Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

a big dilemma

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i was looking for mr. lee's book and found the malay dilemma next to it. read a chapter of the dilemma and said damn - this is a waste of my time. the book was written in 1970. not much changes since better to just read a book on mr. lee. smart man but a bit of a dictator


my malaysian chinese identity has led many people to ask me about affirmative action policies that malaysia adopts to protect its indigenous people.

what are the affirmative action policies? i don’t know all of it but these are some that i know of.

1.) purchasing of property- they get a discount between 7% – 10%.

2.) they get special quotas to enter universities

3.) companies have to fulfill a specific hiring quota

first of all let me reiterate that i am not interested in talking about these rights. the reason why i am writing about this particular topic is because far too many people have asked me how i feel about it.

before i tell you how i feel about this. let me tell draw the parallels between drug users lining up for their daily dosage of methadone in front of rehab centers and affirmative action policies.

many experts say that methadone help addicts kick the habit. i think it delays it. it is a tool of self deceit that stops addicts from dealing with the problem. it is the same with affirmative action policies.

i think many people expect me to b**** about it, throw a fit, exclaim anger and state unfairness. well i did, when i was young.

but you know what, i am thankful for the way things are. as the chinese have always been a marginalized community, my grandparents and parents have to work hard. there is nothing we can fall back on.

we look out for each other. we build chinese schools that are far better schools than national ones. we work hard to send our children abroad because local universities have racial quotas to fill and as a direct result to that – we are more expose to better living standards outside the country.

i have recently begun to understand the notion of happiness a little more intimately. you can never be happy when your happiness is dependent on another source.

i have so many malay friends and i know they deserve more. i have said this and will say it again. malaysia like many places in the world has so much potential for greatness but so it is so untapped, it frustrates me.

i stood at the kl international airport a week ago wondering where international carriers have gone to – singapore, thailand, hong kong.

my country was a lot more open in the 1980s and 1990s. it has now become a stinking ground of mental inbreds. all because of policies that make us think, we need to be protected.

i think we are all stronger than we give ourselves credit for..


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  1. I feel the same way you do. I feel so unappreciated in Malaysia. Malaysia needs to have meritocracy in order to advance.

    Every Malaysian studying abroad has the same dilemma: whether to go back or remain abroad. A friend of mine did a study on overseas graduates returning to Malaysia. Results were predictable. Majority of the students were Chinese and they cited political and economical factors when considering whether to return. There are no incentives to return save for the comfort of home.

    These are Malaysians who are the cream of the crop. So the dilemma has always been stay abroad although you’re an alien or return home and feel unwanted. A lot of people I know have told me that they don’t mind a pay cut to work in Malaysia but the conditions are unbearable, especially coming from people who have worked abroad.

    Funny that I said the same thing when I was sending someone off at KLIA. It was so dead at 9pm. Malaysia need to get its act together. But I get the feeling that it’s really hard for people who has not been abroad to feel that urgency.


    October 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

    • Stefanie – for a young person like you, sorry you missed out on the great times of growing in malaysia.. sometimes we have to hit rock bottom to rise again. never lose faith. life is continuous cycle, we are just at a low point right now. it will need a revolution to change malaysia but we are not alone in this problem. fundamentally, the world is at a low point. from europe to america. the whole world is on methadone.


      October 15, 2010 at 4:44 am

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