Many bloggers have been pissed off with DPM Najib for having the double-face and double standards to criticise some in the private sector for discriminatory practice in recruiting only those who are proficient in Mandarin (the language, not the orange).
Not unexpectedly, they fall into two camps.
Camp 1 would demand of Najib to criticise the government’s own discriminatory recruitment practice as well.
Camp 2 attempted to discredit his criticism as misplaced by the argument that employers advertised for Mandarin speaking staff as a job-related requirement rather than for specific ethnicity.
I feel the latter presented their case in a better light. On the face of it, Najib has been incorrect to make such an accusation. As an example of his error, if one were to look at advertisements for some United Nations positions, specific language(s) requirements are stated.
But the problem with Najib’s allegation is not that he doesn’t know. Like all top UMNO policy pronouncements, there is a subtext to his statement.
He was putting on the best political spin in the light of unemployed graduates almost doubling from 45,000 in 2000 to 85,000 last year. Most of them are Malays, so bloody blame someone else. And who better than the good ole faithful Chinese punching bag. Yes, someone has to be the scapegoat, and Mandarin seems convenient as the whipping boy.
It’s the usual UMNO tactic.
In the old days, the Chinese would be dragged out to be flogged as unpatriotic potential communists, to divert attention from government failings.
Then, those China-peks would be sacrificed on the altar of Ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) to ensure other wannabe leaders in the Malay community, like PAS or Semangat 46, were chopped down as unnecessary divisive forces in the face of a threat to Bangsa dan Agama (race & Islam). Long keris (Malay dagger), short keris, tebuans (hornets) and whatnot would be coopted into the distracting or more-Hang-Tuah-than-thou spin.
Oh, talking about that, remember May 13?
* mei yu gongzuo = no job