Monday, May 17, 2010
Answering some questions from an Indian reader.
My fellow readers. This is one feedback that I had graciously received from one Prashant Thayaparan in my e mail.
I find your view on DAP rather shallow. Please enlighten me, how are they racist when they are asking for equal rights? Is every citizen in the country not of the same standing?
Of course, some are richer than others.
In your other article, you mentioned how the first thing they would do in power would be to abolish Malay Special Rights. Hasn't it been too long? The 'special rights' governed to the bumiputera race has been abused by politicians and selfish Malays for far too long. It's about time the Constitution is amended.
Is has not been too long. The Malay special rights was created to achieve economic balance in Malaysia. In which other country, has the indigenous race not have special rights? Certainly, not in China, or India or even the United Kingdom.
DAP are not racist. They are merely campaigning for EQUAL RIGHTS for NON MALAYS. Why don't non-Malays deserve to be held in the same stead as Malay citizens? Are the non-Malays second class citizens? Or is it that the Malay race is so weak that it needs the shield of the Constitution to help it survive? I'm sure it's NONE of these things.
According to history, the indigenous people of the Malay Peninsular are the Malays. Therefore, originally the country belongs to them. The laws and regulations in this country is clearly fair to all. Otherwise, the Chinese and the Indians wouldn't have been so prosperous. Therefore, what is the complaints about? Are the other races in China and India given the same rights as the indigenous people in those countries? Are they even being given
citizenships? Therefore, this country has been more than fair to the other races inhabiting within its borders.
PKR and PAS are not foolish. On the contrary, they are far more clever and forward-minded than their selfish UMNO counterparts. They are noble in sacrificing their lifestyle as 'Tuan' to achieve equal rights for their fellow citizens who are not bumiputera.
PKR and PAS are certainly not foolish. They are just selfish and never think about the more than 60% of those beyond poverty level. They have not been fair in Kelantan or develop the state as it should be done. Even the DAP in Penang has not been fair when they are in power as evidenced by the complaints made by the Malay traders since they are in power. So, where is this fairness and nobleness??? Isn't nobleness helping the poor?
Below is an elaborated version of my answer which contains FACTS for Mr Prashant Thayaparan.
Equal rights for minorities are racists when 25% of the Chinese people, 10% of the Indian people and 5% of other races in Malaysia are demanding for equal rights.
Malaysian demographic statistics are of ethnicity: 60 percent are classified as Malay, 25 percent as of Chinese descent, 10 percent of Indian descent, and 5 percent as others. 60 percent of the population is Muslim.
A check on the incidence of overall poverty in Malaysia, according to the mid-term review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) in 2007, shows that the figure stands at 3.6%, with urban poor figures pegged at a mere 2%, of which only 0.3% fall into the hardcore poverty range.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s Report on the Human Rights Approach to Poverty Reduction in the country (Suhakam HRAPR) released in 2007 has proposed to the government that when dealing with poverty and equal access to development, it is important to ensure there is no discrimination involved.
From the research done so far on the poverty problem, even in Kuala Lumpur, Malays make up more than 60% of urban poor. They work in factories and hold low-paying civil-service jobs, and suffer from many disadvantages.
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The Reid Commission specified that the intent of Article 153 was to address the imbalance between the Chinese and Malays in terms of economic equity. In the period following Malaysian independence, however, the Bumiputra share of the economy did not substantially increase; as late as 1970, it was estimated that Bumiputras held only 2.4% of the economy, with the rest in Chinese and foreign hands. Friction between the Malay and Chinese communities grew, reaching its peak in 1969 during the 13 May race riots.
Wealth in the hands of the bumiputras went from 4% in 1970 to about 20% in 1997. The overall wealth of the country as a whole also grew; per capita GNP went from RM1,142 in 1970 to RM12,102 in 1997. During the same period, absolute poverty in the population as a whole dropped from 50% to 6.8%.
NEP Benchmarks 1970 1990 2004
Bumiputra equity 2.4% 19.3% 18.7%
(RM477m) (RM20.9b) (RM73.2b)
Overall poverty 52% 17.1% 5%
Rural poverty 59% 21.8% 11%
Household income RM660 RM1,254 RM2,996
Top 10 Richest Man In Malaysia For 2009 are:
1. (1)Robert Kuok USD 9 billion, 85, married, 8 children.
2. (2)Ananda Krishnan USD 7 billion, 71, married, 3 children.
3. (3)Lee Shin Cheng USD 3.2 billion, 70, married, 6 children.
4. (5)Lee Kim Hua USD 2.5 billion, 80, widowed, 6 children.
5. (4)Teh Hong Piow USD 2.4 billion, 79, married, 4 children.
6. (6)Quek Leng Chan USD 2.3 billion, 68, married, 3 children.
7. (7)Yeoh Tiong Lay USD 1.8 billion, 79, married, 7 children.
8. (8)Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary USD 1.1 billion, 57, married, 5 children.
9. (10)Tiong Hiew King USD 1 billion, 74, married, 4 children.
10. (9)Vincent Tan USD 750 million, 57, married, 11 children.
My readers are always welcomed to ask more questions so that I can give them the answer truthfully.
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