picture taken from Buuuuurrrning Hot (Scott Thong’s blog)
I received a tip from my blogger friend Scott thong about a very interesting piece of news. Scott has already posted the article in his blog, but since I think this is important, I will post it here , too. Thanks , Scott.
Apparently, in South Africa, a court ruled that Chinese has as much right as the blacks. This comes from a country where, formerly, apatheid policy was practiced. In other words, Chinese are classified as ‘blacks’ in South Africa.
The pertinent question is : when will Malaysian Chinese, or for that matter, Malaysian Indians and other minority people classified as “bumi”? I hope our politicians should take note of this news and maybe if they have time, ponder on it…. Why can’t people be treated equally? Why can’t help be given on based on needs? Why can’t affirmative action be taken based on social strata? Then all the poor will be given help, regardless of colour.
This is the post from news.com.au
June 19, 2008 12:47am
A COURT has issued a landmark ruling classifying Chinese South Africans as black, making them eligible for benefits for those discriminated against under the former apartheid regime.
The ruling from the Pretoria high court came after the Chinese Association of South Africa (CASA) challenged their exclusion from laws aimed at redressing economic imbalances under white-minority rule, which ended in 1994.
CASA argued that Chinese citizens continue to be marginalised under the country’s black economic empowerment and affirmative action legislation.
Both laws benefit the country’s black, Indian and mixed-race communities.
“As Chinese South African we were officially classified as coloured during the apartheid era and suffered under the same discriminatory laws prior to 1994,” CASA chairman Patrick Chong said.
“The logical inference was thus Chinese South Africans would automatically qualify for the same benefits afforded to the coloured group, post 1994.”
The organisation has pressed government on the matter since 2000 in order to seek clarity on their racial classification
I would like to re-post here an article I wrote many months back (November 2006) :
One of my earlier postings in this blog “Buck up to prevent being marginalised” was posted in the newsgroup soc.culture.malaysia on 19th November. It received about 40 comments by now.I would like to single out one comment which I think is totally irrational.
One person called “Othm” commented that “we would prefer to live up the coconut tree, rather than to have the chinamen, indiamen, matsalleh control my country”.
I think this comment is totally nonsensical and irrational and does not represent majority of the people. It is the comment of an ignorant person perhaps. Those who think ahead and who care for the country will not have uttered such comment.
It is like a child who is behaving emotionally with a ” If I don’t get it, I destroy it” type of mentality.
First of all, we are all Bangsa Malaysia. We are in the same boat. If the boat sails well, everyone will be get good rewards. If, one the other hand, the boat sinks, everyone will be drowned. In order to sail well, everyone in the boat must cooperate and work together. The weaker ones in the boat may be given more and the stronger ones may be asked to contribute more. These are all agreed upon. But some form of fairness must also prevail in order to make everyone happy and work hard in the boat.
Secondly, there is no such entities as chinamen and indiamen as all of us are Chinese Malaysian, Indian Malaysian and so on.
Thirdly , the Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian are not going to control the country since they are in the minority. Whatever they earn, they spend in the country and everyone benefits from their spendings. They also pay tax to central govenment and local authorities. The tax revenue helps to fund development, maintain schools, hospitals, parks, roads, subsidise food and petrol, pay the salary of civil servants and police, and enable rubbish to be collected. Besides, they contribute as much in nation building as any other people.
Fourthly, these Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian are born and bred here. This is the only country they know since birth. As with their Malay Malaysian counterparts, this is their only boat.
In fact, every human being is the same. We actually descend from the same ancestors who many hundred thousand years ago moved out from Africa and settled all over the world. The different habitat and evolving cultures may have changed the outer appearance, but if you look inside every human, everything is similar.
So, I ask all my boatmates to think ahead and cooperate with each other. The socially and physically more fortunate must help the socially and physically less fortunate. Other than that, everyone should be kind and fair to the others. No one then would have to stay up in the coconut trees.