In a series of recent events, there is a clear sign that the points of the spears seemed to be all directed at the ethnic Chinese. From Khairy Jamaluddin's unscrupulous remark that the Chinese are political opportunists to recent incident where the Higher Education Deputy Minister Ong Tee Kiat was reprimanded by his superior for nothing, it is evidenced that the Chinese are being lambasted by their fellow countrymen.
I feel that the Malay sentiment towards the Chinese has turned very bad recently, in particular after the sudden rise of the chief of Umno Youth and his deputy. The sad thing is that the prime minister has not done very much to address this issues when the Chinese protest.
Instead, it is an unspoken fact that the Chinese must always 'be sensitive' of the feelings of their partner, the ethnic Malays, when making comments on any event even though what they say is the undisputable truth. But on the other hand, do the Malays ever concern themselves with how the Chinese feel about remarks made by them?
The Chinese have been consistently and deeply hurt by the remarks made by their partners, for example, in being labeled as political opportunists based on unfounded facts, the policy on the cessation of construction of Chinese schools and the unjustified reprimand of Ong Tee Kiat by the education minister.
I remember 20 years ago, Malaysia's racial issues was one of the main obstacles to the nation's development. Today, the nation is still arguing over the same issues and I believe 20 years later, the same issues will still be there.
Like many citizens from the developed nations, Malaysians feel that the only way to bring the country to the next level is to secure the best talent to lead, to make fine and fair policies and to set the most effective strategies for the nation to move ahead as well as not forgetting to lend a helping hand to the poor.
Sadly, the country has not been in good hands in the past and that's why the best talent has not been recognised. The effect of this unfair treatment between the bumiputera and non-bumiputera and the on-going suppression of Chinese talent has caused a brain drain and resulted in an enormous number of talented and highly-educated Chinese and Indian Malaysians being forced to look for opportunities elsewhere.
I shall not delve further into the remarks made by the Singapore Mentor Minister Lee Kuan Yew as a lot of people out there have already given him the credit he deserves. Please ask the Malays in Singapore and find out if they have the same dissenting views against their government.
The question to ask our government is, are you willing to face the brutal facts or just want to sweep everything against your wishes under the carpet?