Friday, 19 April 2013

What is your ranking in Malaysia?

During my recent travels, it was again reinforced to me that the world ranks people to different classes/rights. When I was in the airport, people in first and business class boarded first, got served better and had their own "lounges" which were off limits to "cattle class " people like myself. Then I went to Marina Bay Sands mall in Singapore. I realised a single item in many of the shops there would have finished up the entire allocated budget I had for the trip. Often the shop was open but the doors were closed, I felt it was a unspoken sign to keep out people of a "lower" class. In these scenarios, people were classed based on how much money they owned or were willing to spend. In Malaysia, we often use the term "second class citizen" to describe a class of people with less rights according to the law than others. We are talking about discrimination written into law, not discrimination by the population. In fact this phenomenon is not isolated to Malaysia, many countries follow this kind of discriminatory practices. Fijian Indians mention that they are "second class citizens" as well. As the Malaysian election looms, I just thought I'd make a list of different ranks of rights/benefits of people in Malaysia. This is just my opinion to be taken as is. You may be free to disagree. Feel free to comment. Please note I am not a hater nor do I condone hate between people. I think it is the most foolish sentiment of all. In the end, God is the only true judge of us.

What is your rank in Malaysia?

1. UMNO members
2. UMNO cronies
3. Other BN members
4 . BN cronies
5.  Malays ( Bumiputras - think they are 1st class but actually number 5)
6. Non-malays who are muslims ( pseudo Bumiputras )
7. Non Malay indigenous people ( actual Bumiputras but second class Bumi rights)
8. Malaysian Chinese/Indian    ( think they are second class but actually number 8)
9 Dan lain-lain ( and others)

I have a dream.... a dream to be number 2 again.
Let us reclaim what it should be..

1. Malays and other indigenous ( Bumiputra)
2. Dan lain lain -  ( me)

Are you ready for CHANGE?

Finally, I wish you to ponder this famous quote below

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)

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