Chinese minorities are systemically marginalised because they are successful and hardworking. The attitude of both Malaysia and Indonesia towards Chinese-dominated Singapore has been shaped by the way their own Chinese minorities behave under the constraint of their government’s systematic marginalisation, namely being ‘compliant’. Those two Malay-dominated governments want Chinese Singapore to be equally compliant.
Let’s examine his points more closely, but with regards to Malaysia only (because we live here):
(1) Chinese citizens of Malaysia are successful and hardworking
(2) They are systematically marginalised because of that
(3) Malaysia sees their Chinese minorities as compliant
(4) Therefore they want Chinese-Singapore to be equally compliant
There are 3 factors in his statements on Chinese Malaysian – (a) successful & diligent, (2) systematically marginalised, (3) compliant
However, these three features are not automatically related nor flow from one to the other, though in some cases they may be. Let’s look closer:
(1) The MCA and Gerakan members are generally successful but not all are diligent
(2) They are compliant but not necessarily systematically marginalised
(3) The poor Chinese (non-BN members), poor Indians (could well be BN members), poor Malays (usually though not all non-BN members), many non-Malay bumiputeras and most Orang Asli are obviously not successful though could well be diligent
(4) They are marginalised but not necessarily compliant.
(5) The DAP and PAS members are definitely marginalised but far from being compliant
(6) Most are generally hardworking and some are even successful
I could go on and on with all sorts of combination but basically what I wanted to show was that, in LKY’s couple of sentences that were tossed around, those words involved so many factors which may not automatically be related to one another, or the consequences of another.
BTW, what does LKY meant by being ‘marginalised’? KTemoc knows he had been ‘marginalised’ (personal experience) but that doesn't mean Vincent Tan, Patrick Badawi or Ananda Krishnan are.
And what is meant by ‘compliant’? Well, Raja Bodek is certainly ‘compliant’ but then, he is an extreme case so we won’t be able to use him as a clear example of that LKY-alleged characteristic.
Hmmm, let’s see – how about Lim Keng Yaik and Ong Ka Ting, or their predecessors like Dr Lim Chong Eu or Ling Liong Sik or even Tan Siew Sin?
What about former DAP strong man Lee Lam Thye? Now, this bloke would provide an interesting case study - please be fair on him!
What about the Malays in Singapore? Could LKY’s words about Chinese Malaysians be applied equally to them?
What are your views?