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I believe that one of Malaysia’s assets is its multiracial population.

I observe that in England and America, many of the business and financial pioneers came from migrant minorities. Rothschild was an immigrant. He made London into a modern financial center. George Soros came to America from Hungary, to escape the Russian occupation . . He built the largest hedge fund in America. When I visited the Silicon Valley in California, practically every CEO of the tech giants was of foreign origin. They became naturalized US citizens bcos America was their land of opportunity.

The same in Malaysia. The immigrants made old Malaya a rich country with its rubber and tin exports. The Chinamen and mamaks in Penang ran the sea trading with neighbouring Medan, Phuket and Rangoon. Hence the many Medan connections in Penang. One of our relatives in Penang spoke Burmese. The Yemeni Arabs in Penang were good cloth merchants and traders.

Immigrants work extra hard to become successful bcos when they ran away from their original homelands, they knew it was their last chance in life. Those who migrated were not the scums of society. On the contrary, they were the ambitious types, hungry for success. They wanted their children and their future generations to have a good life in this world. By their hard work, they also helped the indigenous Malays to become integrated into the economy. My grandmother used to carry lots of cash during the rubber boom years of the Korean War in the early fifties. Her rubber smallholding sold latex to Chinese middlemen who traded in the export of smoked rubber sheets to the world. Later after Merdeka, the govt created RISDA, FELCRA etc to provide the processing facilities so that the Malay rubber smallholders could bypass the Chinese middlemen to sell their latex. Despite all the govt agencies, the Chinese middlemen are still the power driving the economy. The fish caught by Malay fishermen in Kuala Muda, Kedah, goes to Spore markets every morning by the trucks owned by Chinese owned lorry transport companies. By providing the market access, the Malays who catch the fish, grow the rambutan, ciku, durian, Perlis mango etc get wider market access, not only to KL and Spore but also to HK and China and the Middle East. Thus the Malays too get drawn into the commercial world and became partners with the Chinese and Indians, Thais, Indonesians, Arabs in the buying and selling of goods bcos each race has its own unique strength in the economy. That’s how the inter racial mixing made Malaysia one of the successful countries in the Third World .

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Kumar Tharmalingam
Kumar Tharmalingam
2 days ago

That’s why I am amused with this Islamic rhetoric. No purely religious entity has survived for ever. But business and enterprise survive for generations and… Read more »

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