Friday, June 06, 2014

Racism in advertising

Leng chai is mighty pissed off. In Malaysiakini's KJ sees red over 'non-bumi' job ad, a firm was reported to have advertised its preference for a non-bumi to assume a post of production engineer in Tikam Batu, Kedah.

Though leng chai was initially provided with a doctored version of the advertisement a la char koay teow with plenty of chillies, the original version was ascertained as "Preferably non-bumiputera encourage (sic) to apply."

Leng chai has been absolutely correct in saying "Well, the actual ad isn't much better."

Kaytee believes it's terrible to marginalize qualified and capable candidates from applying on the basis of race, gender, religion (beliefs) or political affiliation. It's racist and discriminatory.

However, I expect some of my readers to say words to the effect that what's good for the goose should be good for the gander.

Okay, looking from their lenses, let's take an extreme example: Would the Malaysian army advertise for and accept all Malaysian races as soldiers in the Royal Malay Regiment? For example, military regiments in Britain such as the Scots Guards and Irish Fusiliers today aren't from only those named ethnic groups.

Would UiTM and the various other universities advertise for and accept for their respective Vice Chancellor positions Malaysians without ethnic considerations?

Anyway, I suspect or speculate whoever made that terrible advertisement for a non-bumi to be its production engineer might be thinking: WTF, "they" are doing it anyway!

But kaytee believes that's not correct to 'follow' the other side if the other side has been doing it wrong. As my mum used to shout at me (after gifting me with a couple of tight slaps, wakakaka) whenever I argued that my cousin did it first (something naughty of course, wakakaka): "He ate shit, so you want to eat shit too?"

Ouch and ouch again, good olde mum. Wakakaka.

There's no denying there's enormous discriminations going on in Malaysia especially in jobs, university places, etc. I needn't delve too deeply into this as most of you probably know the current situation better than me, wakakaka.

Even if the job of, say, that production engineer involves the processing, packing and cold storing of pork for export or sale locally, the advertisement must not rule out bumiputeras from applying as some bumiputeras (Sarawak/Sabah natives and our Peninsula Thais, now classed as bumi too) are Christians or devotees of non-Islamic religions like Buddhism or Hinduism.

And WTF, if a qualified Muslim wants to apply, that's entirely up to him or her. I remember my vet in Kedah who attended to the health of my dog for years was a Malay. In fact most of the staff in the veterinary department were (are?) Malays

Maybe the ad can at best state, as an informative courtesy, that 'the job will involve the processing, packing and cold storing of pork for export' etc. Then it's up to those qualified and interested to apply or not to apply.

However, I disagree with what was also reported in the same article by one complainant grumbling to leng chai about "Banyak je iklan 'mandarin speaking’ is an advantage" (There are many job advertisements where it is stated that speaking Mandarin is an advantage).

Some jobs do require language skills. Besides,  I know there are many Malays who are fluent not only in Mandarin but also Cantonese and Penang Hokkien - they put me to shame lah. For example, Najib's son is known to be fluent in Mandarin. Malu ai lah!

So the complaint that job advertisements requiring fluency in Mandarin, let alone those just saying 'speaking Mandarin is an advantage' (advantage only, not mandatory) is not a valid point.

And if challenged, the onus should be on the advertiser to show that fluency in Mandarin is indeed a requirement (or an advantage) for the advertised position - eg. journalist or editor of a Mandarin language newspaper, tour guide for Chinese tourists, manager based in Shanghai, or beh-koh-eoh salesperson, wakakaka).

koh-eoh (pain relieving patch)

Chinese writing warns against sticking on sensitive hairy areas of body?

This reminds me of Uncle's friend in New Zealand who related the following story to him:

A Kiwi sweetie went to South Korea as an English teacher. While there she was shocked by some local (Korean) job advertisements for English language teachers which blatantly said that non-Caucasians need NOT apply, wakakaka.

Such racist ads would NOT have been allowed in New Zealand or Australia, au contraire the authorities would be going after the person advertising such racist discriminatory job descriptions.

A wee digression - Those Koreans dungus weren't aware that some Asians speak better English than many Caucasians (Poles, Serbians, Ukrainians, Italians, Hungarians etc are Caucasians too - and not all Europeans speak good English as compared to some Indians, Pakistanis, Malaysians, Sings, Hong Kongers, etc).

The joke was, Unc's friend said, that Kiwi sweetie possesses such a terrible Kiwi accent that even the English or Americans would have great difficulty understanding her speech, let alone those Koreans - a case of the ignorant learning from a poor example of an English teacher, wakakaka. I wonder how she managed to last for almost two years there.

David Killick, a Kiwi freelance journalist wrote in a post on his website the following example of the Kiwi twang:

Gidday. Air gun?
(Good day. How are you going?)

The New Zild axsint: Uzza toe kay? Or uzza chuss duffrunt?”
(The New Zealand accent. Is it OK? Or is it just different?)

Then Killick narrated what I thought of that Kiwi sweetie in South Korea, as follows:

New Zealand actor Andie Spargo does character voices. He can switch seamlessly from English Upper Class twit to Scottish loon, to mad German scientist.

Spargo recalls when Lorraine Downes became Miss Universe in 1983.

“Here she was, this gorgeous woman on the international stage, and she was asked what she would like to do, and she said something like, ‘I’d like to go to Efrica? To hilp the chuwdren learn to speak Unglush?’

I thought, ‘You’d better not!’”

Wakakaka, ands that should have been applied too to the Kiwi sweetie in Korea.

But leng chai should know and accept that in Malaysia the discrimination game has been played horribly on both sides (by both Malays and non-Malays). Sadly in some cases, they were deliberate tit for tat or what's good for the goose should be good for the gander.

Now by contrast, take the example of an Australian advertisement in Hobart a couple of years ago that went like this: "Store requires no indians or asians please. Must speak english (sic)".

The first protests or attacks against the ad was from the community (most of whom are European Australians) - that's the hallmark of an advanced civilised society. reported:

The advert, on the Gumtree website, generated outrage on social media sites, with calls for people to boycott the store and lodge complaints.

"Which supermarket is this so I can boycott them?" one Facebook user said.

"What planet are they on?", asked another.

The job ad was later removed from the site.

A Coles spokesman yesterday admitted the advert had been posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store.

"The ad was placed without Coles' knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents," spokesman Jim Cooper said.

Not only was the contract company in deep shit but the website owner was as well. ABC news reported:

Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, has launched an investigation into the advertisement.

"It's clearly racially discriminatory and in a very important area of life for many people - the opportunity to work," she said.

Ms Banks said she was surprised when she read the ad, but that she knows racism happens.

"It's why we need to be alert to speak out about it when we see it quite so overtly," she said.

"The risk is that this is a very overt indication of somebody intending to discriminate, but I guess it's possible also that there are people who apply the same filter but don't advertise that they're going to do that."

Ms Banks says anyone who feels discriminated against by the ad could lodge a complaint and potentially fight for an apology and damages from both the advertiser themselves, and the publisher of the ad, Gumtree.

"Under anti-discrimination law in Tasmania it's unlawful to advertise or publish or to display or cause or permit an ad to be published," she said.

"So in this case Gumtree may have some liability."

A quick search of the Gumtree website reveals this is not the only advertisement that seems to discriminate.

Discrimination is apparent in more job ads, as well as ads for share housing.

Gumtree declined our request for an interview.

Taking about ads for share housing I am reminded of a movie called 'Single White Female', starring delicious Bridget Fonda.

I have been told by friends who lived in Fiji for years that such blatantly racist advertisements were fairly common, particularly by Indians there. Apparently some Indian landlords didn't want to rent out rooms or houses to the Fijian bumis.

Torika Watters would no doubt be an exception to
the no bumi' marginalisation above, wakakaka

at 16 she won Miss World Fiji title
 but was stripped of that title because organizaers said she was underaged

Torika said prior to contest organizers said her age was okay
but after she won, coincidentally locals complained she did not look Fijian enough (would that be considered racist?)

she's now 18!

But it's not always white bias as we can see from a Daily Mail report about an ad in 2010 which stated: 'Minimum six years of experience in IT . . . The person should be a UK citizen with security clearance from the UK Government. Preferably of Indian origin.'

Needless to say, the UK authorities went after the advertiser.

Well, WTF can we say except to jaga our own standards of not falling into a racial rut. Thus I support leng chai's (Khairy Jamaluddin's) condemnation of such racist advertising but at the same time I call upon him to lift our Malaysian game above blatant racism, especially from the BN-led government.

The government must provide the example as per the 1982 slogan of Dr Mahathir, 'Leadership through example'.

from Portal Pendidikan Utusan


  1. He's a hypocrite !

  2. Not sure I have sent in the comments but anyway, let lynn sing you this song

    We knew that Khairy's wife.......Hahahaha......Ask Hisham Rais la. He loves to discriminate against fatty fatty bum bum one. More like a hate crime. Sue him.

    Ok, to solve Khiary problem, send one china doll to kiss him and.......will he go away.........Hahahaha

  3. Kaytee,what leng chai?Haven't you read what Tun Razak's former pol sec said about leng chai.

    Khairy Jamaluddin ,a well educated Oxford Umno youth leader called Dyana Sofya in- experienced.He forgot that he was bypassed in a cabinet reshuffling when he was Umno youth president.And nowadays Umno youth is infested by hooligans and gangsters (meaning vermints).And Umno B has let all Malays down ........voters should vote these parasites out once and for all.Hehehe,all these coming out from the horse's mouth.AN original Umno veteran.

  4. Whoah........I hit the note OLD.......Hahahaha! Just like CL Flamiris.........He's in australia........Me hah..........belongs to kylie monogue aka charlene........Hahahahha

    Some says look like polish.......boh chap.........hahahaha.......Know what......don't wanna play this before Dyana election because it's bad publicity.....Use your brain la.......

    Kaytee woudl say.......what the heck......

    Remember the aussie series.........HAHAHAHHA! WHAT THE FUCK! HAHAHAHA!

    hey, kokomo made a comeback lei

    Some of people get fedup with songs........Hahahahaha, hence....don't worry be happy

    Hey Hey Hey.......our generation is da best......not like kaytee....lok kok......Hahahaha

    1. what the hell r u babbling abt? write something malaysian can understand la.

  5. the mean machine3:08 am, June 07, 2014

    Khairy is a very weak leader.Just like Najib.when a leader is weak,the bigots ,hooligans and samsengs are running loose.Even criminals are running loose like their grandpas own the streets.No wonder even ministers and police chiefs are getting home crashed,tied up and robbed.Khairy should be a jantan and take responsibility of his samsengs crashing the Penang assembly and damaging the DAP hadquarters inKL and resign as Youth Minister and leader.Show the Malays that you Khairy is a jantan.

  6. Those of you who read the newspapers in the 70s will see the following in the appointments or situation vacant pages:

    "preferably Bumiputras..."
    "Calling all Bumiputras..."
    "We invite Bumiputras..."
    "WANTED Bumiputra..."

    These phrases are commonly and openly used in the mainstream paper NST, and there was not a squeak from any of our politicians then. Life just carried on as usual.

    You can find the above examples in the issue NST archived here:

  7. the adv sound racist, or is racist, but the intention might not. otoh wakaka rarely write in a racist approach, but i still find many of his writing sound racist. funny huh?

    1. Funny ? Mana's all coz of your own slightly unsound mind...otak tak senter...senget sedikit things from your perspective took on a 'funny' bend lah.

    2. hehehe, stop ur kinky stalking habit, ur stinky dinky dot dot kok kok is disgusting. n stop sucky wakaky cocky.

  8. KJ ,KJ piece by piece he gives off his principles and integrity by conforming to the institution he is with.
    tragic to witness destruction of young idealism and intellectual vigour of a one who must sell out to survive..
    Principles and integrity be damned,I guess, ambition ,lust for power or downright survival ,overrides all..
    (prime example is our Home Minister himself and his back story , who may still be out in pasture if he hadnt u-turned and kissed every flesh and orifice that TDM stuck out).

    Prostitute your principles , dignity and integrity and ideals and thats the price to pay to get ahead.
    Who needs respect, when power and position is at stake?
    This dude KJ occasionally offers glimpses of the potential of his intellectual capability. but within the institution he hooked up is humanly impossible to sustain what noble lofty aspirations or ideals he may have.
    but prostitute your idealisms and you will go far.
    What a tragedy ..,
    Underneath all that mask of deceit, connivance shameless pandering and ruthless manipulating,
    Is entrapped underneath all that rubble ,
    maybe an intellect , condemned never to see the light of day ,
    but to play the Shadow Game,
    just like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave..

    Such a tragic waste of a brain..

  9. Governments need to do what is right, set the right tone, Governments need to lead by example.

    I have seen this work effectively in the US, where I lived and worked for a number of years.
    Large areas of economic activity in the US are either only lightly regulated or beyond Federal Government jurisdiction, the rest largely the domain of Local or State governments.
    Nevertheless, the Federal Government often leads by example, by means of policies and actions in areas under its budgetary or legal control.
    Be it education, energy conservation, pollution control, recycling, Equal Opportunity employment (relevant to the issue brought up here), the Federal Governmen over years has nudged the country , slowly, in a deliberate direction.

    This is where the Malaysian Government blatantly fails on the issue of Equal Opportunity employment. The Malaysian Government is frankly one of the most discriminatory employers in the country, and probably THE most , among major employers. You only need to see the mono-ethnic composition of any government department to see the proof of it.

    Most Government expenditure which is subject to open tender are advertised in the Bahasa Malaysia Mainstream Media. Most of it openly states that the only acceptable tender bidders must be from a certain ethnic group.
    Add to that major projects which are usually never advertised, instead awarded by direct negotiation ie. You Must Be a Crony.

    Two wrongs don't make a right - that is true, but Government must set the right direction, Government must lead by example, if Malaysia is to have any hope of making this right.