Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “The Malays in Singapore.“: 

“The Malays in Singapore” is a direct response to Tuan HH’s “Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia”. In the latter’s article, Tuan’s inspiration came from his recent visit to Singapore.

Anon 10:30 makes some salient points since Singapore is predominately Chinese and neutral on matters pertaining to the Muslim faith like proselytizing unless it disrupts public harmony.

However, if Singapore is so “restrictive” to Malays and to the Muslim faith, then they have a choice to immigrate to Malaysia where there is so much freedom. However, do we see them rushing over in droves?

Secondly, I personally find that Singapore Inc. encourages more technocrats & bureaucrats than entrepreneurs. How many super tycoons are there in Singapore even among the Chinese? However, holding high positions, many have become millionaires. Again, Singaporeans don’t go around shouting their wealth especially if they are commanding high salaries and working for big conglomerates.

Whereas, we are daily bombarded in the newspapers in regards to the “orang baru kaya” in Malaysia through government hand me downs (eg. NFC, Iskandar Project dll). Does the failed NEP give Malays a sense of meritocracy? Sure, there are many Malay millionaires (& genuine hard working, honest business people) in Malaysia but are you one of them? A small percentage are millionaires and a smaller among them by true hard work, not through freebies.

In Singapore, I haven’t seen a Malay family still living in an attap house, their children without education and running around without shoes. After 50 years, the Malays have been left behind and the wealth gap among them is still very wide.

Besides talking about the Malay Dilemma we should be talking about the Malaysia Dilemma. Malaysia does not just exist for the Malays. Barring the “pendatangs”, we must account for our social responsibilities to the Orang Asli, Sabahans & Sarawakians unless we call for a breakaway of these states, if the Malays cannot accept the fact of the Malayan Union. Again, it has been established that even the Melanaus, Bajaus & Sulus do not consider themselves to be Malay but are proud of their own ethnicity.

What rights do we have when we are bombarded by proselyting propaganda on a daily basis? The dakwah movement is very strong in the interiors of Sabah & Sarawak. Very little headway is made because these missionaries cannot face the hardships – travel into the interior for days by boat & trekking, living among the people (who rear dogs & pigs under and in the long houses), eating the food (haram), minum tuak (as a gesture of hospitality) dll. So for every Lina Joy we have 10 more cases on the other side of the spectrum involving Chinese, Indian, Iban & Kadazan families.

Lastly, we would advise Anon to travel overseas and interact with Malays living out of the country. A majority silently do not wish to return and be shackled by the visible & invisible walls of restrictions. Please do not think that this is some non-Malay propaganda to psycho the Malays. Many quietly express their views when they feel “safe” to share them openly.

If these cultural wars & divides continue to be used for political expediency on all sides, then Malaysians will be the greatest losers. We will only be left with a fragmented society where suspicions will be cast against others. Malay will also be against Malay and the cracks will be more difficult to heal. In many ways, the British would have accomplished their mission – to divide and rule.

TR 



Posted by Anonymous to steadyaku47 at Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:16:00 PM GMT+10:30
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