Najib’s Policies on Race and Religion –Great Success as More Malaysians are emigrating


January 15, 2016

Najib’s Policies on Race and Religion –Great Success as More Malaysians are emigrating

by George Chang

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com

George is a former journalist with the print media in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, he is now a Melbourne-based writer and media researcher.

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It’s the dawn of 2016 and at least another 10,000 Malaysians of various ethnic background can be expected to take the emotional, life-changing step to uproot and move to Australia in the course of the new year. They will join the rapidly-expanding Malaysian diaspora who are now either permanent residents or have become citizens down under.

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Hypocritical Islamisation of Everything Under the Malaysian Sun

In the 2011 census, the number of Malaysia-born in the country was about 116,000 but the annual increase has been considerable since then. The data for June 30, 2014 put the number at approximately 154,000 – a sharp jump of about 38,000 from the last count.

The migrant flow from Malaysia to Australia has thus been more than 10,000 a year within that short period – the highest ever recorded. In comparison, the number of arrivals from Malaysia from 2006 to 2011 was about 32,000. It’s not just the Chinese and Indians but the Malays as well who have been heading south.

The 2011 census also show that among the Malaysia-born in Australia 7, 224 gave their religious affiliation as Islam. Ahmad Zaharuddin Sani, a Malaysian academic, highlighted the emerging Malay population in his research “Malay In Victoria: Past, Present and Future”.

Most have settled in the state of Victoria and a great number of them are professionals. There is also an extensive Malay network for both residents and students, and an initiative to build the first Malay mosque in Melbourne.

In spite of the current rise in resentment against Muslims among some sections of the local community, it has been envisaged that the number of Malays in Australia will continue to increase. The recent ruling by the courts in favour of allowing the building of a mosque in the township of Bendigo can be read as the triumph of the rule of law over prejudice and bigotry.

Only about 300 of the 110,000 Bendigo’s population are Muslims but the local council’s policies are non-discriminatory and it consequently approved the application for the A$3 million (RM9.3 million) mosque construction.

This was in the face of vocal opposition by various groups, including those harbouring strong ethno-religious sentiments. Appeal after appeal against the council ruling were thrown out by the courts are every stage of the legal process.

Another development that will add to the influx of Malaysians is the relaxation of residency and work requirements for foreign students once they graduate from Australian education institutions.

Canberra in a move to encourage these new graduates to stay back has introduced a Temporary Graduate Visa that enables them to work, travel and study for a further two years or more.

It’s a pretty transparent and straight-forward online application process without the necessity of having to go through an agent or third party. Of course Canberra welcomes these graduates and other professionals. The country needs new taxpayers to support its swelling aging population.

The Malaysian student population in Australia has been estimated at 30,000 and thousands of them graduate every year.If the conversation with the fresh graduates and their parents at a convocation last month is any indication, the new visa has indeed been a “hot topic” among them and many are opting to take up the offer.

Unlike in the past, these young Malaysians are no longer dissuaded by their parents who believe that “there is no future for them in Malaysia” and support them to go abroad and seek a new life.

Their pessimism stems from the country’s transformation into a less inclusive society with the structures for a democratic, fair and just society being hacked away over the years.

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The push and pull factors have been debated long and hard yet there is no sign of a slowdown in the brain drain let alone a reversal. TalentCorp has little to show for the millions it has spent to lure Malaysian abroad home.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently tried to put a positive spin to the perennial problem saying that it need not be a “bad thing”. Citing India, he sees Malaysians overseas as assets and networks who will be of benefit to Malaysia.

I wonder why he left out mentioning neighbouring Philippines which has millions of its citizens working abroad too and many of them have been success stories in their adopted countries. How has this assisted and “added value” to the Philippines other than the billions of US dollars from remittances the 10 million Filipinos send home every year?

Manila has become reliant on these remittances and the country remains mired in poverty, incompetence and corruption under the rule of the oligarchs. Which country is Malaysia emulating – India or the Philippines?

33 thoughts on “Najib’s Policies on Race and Religion –Great Success as More Malaysians are emigrating

  1. George is writing about Australia. What about Malaysians in Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Singapore, Hongkong, Taiwan and United States?

    We are losing competent and well educated Malaysia, leaving behind people who are unemployable and low skilled. It is time for us to create a meritocratic nation to keep our talent and creativity at home. We cannot do that if we allow mullahs and corrupt kleptocrats and incompetent officials to rule our country.–Din Merican

  2. George is right in saying more and more Malaysians are attempting to migrate to australia, including highly qualified professional Malaya, how ever he is wrong in saying that application for a permanent resident visa is a straight forward process.
    I am a migration agent with 26 years of parctice and I can say honestly that the prescribed legal requirement are so complkex an applicant is bound to make an error in the application. To begin with inspite of having garduated from an Australian university where the medium of Instruction is Engllish the graduate still has to sit for IELTS english langauge test to demonstrate competency in the english language. The rate of failure in this test is very high simply because IELTS is not a reliable test to assess ones comptetncy in the english language. Secondly, unlike their counter part Australians, foreiing students still has to have their qualifications assessed by independant non acadmic organisations. One has to cross a number of difficult bridges to get the visa where thousand of students from India, China, Africa are competing for limited places.

  3. Why would the pm n umno, or bn care about the brain/talent drain, with all talents gone, they n family/dynasty will rule n squander for as long as there is still something to milk on.

  4. as i read this i have a close friend packing up his family and making the track to australia too dato…..it wasnt an easy decision on his part….but in the end, the desperation about the sorry state of affairs here as well as the drive to provide a better living for his family and especially his kids won over…..he isnt the only friend i have lost this way…..there are countless others before him and there will be countless others after him as well…..woe be to our beloved malaysia.
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    Expect more to depart our shores. If our leaders are not loyal to us, they cannot expect us to be loyal. We can love our country, but no one can stop us from condemning our corrupt and incompetent leadership. Leave Malaysia for the sake of your children. They can always comeback when things improve.–Din Merican.

  5. In the late 1970s, Mainland Chinese students first started going overseas to countries like the USA and the vast majority did not return to China after finishing their studies.
    After Deng’s economic reforms showed results and things got better, many returned home (some returned as foreign citizens/ex-Chinese citizens to work and invest).

    The same can happen in Malaysia if we have a new government and better governance. Overseas Malaysians and ex-Malaysians will return
    (even if many of their foreign-born children will not, as they have assimilated into the foreign countries. But you never know — we see the
    phenomenon of British-born Indians moving to Mumbai to work).

  6. Among the things the internet has eliminated is the need to go through the learning curve. The experience of nations and individuals is there for all to read and understand and ask questions. The need to re-invent the wheel, so to speak, has been eliminated. All the books are there for us to implement the right policies and to do the right thing.

  7. What can we do? The politicians are getting more “religious” to get votes. It seems like they are imposing their brand of Islam on non-Muslims indirectly. For instance, there is suggestion of separate shopping cart for halal and non-halal. With the Islamization, more Malaysians will migrate elsewhere. I doubt Najib will do anything since Hadi Awang is his best buddy now.

    We should not worry about the outflow of Malaysians to Australia. We have 1.5 million Bangladeshis coming to Malaysia. Maybe they can replace us.
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    Can you imagine the day when we will be a colony of Bangladesh? If that happens we have to be grateful to Zahid Hamidi.–Din Merican

  8. I am not against influx of Bangladhesi but 1.5 million is a lot. This will definitely impact all Malaysian. I am not sure if the UMNO leaders are smart enough to realize the negative impact such huge influx. Do regular UMNO supporter realized it? If UMNO do care about Ketuanan Melayu then they need to focus on helping the poor, improve education system, provide training for labor force learning new skills, stop or reduce corruption, etc. If Ketuanan means implementing policies based on all the list above I think the non-Malay will gain a lot from it too. Imagine more Malay making more money means the buying power of consumer increased. Why not ketuanan Melayu! However, what I see is just a bunch of corrupted elite (include MCA and MIC) concern about making money and remain in power forever. I have not seen any constructive policy to help Malay and all Malaysian. The only solution is giving pity amount of money every year to the people or bonus to the civil servant.

    For instance, the Bauxite fiasco can be avoided if proper mining procedure is implemented. Who is affected by the pollution? Malay and non-Malay. They have no conscience at all .Do they even care of their own race! The Malay suffer from the pollution. they preached about Ketuanan Melayu and the threat of DAP towards the Malay power. I think they are the real threat to the Malay.

    With the IGP comment on policing the social media, I fear less people with speak out. I think we are moving backwards.

    Bilalah Melayu sedar apa UMNO sedang buat terhadap Malaysia (Tanah Melayu)?

    Salam

  9. Phua: Yes, good governance and development are Siamese twins. I personally know many Chinese and Indian from the Silicon Valley here returned to invest in their home countries. That is because the rapid developments under good governance in China and India enticed them to go back and invest. Don’t forget these two countries have a huge market; they have cities with population larger than Malaysia. The brain-drain from a small country once gone is usually gone forever. At most they will only make some reminiscent visits, just like me. Yes, I am one of those early brain-drain from Malaysia who have established a very successful life in the US. When my partners suggested to set up a pharmaceutical lab overseas, Malaysia never crossed my mind. We first set it up in Taiwan and then our manufacture in China. Ask my sons and grandsons what they think of Malaysia, their answer is an unanimous four-letter F word. But they like Singapore very much.

  10. No matter what everyone is saying,the no.1 factor that induce people to migrate is economic factors.Thus what drove the Chinese and Indian emigrants to Malaya was economics and what is driving Malaysians to Singapore and Australia are also economics.Other factors are secondary in nature and way down the list of reasons on why people emigrate.

    The no of Malaysian emigrants to Australia at 150,000 are small compared to Singaporean emigrants to Australia at 50,000 when we take the size of the population between the two countries.As for the writer attempts to potray Australia as a haven of religous tolerance,I like to point out that there are 120 Gudwaras for a Sikh popupation in Malaysia as there are 500 mosques for 500,000 Muslims in Australia.I had lived in Australia for a considerable period,I had found that they can just as racists as some Malaysians.

  11. Dato Din, speaking of immigration, do you think Tun Dr Ismail would open doors to help out the many Muslims in search of a home following ISIS’s creation?
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    It depends is the best answer I can give. But I know Mahathir will since he is responsible for opening Malaysia to crooked Nigerians and others. –Din Merican

  12. Gazing into the crystal ball, in the future, how likely are these scenarios?

    1. Bangladeshi-Malaysians (children of Bangla immigrants) dominating and taking over UMNO, in partnership with Indon-Malaysians (like
    our DPM, the son of Indon immigrants)

    2. Marginalisation of local Malays in economic activities by the dynamism of Bangla immigrants and their descendants (like black Americans in the USA where the descendants of blacks from the Caribbean do much better than native-born blacks)

    3. Reduction of Chinese-Malaysians to a much smaller percentage of the
    total Malaysia — low fertility coupled with very high emigration rates. 10% of total population?
    Will the right-wingers in UMNO Baru still be able to use Chinese-Malaysians as scapegoats then?

    4. Hindu-Malaysians as the underclass of Malaysian society. Majority poorly educated and blighted by all kinds of social problems and social ills.
    Perhaps also joined by the stateless descendants of illegal Indon immigrants who never got a proper education because their parents entered Malaysia illegally.

  13. Abdul Jalil: Your logic in reasoning is totally twisted and absolutely fallacious. The Chinese and Indian who migrated to Malaya were mostly illiterate laborers, “cari makan” so to speak. But the migration from Malaysia in recent years are highly educated people, many with successfully established careers in Malaysia uprooting their families to migrate.

  14. Dear Robert Chelliah, Please be informed that the application for a Temporary Graduate Visa is not that complicated like you make it out to be. You of course have a vested interest in saying that. Let’s get some facts right. The new category of visa is only for fresh foreign students who have graduated from local universities. FYI my niece who graduated last year applied online after passing her IELTS English exam which can be undertaken in Malaysia. She got her visa in just over 2 months and has now found a part-time job while searching for a permanent one, following which she will apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. It is simply wrong to say that these graduates from Australian universities need to seek local accreditation for their degrees. The local degrees and diplomas issued by local universities are automatically accepted by local employers. Can you imagine Malaysian employers not recognising degrees issue by Malaysian universities? How they perform at the interviews is another matter altogether. There is no need to go through a migration agent who will charge hefty fees just to fill up the forms. I say use the money instead to start a new life. As a graduate and if you can’t understand what is required in the application form you can always contact the immigration department people to seek clarification and it is all free without having to pay under-counter money. As for Abdul Jail’s comments about racists in Australia, I say show me a country where racism does not exist. The difference lies in whether the institutions and government promote racism (like Malaysia’s) or discourages racism (like Australia). I wish all those leaving Malaysia a good life there, although there will be discrimination (as in all countries) there are avenues readily available to seek redress. As Abdul Jalil should know as he claims to have lived in Australia for a considerable time, the people there speak their mind even on “sensitive” issues but you must also learn to speak your mind too. It’s a free country after all. Try that in Malaysia! Like they say, jaw jaw is better than war war. Salam.

  15. i believe malaysians leave the country because they want a secure future. the current idiotic pm cannot assure malaysians of any future let alone a secure one. during tun’s time many malaysians left but many came back hankering for citizenship which they renounced happily earlier. but now not many have regrets leaving. they go puke on seeing the idiot’s photo.

  16. LaMoy

    There is nothing twisted and fallacious about I have said above.Regardless wether you are educated or not the driving force for people to emigrate to distant land was and still is economic factors with other issues being secondary in nature.

    Anyway I ‘ll like to congratulate you on being very successful in your new homeland.However I think you ,your son and your grandsons should be grateful for the blessings you have been given rather than showing your hatred for Malaysia .It is futile to hate this country which is no longer relevant to your lives.

  17. For most non-Muslim in this country, immigration must be part of one’s life plan. The Malays did this and no matter what their reasoning is, it is wrong morally, practically.

  18. Encik Abdul Jalil

    I guess you don’t have friends emigrated to Malaysia. I know three families that owned businesses left Malaysia. Now they are opened small restaurant (cheap kind). They had to work from 9 am till 10 pm. They have to work a lot harder in Australia. The reason the left because of their children future.

    In Malaysia, the Islamization of our country is theatening our way of life. Also, the high crime rates are another reason they left. What about the quality of education system? I agree the money is one reason but not all Malaysia left because of money. Only the rich can afford emigrate to Australia. The poor stuck here!

    Salam

  19. Abdul Jalil

    What did Lamoy comment makes you think this person hates Malaysia? Could you please shed some lights on Lamoy hatred towards Malaysia. Folks that moved to Australia still love this country. Nobody wants to uproot the whole family just because of financial reason. It is not something simple to leave the country.

    Please don’t over simplify the reason people leave Malaysia. It is a life changing decision.

    Salam

  20. We only talk about brain drain, as if we are cattles and horses, mere asset, whose value depended on our brain.
    Melayu cherish their Islamic heritage, but does nothing to offer help to their millions of fellow countrymen in this ummah.

    The nation spent millions via Talentcorp to get that few brain (which they have yet to have anything to show), but ignored all of the others.

    The first lady who cut my hair in New York city is a Malaysian without legal paper.

    Following is a few of the documented undocumented in UK.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/6316612/Malaysians-left-stateless-in-UK-after-passport-gamble-backfires.html

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/uk-arrests-11-more-illegal-malaysian-workers

    Last year, I have met a 20 something lady who stopped college work at Dato Din’s alma matta a few years back to help out the nation after attending bersih 3.0. Yet, a few years later, she found herself regretting the work done, and realized it is all futile. She needed help in her new life as an illegal in US. I dropped the ball…

    @LaMoy She needed help in the bay area. Not sure how she is surviving now.

    @AJ perhaps, you are right. I am thankful for Malaysia. But, yet, if I return, I know I would only be a prisoner of conscience. I know I would only be fighting to save a nation that is falling apart. I am torned. If I stay, I will be damned. If I fly, most Malays would be doomed.

    So, I envy LaMoy’s grandchildren, who can easily just say this F*Malaysia, while the grandfather still love the nation by sharing his hearts to the nation in Dato Din’s blog.

  21. ABD Meeda
    Please explain as to why a foreign student who graduates in Accountancy from an Australian University after 3 or four years of full time education would have to sit for IELTS and achieve a score of 7 in each of the four components to be accredited to as an Accountant while an Australian does not have to. Do you know the failur rzate of thesd graduates sho fail to score 7 at acadmic level in EACH of the four componenants in the first siting.? Therein lies the pointnI am making.
    A graduate from TAFE in commercial cookery still has to have his commercial cooking quailifications assessed by the TRA and be certified and this requires at least 12 months of work experience, while the Australian counterpart does not have to under go this further trade skill ceritication process.

  22. /// Concerned citizen January 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm
    Why would the pm n umno, or bn care about the brain/talent drain, with all talents gone, they n family/dynasty will rule n squander for as long as there is still something to milk on. ///

    Exactly. It has been official and unofficial UMNO policy to drive talent away so that the mediocre can continue to rule. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed guy is king. In a land where all the brains have emigrated, the half-brained half-wit can be the genius in comparison with all the brainless left behind.

  23. Maybe folks that left Malaysia thinks it is F up place. To me it is the place my family called home. Yes, we so have corruption, racial problems, crimes, etc but it is still a nice place. All it needs is getting rid of corrupti leaders from the government and political parties. For folks, that is bitter about Malaysia I wish them good luck and for folks that still miss and love this country then I asked them to work hard to save our only home. Malaysia is a very unique and nice place. Maybe you can start by providing financial support to NGO that’s working on saving Malaysia such as Bersih.

    Salam

  24. Salam Teck

    I had some University mates that finished their courses and decided to stay behind and settled in Australia.Most of them were Non Malays but there were a few Malays that did the same.Australia accepted not only the educated and rich people only but other less educated and not very rich people like cooks,workers in the abbatoirs,etc.Indeed one of my friend who worked in a halal abbatoir retired there as an Australian citizen.

    I am not against people who want to emigrate from Malaysia but I hate it when people make up all kind of excuses on why people leave Malaysia to live in the distant lands when the main reason they leave is because they believe they can earn more in their new homes.They may have other reaons but those are usually secondary in nature.Just like LaMoy said those immigrants that came to Malaya were trying “cari makan” which basically what I am saying too.

    I may have been harsh by using the word hatred in describing LaMoy description of his decision and that of his sons and grandsons choice of words in describing Malaysia because despite all its faults I am still living and “cari makan” here and I do feel insulted when people use the “F”word on my country.

  25. Hi Abdul Jalil

    Please accept my apolgies. I just read Lamoy earlier comment. Yes, F word did irks me but it is this person rights to use the word. I am not going to judge this person.

    But seriously Abdul, not many people leave Malaysia because of money. I do know peoplee gave up their businesses and work as hawker in Australia for their kids.

    Malaysia is still a young country compare to China, India, Russia, etc. She has her own problems and we all are responsoble for it. If we only rants about the problems and not do anything the who is it to be blame but us.

    I really folks like us visit Dato Din’s blog can do something more than just sharing opinions online.

    Maybe we can start our own NGO or support an NGO that share our views.

    Salam

  26. Abdul Jalil: After being away for almost half a century, my love for Malaysia might have diluted but I certainly do not hate Malaysia. My story about my sons an grandsons is a response to Dr Phua’s story on British-born Indians moving to Mumbai to work. I was just trying to contrast that with my American-born children. When they used the F word when asked of their impression after visiting Malaysia, it was only an expression of disappointment with their trip there. I don’t think they hold any hatred against Malaysia, for they have absolutely no emotional attachment to it like I do. They simply don’t give a damn to anything in Malaysia, for better or for worse.

  27. I happen to think that Lamoy’s use of the so called “f” word was tame and qualified. The standard narrative for those who think that the brain drain is purely economic is the belief that those leaving hate the country.

    If people are leaving because of economic reasons, they would not settle down and start a new life overseas, they would be like the many other economic migrant workers, sending their money back home.

    The reality is that Malaysians are leaving this country not because they hate the country but rather because they despise the System. For a political party and their supporters who have always claimed that the System is the Country , is the Race and is the Religion, this translates to people leaving because they hate the dominant (sic) ethnic group.

  28. Only the logic of a simpleton believes the economic factor is the overriding reason to emigration, sidestepping other complicated reasons in social and political factors, and completely ignoring what brain drain means.

  29. LaMoy you must be one too when you alluded to the fact that the immigrants to Malaya were simply trying to “cari makan” which made them economic immigrants.

    For Conrad I hope you can explain the fact the no. of emigrants from Singapore to other countries are not much much higher than that from Malaysia based on the population differentials between the two countries .I am sure Singapore Government is not having the same System as in Malaysia.

  30. “For Conrad I hope you can explain the fact the no. of emigrants from Singapore to other countries are not much much higher than that from Malaysia based on the population differentials between the two countries .I am sure Singapore Government is not having the same System as in Malaysia.”

    Um, I would argue that Singaporean professionals who emigrate do so because the System enables them to do so – better education, proficiency in English etc.

    (The difference here is that Non -Malays are better educated because they do not rely on the System hence making them better equipped to immigrate)

    But why do you think every Singaporean approves of the System ? Many people leave Singapore because they feel stifled by the System, not because the System is inefficient, racist or corrupt but because they prioritize other factors in their lives.

    This takes nothing away from the fact that the reason for the brain drain in OUR country is because of the Systemic dysfunction. This is why Talent Corp or whatever it’s called is failing miserably.

    I would also argue that as long as capable Malaysians emigrate to Singapore, Harry’s Paradise has a lot less to worry about than Malaysia.

    It’s amusing that some people attempt to make this argument about Malaysia and Singapore. But that’s the Establishment way. Ignore, spin or conflate the issue, so the real problem is not addressed.

  31. Abdul Jalil: You are pretty good in using logical fallacies. Whatever you do for “cari makan” and whoever’s payroll you are on, you are worth it.
    ________________
    LaMoy,

    Abdul Jalil is an aberration. I treat him that way. We need to expose people like him in the Malay-Muslim community who are not promoting harmony in diversity. You will note that I have not reacted to his comments.Men of our generation are different. We were taught to embrace and respect diversity.–Din Merican

  32. The identifiable reasons why Mlaysians emmigrate to other countries are based on reasons based on multiude of reasons. Some years back one would talk about emigrating in whispers a number of reasons. It was talked about in whispers because it was felt that only one who has failed in their own country would emiigrate to escape the shame of failure. Now it is the reverse, where a country is seen has having failed it is the sucessful ones with means who would want to emiigrate. The reasons for the young : life opportunities with chances and eventual outcome ; alienation and racial discrimination; poor educational policies for children; corruption that affects their businesses and their inability to cope with the level of daily corruption; future uncertainty and lack of safety and security in the country.
    I am a Migratioin Agent and I base my observations with my 26 years of experience.

  33. I read this article and the comments in detail. Because my son and I discussed this yesterday, when I encouraged him to leave Malaysia if he has a chance and migrate. I will not leave Malaysia, it’s my homeland but I cannot see a future for my children here. We are not rich, we saved and scrimped from the day he was born to ensure we have the means for his education. Why? A deep disappointment in the things that have happened in this country. The country where the corrupt rules and are supported, racism is blatantly promoted. Each time something rotten happens, the Chinese are hauled up as the cause when other than the cronies, the rest of us just want to get on with life. I fear for my children’s safety. I worry about their future. I will miss them so much, my heartbreaks to think they will be so far away yet it has to be done, for this government will be here forever and be even worse when the next layer comes up. Words I hear from people like najib, hishamuddin, zahid, ahmad maslan, ali rustam, the fish guy, sabri etc, often makes me wonder, there are tens of millions of people in Malaysia and even if the leaders must be a Malay, we can only come up with this handful of morons? Why not a Rafizi or a Nurul Izzah?

    In my second child’s school, despite being one of the top students, he is relegated to a back class during year end streaming so that the quota is fulfilled regardless of the academic achievements. How do you think that makes him feel? How do I explain to a child who wonders why is it so unfair? He beats most of the people in top class including the special-grade class, where supposedly the students qualified for asrama schools but didn’t go. Yet he was sent behind to give way. I have many friends from different races and so does he, and I find it difficult to explain why it is so unfair that the special class students are not subjected to the same treatment even when they fare badly just because they are of a certain race. I didn’t want him to feel resentment against his friends who fared worse yet get to go to a good class. Is this what rightful privilege is about? Can you blame parents who want to send their kids overseas?
    ________________
    Yan, let them go and they will be the better for leaving Malaysia. Like you, I (at 77 years of age) am very disappointed that we have Malay idiots and xenophobic leaders running the country.That is why I chose to be in Cambodia as Professor of International Relations at The University of Cambodia. I will remain a Malaysian citizen because it is too late in the day for me to take on another citizenship. But that option is still open for my consideration. –Din Merican

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