Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Racially-intolerant Malaysians

There is this World Values Survey developed by two Swedish economists, Niclas Berggren and Therese Nilsson that aimed to determine whether racial tolerance was linked to free-market economics.
To gauge a respondent’s level of racial tolerance was linked to free-market economics. Respondents in more than 80 countries were told to identify whom they would not want as neighbours. One possible answer was “people of a different race”. The proportion of people picking this answer from any given country was then used to show the relative tolerance of that society.
And the findings revealed that up to 29.9 percent of Malaysians said they would not like living next to a person of a different race, which was approximately the same percentage in Thailand and the Philippines, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Mali and Zambia.
So what does this fact tells us? Malaysians are among the least racially-tolerant people in the world! And according to this research, those from India, Bangladesh and Hong Kong are the most racist. For those interested to learn about next-door neighbour Singapore – well, only 9.9 percent of Singaporeans were considered racially intolerant, marking out the island republic as among the most open country in the world.
Is it any wonder why we have UMNO (United Malays National Organization), MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association), MIC (Malaysin Indian Congress), Perkasa (Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia), HINDRAF (Hindu Rights Action Force) and many other entities that are racially exclusive? Didn’t Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin proudly asserted that he is Malay first and Malaysian second? Haven’t we been reminded again and again about the sanctity of “Ketuanan Melayu”?
This is sad but true.
It has been quite awhile since we have had a decent-sized SUBS group on a lunch outing but yesterday, eleven of us went to Canton-i @ Sunway Pyramid to celebrate Chong Soon Meng’s birthday. Check out the photos below:

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