Any Truth To Kuan Yew's "Malaysian Chinese Marginalised" Statement?
If truth be told, the process of 'unintended' marginalisation began in the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 riots. If the Malaysian Chinese are not marginalised as the Malay leaders contend, then it is not because there were no unjust policies in place which were vigorously implemented. The enthusiasm and eagerness with which these unfair policies were enforced and executed would definitely have led to serious marginalisation of a less resilient community. The Malaysian Indians are a good example of such a group who have suffered badly and are recognised even by the government as being increasingly marginalised and in need of official help.
But our leaders feel hurt about such 'naughty' accusations as DPM Najib put it. In fact Najib said "the government had never adopted a policy which aimed at hindering the progress of the non-Bumiputeras as all it wanted was nothing but fairness and equal distribution of wealth for all races." (Of course he doesn't believe what he is preaching and neither do we.)
If the Chinese have not been marginalised, unlike the Indians, it is not because of the benevolence of the government towards them. It is in spite of every policy and hurdle placed in their path. What has to be configured now is where the Chinese would be today if unfair government policies were never implemented. They would probably be several score notches higher in any socio-economic indicator or index.
The reality is that the Chinese have resisted and fought back against marginalisation with a high degree of success because of the resilience, inner strengths, talents and genius of their community in Malaysia. It is not my intention to angkat them for I have nothing to gain by it. I am merely stating what I believe are facts.
So if the government does not agree with Lee Kuan Yew or feels slighted by his statements, go ahead and object and deny that the Chinese are truly or systematically marginalised. But please oh please don't take any credit for it; that you don't deserve. Only the Chinese should take pride and all the credit for stoutly defending their place in the Malaysian sun.