07 August 2013

Apa Cina Mau...?

An interesting article by Carol Ng with some points which I have highlighted below which I could not have agree more. I believe these are the essence of what the Chinese want and not that of the power grab that some, particularly a group of unscrupulous politicians or opportunists who are so preoccupied with maintaining their own position, power and  greed that put the blame to the Chinese.

What do the Chinese want?  
(edited from Carol Ng's article)

Even more amazing is the demand for Chinese to go back to China, and Indians go back to India too. I’m not sure what makes them think China or India would take us ‘back’ in the first place. I believe that for most of us, going ‘back’ to China, even if we legally could, is nowhere on the list.  

Basically, everything we don’t like about Malaysia, is a lot worse in China. If we migrated anywhere, we’d rather go to Singapore, America, Australia, United Kingdom, which may not be perfect, but there is more equal opportunity, more freedom, higher pay and a good chance at a better livelihood. 

But for a lot of us, we’d rather stay in Malaysia, simply because most of our happy memories, friends and family are here. Plus the food here is just too good. 

So if we don’t like China and we’d rather not run off to some developed country, why do we Chinese complain so much about Malaysia if it’s not that bad? I believe it can be summarised as follows:

We want to show off how successful we are compared to others.
We want to have pride in what we earn, not receive money for nothing.
We want a secure future for our children.
(P/S: Perhaps this is the main reason Chinese are = to Kiasu )

And even if our government doesn’t give us what we want, then at the very least, we want to be left alone to do earn our livelihood and carry out our traditions and beliefs without others threatening our ways.

Malaysia is rich in natural resources, which when managed well, would help Malaysia develop quickly. Yet when we visit our tiny neighbour down south, we have to pay double the price for the same thing. Singapore’s GDP ranks among the top 5 in the world, but Malaysia is all the way below, at 55th. How can this be? We are losing face to our tiny neighbour!

So we complain because we want to be better than them. The Chinese like taking pride in telling people whatever we earned was through our own hard work. But if a Chinese is not working and just receiving money from elsewhere, we may think they are lucky, but not someone very respectable as they are not contributing to society.

This is partly why the Chinese do not favour monetary handouts like BR1M. There is no pride in receiving money for doing no work. This is why we hate corruption so much as corrupted people are essentially getting money for nothing. It’s especially annoying when we know that money was earned through our own hard work to begin with.

And for Chinese, ensuring a secure future for our children is very important. So much that some poor parents work all their life and stay frugal just to ensure their children get a good education and are successful in future. So what would be better is to provide scholarships to our intelligent children.

You would never see the Chinese demand scholarships for poorly performing Chinese students to get scholarships, far as we are concerned, if you cannot study, you don’t deserve a scholarship. We only complain when a student has performed very well in his or her studies, but is still unable to get a scholarship in Malaysia just because they are not of a certain race.

Even if we don’t get whatever rights we are supposed to get as a Malaysian citizen, we just do our work or run our businesses quietly and carry out our traditions and beliefs.

But some people just can’t leave us alone even to do that. Why? Because we are perceived as a major threat. The Chinese make up 23% of the Malaysian population and Indians even less at 7%. How logical is it that we would be a threat to a race that makes up well over half the country’s population? 
(P/S: So it's just the unscrupulous politicians and opportunists who created and spread the lies to deceive the dependence majority to hate and blame the Chinese for everything in order to hold on to their power, greed and vast opportunity to enriching themselves).

While some extremists are busy lodging reports and protesting about anything and everything that they perceive to be a threat to their race or religion, we just continue doing our work. The most Chinese do is complain online or among each other, and then back to doing our own thing.

And instead of being appreciated, or at least left alone to focus on our work, which by the way, is how we improve the country’s economy, our beliefs are hijacked to demonstrate some misguided form of racial superiority, and we are told to go back to China. Which seems to show that some people are just way too free to do these kinds of things instead of doing actual work and contributing something to the development of our country. 

A lot of Malaysians have already left the country to find greener pastures elsewhere as they see better opportunity in other countries than here, which I personally find sad. As easy as it would be for me to leave too, I’d rather stay and continue to hope for Malaysia to truly become the racially harmonious and progressive country it proclaims itself to be, instead of a divided people that have fallen to the tricks and lies of certain unscrupulous politicians. 

Wishing my Malay friends a Selamat Hari Raya and hope that this helps create a better understanding and respect between all races and religions. 

Read more here.

P/S:  Then perhaps Lim Kit Siang is right when he says, ask not what Chinese want but what Malaysia wants.  Read here.


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