Monday, August 17, 2009

The Malaysian Race-less Dream


I have a notion, of a way to probably, maybe, lessen racial discrimination.

By removing the 'race' column from all types of forms. By doing that, they can't tell who and who is and what race they are, right? A Malay anak datuk won't get a scholarship because they don't know that he or she is a Malay, an academically eligible Chinese can get into matriculation, an underprivileged Indian can get government scholarships and a Kadazan/Iban would have to work as hard as the other races to pay off his or her house loan. More equality to it, don't you think so?

Today, my wish has come true: the Cabinet has decided to drop it from official forms.

For one moment there, I'm beginning to believe that our government has realised that playing the racial card is not the way to go and by actually walking their 1Malaysia talk, they can regain the rakyats trust.

Till they decided that "some forms will continue to have the category in relation to special privileges for Bumiputras".

What will be the difference, then? That there will be no discrimination between the Chinese and Indians?

And yes, I acknowledge that the Bumiputras have special privileges to aid them in achieving a better life quality.

But what if they are already born filthy rich and of high status? Do they still get these privileges?

Aren't doctors suppose to treat the sick, and only the sick?

Alas, it had only been a wishful thinking.

11 comments:

kei-1 said...

being one of the more racially confused kid around,

I've to admit I do find it sickening to see my fellow kin abusing their rights. I feel it more so because I have more Chinese friends rather than my own kin.

To see everything made equal finally would be a sight to behold to definitely, I'd LOVE to see people who are really capable of doing something being accepted into it instead of those with the ladder help. However, with everything already running this way for ages, it'll be a total disaster too.

I know at least 5 people with amazing English that applied for TESL and failed, looking at them makes me feel so damn small looking at other TESLian at times.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Thanks for agreeing with me. I thought I would get shunned already...hehe. And about the more eligible TESL applicants, yes, I've known people like that too. Which is really sad since they so badly want to be here, but they can't just because what they are born as.

sHeiLa said...

let us think this situation

try u find most of the form to see is there any choice for sabahan/sarawakian instead of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Lain-lain..

oh..are we malaysian?why should we as from borneo need to choose Lain-lain..sounds like we are not a malaysian

:)

momo said...

honey,

sad to say that this is not a practical step to be applied in sabah due to the PTI overspill we have here.

p/s: i thought sabahans and sarawakians have their own categories in most forms: bumiputera sabah and bumiputera sarawak~

Melancholic Fool said...

Amanda... I am scared of actually commenting this... but aku memberanikan diri ni...

I look at Malaysian/Our history... They say, they are the aborigines of this land, the tanah melayu is malay. My ancestors are pendatang. that is why, we need to have special privileges for them in this country...

The question is, what special privileges?? It has never entered my mind of how hard it is to live as a non-malay. When i finished my SPM, i cant fill in the UPU form, because the courses that they allowed non-malays to take are diploma courses and also courses that i have never heard off... it is like useless for me to buy the whole guidebook, they should have sell another thin guidebook for the non-malay to fill in in.

That is when i saw the special privilege thing with my own eyes, my siblings have gone thru it, they never entered university becasuse of their confusion of us being bot indian and muslim...

Even when i am thankful that i am born in this country, sometimes i still feel ssad thinking about how immature they are...

Im glad im not of them, so that every achievement that i make, it is all me...

sorry for them who are offended...

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Sheila: Yeah, sedangkan the so-called 'lain2' are bumiputeras themselves...

Momo: Hm, I completely forgot about our PTI problem is Sabah...hehe...so I guess if in sabah, they should just have one column - penduduk Sabah and warganegara asing tanpa dokumen...Yes? :D

Azhar: You're free to express anything here...whether you agree or disagree with me :p

anyways. Whether the Malays are truly the aborigines here, is another issue, coz who are those people labeled as "Orang Asli" then? I'm not gonna touch on that issue coz I don't have concrete understanding of it yet.

I comletely understand you. I only came to know racism and discrimination of race after school. Coz you know how I ended up in IPTI? It's because they realised I'm Chinese so I can't enter UITM coz Maktab Gaya twins with them (I was a Maktab Gaya student for a month).

And yes, we work twice as hard and reap more benefits.

I'm not disgruntled about those with privilege, I'm just disgruntled with those who DON'T deserve it and should be given to those who really, really need the push e.g. the dismally poor.

No offense.

rainbow said...

This is something sensitive but it's not a problem to discuss about it here when everyone is open minded. I have nothing to comment about the malay's privileges as bumiputra as it is already in the perlembagaan (that is what they say all the time).The sad thing is that sometimes the other races don't get what they are supposed to get even when they have all the qualities.I ended up in IPTI although i scored 10A's.My matriculation application was rejected for no reason...I found out that my bumiputra friends who scored 3A's managed to get into matriculation.So, where is the just???
The deletion of the race part in the forms is not going to make any difference as they are not stupid enough to not be able to differentiate us by our names.Unless we are given numbers when we are born to fill up any forms (replacing our names), then it would make some difference..
i don't believe in this one malaysia race-less dream because what is the point in having this dream when the mentality is still the same????

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Moe: So sorry to hear that...and yes, you are right. Even if we don't need to fill out our race, they will still know what we are from the face and name. Sigh. I just wonder how other multiracial countries do it.

Melancholic Fool said...

and by the way... yes Amanda... i agree with you... so far anything that concerns about race thing, aku belum jumpa apa2 yang aku nak oppose u... haha

MeMeR said...

I kind of agree. Some Bumis are just undeserving, yet they still get what the more deserving 'lain-lain'/non-bumis people should get!!

chegu carol said...

an issue that has been playing over and over for ages and yet still here. sad.