.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (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.

    (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, etc.

    (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.

    (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.

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

    (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (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.

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

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

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

    (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.

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

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

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

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

    (34) 0.5 million Indian Malaysians have emigrated overseas.

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

    (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.

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

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

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

    (40) 1 Dewan Gan Boon Leong (in Malacca) was altered to another name (e.g. Dewan Serbaguna or something like that) when it was only officially used for a few days. The government tries to shun Chinese names. This example of racism occurred around 2000.

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

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

    (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.

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

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

    (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.

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

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

    (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.

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

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

    (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.

    (53) 50 cases each year whereby Chinese, especially Chinese youths, are being beaten up by Malay youths in public places. Police reports may be checked to verify this, provided the police took the report, otherwise there will be no record.

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

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

      This kind of statistics is dangerous la. Please also mention that between the period 1957 and 2004, Sabah & Sarawak joined Malaysia and SIngapore left Malaysia, obviously affecting the numbers. Sabah & Sarawak are most;ly given bumiputra campus and Singapore are dominantly chinese.

      I agree there are discrimination, but numbers like this will only incite more confusion, mistrust and hate.

  3. Discrimination,

    The list is quite telling. It riles me up too. I’d like to know where these statistics come from. I’d like to verify sources too, y’know.

    As we all know, the freedom to religion and worship is decreasing by the day in Malaysia. What we can do about it is to question them.

    So, again I’m asking you, pls quote your source. Why Malaysia is like this today is because we let the people who run it to do whatever they like.

    We trusted governance to them. Why? Public apathy is why a lot of these politicians naik lemak. Indifference is why our country is going to the dogs.

    You mean u just noticed all this? You wanna make a difference? Exercise your democratic rights by voting, getting others to vote and do your part in ensuring there is accountability in this country.

  4. I feel that in Malaysia, especially Malay people so suck, all like shit. Very no use in this country. Just everyday like nothing to do, happy go lucky, if government no support them, they really eat shit.

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