Here’s the case for the ugly accusation of 'marginalisation of Chinese Malaysians', part of an article by Kim Quek:
Amidst the chorus of angry protests against Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s recent remark that Chinese Malaysians have been marginalised, can the protesters answer a simple question?
If there has been no racial marginalisation in Malaysia, why has the word ‘meritocracy’ been taboo in politics ever since the race riots of May 13, 1969?
This is the only country in the world that has virtually banned the concept.
Other questions come to mind.
Why has there been a massive and unrelenting brain-drain ever since the debacle in 1969, resulting in a countless number of Chinese Malaysians excelling in many fields in foreign lands?
Why has there been a virtual monopoly by one race - numerically as a whole as well as in the top hierarchy - of the entire spectrum of the public sector, namely, the army, police, civil service, judiciary, public universities, semi- and quasi-government bodies, and government-controlled financial institutions and enterprises?
Why has there been, year after year, the spectre of top Chinese Malaysian students being barred from universities, only (for some) to be admitted later upon begging by Chinese ministers in the cabinet?
No doubt Lee may be faulted for lacking diplomatic niceties, but he has spoken the truth. And I think every Malaysian irrespective of race knows that, at least in the deepest part of his heart.
Yes, we have been practising racial discrimination, which is a zero-sum game. When race A is barred so that race B can get in, it is one side’s loss to another side’s gain. It is sheer dishonesty and hypocrisy to deny that any race has suffered disadvantages as a result of this policy.