While I agree in principle with Mr Truth and his letter, he should refrain from distorting certain facts and comparing racism and discrimination in Malaysia with that of the West.
I do not believe the Chinese Malaysian population has 'plummeted.' It was 33 per cent in our statistics books for some time because the Chinese Singapore population was included and not deleted, no thanks to the lazy bureaucracy.
The use of Malay is in no way an injustice to Chinese and Indians because Malay is the true national language of Malaysia and the lingua franca of Southeast Asia. English is still used and the present PM is all out to increase the standard of English in the country which his predecessor brought to an all time low.
While Malays are favoured by the government over Chinese and Indians, we must also remember that there are many Malays who are not aided by the government because of their support for opposition parties. It was Semangat '46 in the second half of the 1980s, then Keadilan in the second half of the 1990s. PAS states have never been given sufficient aid.
And some Chinese and Indians have also become filthy rich due to collusion with Malay elites. These individuals include Ananda Krishnan, Eric Chia, Vincent Tan and Arumugam Pillai.
There is indeed racial discrimination in Malaysia but why I say we cannot compare it with the West is because the discrimination is carried out by the native elite as opposed to a colonising migrant race.
In the case of the USA and Canada, migrant British and French in Canada and the migrant British in the USA bullied the Red Indians and the Negro slave descendants (in the case of the USA) for ages.
The Malays are the indigenous people of Malaysia, thus the eldest brother in the family of Bangsa Malaysia which the present prime minister upholds. The Chinese and Indians came to Malaysia after the Malays founded this country.
The oft-repeated tale that the Malays came from Indonesia (which even Mahathir said aloud when interviewed on TVRI Indonesia after the Malays voted for PAS) is a big fat myth.
Indonesia as we know it today, is but an extension of Malaysia's past political entity namely the Malay empires of Srivijaya (based in Klang and Palembang), Malacca, and Pahang-Johor-Riau.
It grew out of the Dutch zone of the Malay empire of Pahang-Johor-Riau in 1824 when colonialism created a vast Dutch empire in the Far East.
The Dutch zone called Dutch East Indies chose to go it alone on August 17, 1945 as the republic of Indonesia.