Global survey claims Malaysians among the least racially tolerant
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are among the least racially tolerant in the world, according to the World Values Survey carried out by Swedish economists.
The survey showed that 20% to 29.9% of Malaysians would not like living next to a person of a different race.
Malaysia was lumped together in the category with Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Mali and Zambia.
The survey was carried out to determine whether racial tolerance was linked to free-market economics.
The data survey comprising 81 countries, produced as an “atlas of global tolerance” by Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson, was reported in the Washington Post.
It revealed that Malaysia was ranked after India, Bangladesh and Hong Kong (40% and above) and Indonesia (30% to 39.9%).
As many as 43.5% of Indians, 51.4% of Jordanians, 71.8% of Hong Kongers and 71.7% of Bangladeshis said they would not want to live with a neighbour of another race.
In contrast, only 9.9% of Singaporeans were considered racially intolerant.
To gauge the respondents’ level of racial tolerance, they were told to identify whom they would not want as neighbours.
In the map, countries that were more racially tolerant were coloured blue.
Countries that were less tolerant were coloured in different shades of red.
Malaysia was coloured “light red”.
Anglo and Latin countries were rated as the most racially tolerant.
Basically the segregation of students along the racial line happened after my Form 3 when UMNO’s apartheid kicked in in full force. I have stopped visiting Malay classmates during hari raya after departed from my first secondary school in the deep rural area.
I still remember a Malay teacher told Malay students in the class that Chinese is the one selling drug to poison Malay minds. I believe same teaching is still being used by BTN till today.
Malaysia is a nation within a nation especially in West Malaysia, three major races are living in the own mini world. The social interaction is limited to working relationship. At least 90% of Chinese or Malay or Indian wedding ceremonies are attended by a single race only.
For instances, there are also bars and pubs to cater for different races in Penang.
UMNO apartheid works perfectly in Malaysia for UMNO to secure power for last 60 years. As long as Malay majority supports UMNO’s apatheid to gain a simple majority, why UMNO have to worry the support from Chinese and Indians?
UMNO only needs non-Malay votes to secure 2/3 majorities for them to amend constitution to contain non-Malay power and rights.
Only Indians still cannot see through why they must vote PR even they hate PR politicians like me.
A reply to Anonymous Malay — An Anonymous Cina
March 31 — I am a Cina. Like Anonymous Malay, I went through the public education system since primary one all the way until tertiary level. I too, graduated from a public university.
Coming from a small pekan, a combination of small township and villages, I had the privilege of growing up with a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Sikh kids. I never knew what a ‘Malaysian Ideal’ was back then for it never occurred to me as a kid that it could be any other way than what we had been enjoying. We cycled around the kampungs visiting friends and teachers on Hari Raya, Chinese Lunar New Year and Deepavali. Best of all, it was not for all the formalities and pretence we adults so consciously put effort in today. We were just a bunch of kids having fun. For me, it was the muruku and the dodol. We boys taught each other swear words in our native tongue. I learned guitar from a Malay boy near my house.
If we want to find the answer to what is wrong in our society today, we only need to look at our children. They say if we adults look carefully, there are many valuable lessons we can learn from kids. The naivety that we as kid was enjoying back then soon gave way to the demands of life and reality of adulthood. Things began to change as we progressed closer to SPM. Our Malay schoolmates began to slowly drift away from us. After each Friday prayer, they were hauled into Bilik Bimbingan dan Kaunseling (counselling room) and would spend hours inside while the rest of us would enjoy the long break before the start of the evening sessions.
Little did I know the horror that was taking place in those counselling sessions until a close Malay friend whispered it to me. My Malay classmates were being asked to beware of kids from other races – that they are merely pendatangs (immigrants) and if not careful, the pendatangs will take away all their lands and richness. Hammered into the young skulls of my Malay schoolmates back then were also ways at which they should dominate all aspects of life over people of other colours and faiths. Therefore, when the news about the brainwashing within BTN broke out, it came as hardly any surprise to me at all. They have been breaking up this lovely nation of a harmonious and united people for generations now. And they start young.
After SPM, my Malay schoolmates simply vanished. Most did not even say goodbye. Those with results far behind some of us continued on to matriculations and ADPs (American Degree Program). I was bitter about it – asking why some of us with far much better results need to be slogging through the uncertainty that was STPM. Words can’t describe the disappointment of a desperate pekan kid of 17 years old when faced with such unjust world. I had only skimmed the tip of the iceberg that is the monstrous hidden beast called Institutionalized Racism. Welcome to reality.
I need not describe the troubled state of racial unity in this country today. We just need to look into our Facebook friend list to see the division along racial lines. Even with the convenience of connections within few clicks away, I can hardly find my Malay childhood friends who are interested enough to rekindle old friendship. Festive season visits are now only confined among the pendatang childhood gang only.
However, I want to help ease the moral burden of Anonymous Malay – the uneasy feeling that his/her success was attained at the cost of a more deserving non-Malay. Yes, if you look around us, the poor and the struggling class may be colour blind for poverty does not identify with race and opportunity does. But if there is anyone we should feel we have failed, it is the people of Malaysia generally and the Malay specifically.
I came from a poor family. Even by the standard of the small pekan, my family was poor. But instead of being bitter my whole life about the unfair treatment and lack of smoother path, I am actually thankful to the hardship that was bestowed upon me in my younger days. They say it is often loss that teaches us about the worth of things. The absence of meritocracy in the public education system taught me the value of hard work. The lack of opportunity and options forced me to focus on what is at hand and make the best out of whatever scarce resources available.
So my dear Anonymous Malay, free yourself from the moral burden. One does not need to feel guilty to harvest the fruit of one’s own labour. Instead, it is the Malay that you should be sorry for. Yes, your own people – the prince-of-the-soil. Take a look around the world today. Look at the state of the natives that have been enjoying all the benefits of protection from their state. It is not too difficult to draw the conclusion that those who live by the welfare of the state fare poorest in the social-economic ladder. The only anomaly you should find in the survey would be that in this lovely land, it is the majority that is being spoiled. Nowhere in this world will you find laws put in place to protect and spoil a majority.
It is heart-warming really, to read those words coming from a Malay – that he/she is feeling uneasy about the institutionalised racism that has been plaguing our nation for generations now. However, the more worrying and relevant question now is where we are heading towards as a broken nation made up of a multi-racial people that is consistently threatening to burn and kill each other (metaphorically)? What is a Bangsa Malaysia? Can it be achieved only by eradicating every aspect of other differing cultures and having everyone speaking only a common tongue and nothing else? For 55 years, the leaders of this nation think so.
Anonymous Malay, never for once have I doubted your ability or that of your people for I do not subscribe to the believe system of Hitler’s Aryan racial superiority. You are merely the victim of a system that does not permit you to hold your head high and claim the merits of your success. Perhaps one day, we can all stand on the same levelled platform and congratulate each other for a job well done. But I worry we may not see that day in this lifetime. While we are waiting, perhaps one of the small way you can help is by embracing back your childhood pendatang friends. I sure am hoping that one day, I will get a message in my Facebook or email saying,”Bro, are you Anonymous Cina? We used to hangout after school – Anonymous Malay”
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Besides my old stereotype on Indian as lawyers and labors, there are few new images cropped up in my mind on Malaysian Indians.
1. Recycled Goods Trader: Most recycled goods traders in KL are Indian.
Don’t mistaken the trade as a low class job, the business can earn lucrative return more than you expected. Two of the top 10 richest persons in China are from recycling business.
2. Crime: A half of Malaysian criminals are Indian compared to 5% Indian population in Malaysia according to police criminal statistics.
I had first-hand experience of being robbed by an Indian gang in a mamak restaurant in Cheras. This is only robbery I encountered in my life.
A DAP politician moved to Cheras from Pahang said three of his four family members were robbed in Chears. He did not mention the race of robbers in the rally.
The Chinese newspapers will report the identify of Indian criminal as Indian, but report Malay criminal as “friendly race”. Indian readers please take note of racial discrimination in the Chinese newspapers controlled by MCA.
3. BN supporters: A packet of rice will pull in a huge crowd of Indian to any rally organized by BN. The absent of Indian mass in Bersih 3.0 and KL112 is indicated that the majority Indians are behind BN in the coming election.
When you point your fingers to others, three fingers pointing to yourself.
Many baseless accusations against opposition are originated from pro-UMNO bloggers like kickdefella, etc. and published as a truth in the newspapers and TV stations the following days.
The latest is a DAP Malay senate was accused by pro-UMNO bloggers to say racial slur against public servants. Muhyiddin picked up the shit and made it like a truth.
Two gangs from different races fighting in the street is a normal street crime, but most Malaysians will relate it to racial clash. This is not a rumor, it’s a NEP-conditioned perception.
I went through a horrific story in 1977 when a 16-year Malay girl was raped and murdered gruesomely in the rubber estate by a Chinese middle age man from my village. The girl’s father is a few Malays who have Chinese friends and I knew him since my childhood days. He stopped to visit my village after the incident.
The Chinese man was arrested several years at Johor Bahru and sentenced to jail.
The crime case was turned into a racial hatred issue, and a racial riot almost broke up, but it was prevented at last minute by an influential penghulu and UMNO leader. The penghulu is Muhyiddin’s father-in-law.
My experience is not a rumor, the men in the village already armed with various weapon and ready to kill armed intruders. A skinny boy like me also armed with a machete, I chose to join the adult to defend the village instead of hiding in safe place like other boys in my age.
Another lesson is you will see who is real man under such emergency, some look very brave adults are actually cowards who are hiding in the bedroom with their wives. These people do not understand the mob will kill them also even they hide in the bedroom.
The incident in my village was fully blacked out in the mass media. No internet at the time to spread the “rumor”.
Irresponsible bloggers blamed
By NOOR ADZMAN BAHARUDDIN AND ADIB POVERA | email@example.com
SECURITY AT STAKE: Rumours on racial riots baseless, says Muhyiddin
ALOR STAR: THE spreading of rumours of racial riots in Sungai Petani, Kedah could harm national security and paint a detrimental image of the country.
In blaming irresponsible bloggers, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said they were setting a dangerous precedent on the Internet.
“There was no such thing (as racial riots), but they had deliberately created rumours of a massive racial clash in Sungai Petani.
“This is very dangerous and a very irresponsible thing to do,” he said after attending a special meeting with Kedah civil servants at Universiti Utara Malaysia in Sintok, near here.
Muhyiddin, who was here on a day-long working visit, was asked on postings claiming racial clashes had resulted in the loss of life and the torching of a mosque over the past few days.
He said nobody should condone the actions of such irresponsible bloggers and rumour-mongers.
“The police have confirmed that none of what was posted on the Internet was true. The public should not be unduly worried or afraid.”
Kedah police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said police had detained 36 people to help them investigate the spreading of false news claiming there were racial riots in the state. He said the suspects, aged between 18 and 36, were being held at the Kuala Muda district police headquarters.
“More people will be roped in to facilitate our investigations.
“We will not compromise with anyone or groups which are out to create unrest and public disorder.”
Earlier, Muhyiddin praised civil servants for their commitment in helping realise the government’s various socio-economic programmes for the people.
He said many milestones reached by the country, including Malaysia’s achievement in becoming the world’s 10th top nation in attracting foreign direct investments, were made possible by the close cooperation of civil servants.
“The government comes up with policies and programmes and our civil servants help realise them.
“We acknowledge your contributions and sacrifices and all of you have made it possible for us to achieve many programmes for the people,” he said to a thunderous applause from the floor, comprising about 4,000 civil servants based in Kedah. Additional reporting by Ili Shazwani
Read more: Irresponsible bloggers blamed – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/irresponsible-bloggers-blamed-1.189581?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.3D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.111w5ii%2Fed-1.1176%2F%2F2.2525%2F2.2525%2F1.331200%3Fcache%3D0%3Fpage%3D0%2F7.181475%3Fkey%3DMalaysia%3Fpage%3D0#ixzz2Ff1zr9CH
I visited Sabah in late 90s and found Sabahans are living harmonious regardless their races. There are several religion followers in a family is not strange thing in Sabah unlike in Peninsula where the corpse snatch often happen.
With the invasion of UMNO Malays from Peninsula, the racial hatred sentiment will be growing like cancer in Sabah soon.
Sabah harmony impresses world – CM
by Nancy Lai. Posted on May 31, 2012, Thursday
PENAMPANG: The annual Pesta Kaamatan or Harvest Festival is a celebration that has strengthened ties among the people, especially between the leaders and local communities, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
This is Sabah’s specialty which has impressed and sparked the curiosity of foreign leaders visiting the state, Musa said when officiating at the annual Traditional Sports Festival and the opening of the exhibition at the KDCA grounds here yesterday.
“Leaders from foreign countries are impressed when they see the harmony and how comfortably Sabahans celebrate the various celebrations and festivals in the state,” he said, adding that organizing annual events such as the Pesta Kaamatan is one way to preserve the traditions handed down by our ancestors.
Musa said it is important to preserve and conserve Sabah’s cultural uniqueness so that it will become a culture that is respected by all in the country.
“Our cultural diversity and uniqueness is also a tourist attraction and this in turn auger well for the state’s progress and number of tourist arrivals to Sabah,” he said.
The ability of Sabah’s different races and cultures to live in peace and harmony also reflects the political stability in the state and country, Musa said, adding that this is one of the main attractions for investors to come to Sabah and Malaysia.
“For example, a US based company has decided to invest RM2 billion in a lobster farming project in Sabah’s east coast and they told me that they chose Sabah because of its beauty, political stability, huge potential, friendly people and good administration,” he said.
“I am proud to hear such praises from the investors as this shows their high opinion of Sabah and its people,” he said.
Musa also assured the organizing committee of the annual Pesta Kaamatan celebrations that its request for additional allocation to cover the cost of the event ‘can be discussed and can be approved”.