a big dilemma
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..