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To the next 50 years

September 5, 2007

The recent Merdeka golden jubilee celebration came and went with either much pomp or hollowness, depending on one’s point of view.

For most of us it seemed the panorama that unfolded before us came across as more like a political victory parade and a personal side-show for a particular someone rather than a befitting high-point of our crowning half a century of self-rule.

What did we have to show for it?

One thing’s for sure. If sucking-up had its low-down then this instance was certainly the pits for how else would one explain the actor that was given center stage was less than pre-eminent and deserving? The brazenness had all the trappings of a provincial mindset which typically put more emphasis on crass one-up-man-ship over substance.

A 50th anniversary celebration should have been a showcase of the patriotism, unity and progress of Malaysians, wrought by Malaysians themselves, thus far.

It should have been a time of bringing to remembrance our nation’s historic hard-won independence from the clutches of British colonial rule and that our patriots did not die in vain. It should have been a testament to the world, more so ourselves, that our freedom was well-deserved and had benefited all Malaysians. It should have been a proud and joyous occasion for all and for the next generation of Malaysians to know that we are in control of our own destiny and the future is as assured as ever can be.

Alas, what should have been were nothing more than a relegation of substance to a support role. And for the uninitiated and less-informed none was any wiser that the substance of the occasion was all lost in a veneer of glossy display and costly pyrotechnics. The sleigh of hand was slick. The art of hijack won yet another day.

For all intents and pomp, we may have celebrated the liberation from one master but we are far from being truly independent. We are not free with the distinct separation of power of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. We are not free from the enforced separation of the citizenry. And we are certainly not free from the abuse of the powerful and well-connected. True to the saying of from the frying pan into the fire, what we have created all these years of independence is a monstrosity of a large segment of Malaysians now being systemized victims of a new master. And what’s so heart-breaking is that the whip-cracker is one of our own.

After 50 years we would have thought things would have changed and gotten for the better. We would have ensured we would not repeat what used to divide and oppress us. We would have ensured that there would be accountability and good governance. We would have ensured that opportunities are not limited to a select few. We would have ensured that all our young and bright Malaysians would have equal access to an education that would liberate their minds and help them achieve their fullest potential.

After 50 years, what do we have to show other than a broken and hollow dream?

The mood and propaganda may be upbeat for the next 50 years to be better than before. The question is: Better than before in what? For whom?

Our record of the last fifty didn’t exactly give us an ‘A’ report card, and, judging by the noise and rhetoric spewed in the media one can safely assume that change is not about to happen anytime soon, neither will it be in the further future.

Are we optimistic about the next 50 years of nationhood? Will we live to see the day when positive change has firmly taken root? i don’t know about you but i can safely say i won’t be around to find out. Yet, i still harbour hope that i might be proven wrong – and i want to be proven wrong – even though i may have been six feet deep under ground way before then.

With a heavy heart, here’s wishing my tanah tumpahnya darahku all the best for the next 50 years. And God bless Malaysia.

12 Comments
  1. to hell with the BABIs!!! permalink

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  2. 50 years of discrimnation!!! permalink

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  3. Discrimnation!!! permalink

    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
    years.

    (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
    developed.

    (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.

  4. ewoon,

    We just got to get going, irrespective … for in this world of politics, only the tough gets going. In a system filled with discriminatory functions and personal interests of a few, the Malays are equally being marginalised as much as the others. The only consolation is that they get some educational sponsorship with lesser criteria, some discounts (15%) to buy houses, and a forum to air their grouse. Other than these, equality amongst the masses are observed. The only segment that enjoys the wealth distribution are those leaders within the corridors of power and their proteges.

    Lest we are not observing that some in MCA, Gerakan and MIC are also robber barons too.

    It’s the public, the tax payers, those employees, those who live with little, that are marginalised and discriminated. It include the Malays, though many of them had yet to fully realised it.

    – i agree with you Maverick. We hope we can engage those who can effect change. All we ask is for them to open up their two orifices for our message to get through – their ear holes!

  5. bangmalaysia permalink

    Hi ewoon,

    Your take on the 50 years of independence was indeed interesting. But do read Black (Blackinkorea) blog that History was actually distorted by UMNO and the ruling party. It is entitled:

    TIME TO RE-WRITE HISTORY

    UMNO MERDEKA STORY A LIE

    at:
    http://blackinkorea.blogspot.com/2007/08/time-to-re-write-history.html

    I hope everyone reads this article for there were many true heroes of our independence that were sadly forgetten.

    – Thanks for the head up, bro.

  6. Hey guys, check out this patriotic video.

    It’s pure reflection of Bangsa Malaysia

  7. ricky permalink

    Please read this Petition To The Agong

  8. Kawantua permalink

    Your are welcome to Malaysia – 50 or 44 does not matter! I left with a heavy heart when I realised that communalism was the order of the day…it did not matter if you were Malay, Chinese or Tamil. Each and everyone dispised, or worse still, hated the other. Sure, there were dreamers. Even I was one of them…believing that race,colour and creed did not matter as we were all children of the one land.

    Since I left, my adopted land has embraced me: citizenship after 2 years, Govt jobs, a MYR$3.2 million home with views to the sea, a flash car, etc but of real importance acceptance as an equal (even if they call me by first name ‘cos they too deserve to be equal). It is everything that I hoped Malaysia would be but sadly, is not and may never be. So happy 44th or 50th Malaysia. I’m now a foreigner when in the land of my birth. My children born in this great country are at home, as I am and as their mother is.

    – Good for you, kawantua – to each his own.

  9. I do not see malaysia’s direction in the next 50 years. We are led by the spear of a leader without direction. A leader who has no power over his followers. Chaotic and dirty politic scenes in the country are kept under the carpet. Those revealed (for example the auditor general reports 2006) are not taken seriously. Public funds are mismanaged. Bribery remains rampant. Our rich country is slowly `eaten’ up by our own people. Where lies our dignity and pride? There are some of us who work hard each day to make both ends meet but there are some who would want `fast money’ by indulging in these unscrupulous acts e.g. bribery. In fact, the `tongkat’ has made them regressed due to its `dependence’. I do not see future in our country. It is such a heart-rending phenomenon to see a beautiful country like malaysia to continue to submerge in its own tide while others are reaching the shores.

    – Justin, direction can only come about if there’s a will to do so by the powers-that-be. But then again why should the administration change the status quo when it has become an open-cheque for them to continue milking the coffers.

  10. Brother,

    Just manage to update your new home base. So we are in wordpress. Welcome to the club.

    – Thanks for visiting, bro.

  11. Yes, Bro’… Just updated your link too. Deep, insightful analysis … wish more Malaysians are like you — heck, wish ALL Malaysians are like you …

    50 years is a long time. Let’s hope our dreams will come to fruition in our children’s lifetime….

    – Let’s hope, bro. Let’s hope.

  12. sharkpitt permalink

    We just have to keep fighting this corrupt gomen by any means.true malaysians know to value other regardless of bla…bla..bla(you know?!).support each other!jom 10 nov 07.

    – Malaysians for Malaysia, who can argue with that?

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