Tuesday, April 11, 2006

So...The blog is one year old now..haha...err.. actually its one year and 7 days...i miss it..haih...This blog original name is call JiNG's BLOG..and now it change to AccEss GranTED due to some reason...Currently..i have no time to write or to think of wat to post..so i just make few conclusion lar...THE MOST visited post is "THE BIBLE vs THE DA VINCI CODE"..it is since i publish my post at petaling street..haha.. err... nth more i think.. haha..


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I am a pensioner and have through the pre-independence period. I can safely say that our education system has been deteriorating by the days.

In the sixties, just after independence, I was taught by teachers who were mainly trained in Kirby or Brinsford. The teachers, then were knowledgeable in their subjects and the language they use was excellent. The headmaster is disciplinarian. The very sight of him would send chills down your spine.

I would also say that the standard of education was higher than the present. The numbers of students scoring distinctions in all subjects were very rare. Compare with the present system. The numbers of students achieving all 'As' in all subjects were too many to be really highlighted.

One may ask why was our education standard drifting southwards while our southern neighbour Singapore standard is sky high. Sky high to the extent foreign countries are copying their syllabi, especially in science and mathematics.

The differences in standard can be caused by a few reasons:

(1) Our education policies are formulated by politicians particularly those from Umno. Many of the so-called education 'experts' are in actual facts not.

Many of them are third graders who by virtues of the NEP, managed to scrape to the universities and graduating with a degree. How do you expect these experts to know what is required for a good education?

(2) As some one has rightly put it, it has been an unwritten rule that principals are generally malays. I do not intend to sound being discriminatory in nature, but what I am saying here is true. Many of them are not really of principal materials. The reasons are the same as one.

They are more interested in non-academic activities like religious celebrations and beautifying the school compound. As far as discipline and academic performances are concern, they are deaf or blind to it. Most probably they do not know the real functions of a principal.


We made a decision to emigrate to Australia 15 years ago deserting my high fly corporate position with our three children.

If history could turn back, we would still do the same.

It is a joke when our three children are fully qualified in their respective professions, then our Malaysia leaders only realize that "Actually English is very important in this era of globalization, let us go back to English again in our primary school for science and mathematics subjects."

It is fortunate that we had our own thinking and were able to jump out from this "black box" of trial and error type of management in practically every aspect of the government administration machinery. As a result, our children do not waste their precious years.

Our children enjoy the experience of equal opportunity not only in education but also in employment. That has a very strong impact in character development because then they believe in themselves, i.e. their own ability and equal opportunity available for personal development to the fullest extent.

And they could fight for their own rights too simply because the environment encourages them to do so, i.e. freedom to think, and freedom to express. They enjoy their work in their respective professions and they have both close Asian and Australian friends.

The Australian authority treats the problem of racial discrimination very seriously and takes action very fast. I still remember those days when my youngest son was teased by certain racial remarks by his schoolmate. My wife reported the case to the school authority and after a proper investigation, the Aussie kid was made to make a public apology to my son and was suspended a week from school attendance.

Australia herself is a country of migrants from all over the world, the Britishs, the Italians and other Europeans also never give up their citizenships although they may stay for over many many years. If they tell you to go back to China, you have equal right to tell them to go back to whatever country they come from. "Fight for your right" is the spirit.

What we are concerned is actually the management of the country. There is enough wealth to be distributed among all the people who can theoretically enjoy better education, better life and medical facility. But poor management and the evil "corruption" have eroded away what the people deserve. If people demand a change, "racialism" is always a powerful tool to protect the regime.

The Australian government extinguishes any little spark that concerns racial issue. There are strict laws and they are very good in enforcement. The two party systems ensure no one monopolizes the government. If the government is not good, people will vote it out for sure.

It is a land of plenty, and of equal opportunity for everyone. One will make his way if he is prepared to seize the opportunity and work hard for it. No one believes in "God" will give, and most believes the creation and reward from their own hands and intelligence.

Though we pay high taxes, the future is more or less ensured as in case we are sick or in difficulty, we have all the assistance from the authority. It is the right for every kid in Australia to have the opportunity to finish his tertiary education if he could make an attempt and possible financial assistance is always there.

Australia's economy is very robust now and most graduates and school leavers are doing very well. My three kids who are qualified as professionals at a very young age are doing very well. They would not have achieved that type of level if we were to remain in our country of birth. Thank God!

We face less racial discrimination in university and workplace in Australia than in our country of birth.

The ironical fact is that we are being treated more a first class citizen in our host country than in our own country.

Human rights, good administration, equal opportunity and transparency convince us that it is no point wasting our precious time in our own country.

If you really miss our own country, earn and save more money in the host country and join the shiver hair program later on. If you have the money, any country will welcome you for sure.

In general, it is an educated society. People talk not shout, and people reason not accuse and more over it is a much cleaner and more beautiful place to live. I am pleased with my decision and have no regrets at all.


The minister post is not jinxed. The fact is that whoever is put in that post will not be able to function at all from day one due to two conflicting agendas:

(1) Umno agenda - party first, malays second, churning out graduates (regardless of quality) third, and non-malays last.

(2) University agenda - enrolment via meritocracy, learning and knowledge, independent thoughts and courses, useful to society - in whatever order of priority or all equally important.

Sadly, we all know that (1) and (2) cannot co-exist. So, whoever is put in charge is bound to fail. The system is designed to ensure failure. Period.


The history books are full of lies. Not only on the contributions of other races but their content on other religions also has to be thoroughly examined.

Many a time my relatives have to de-learn their kids on the rubbish they are taught in schools. This same rubbish is then used at government seminars to belittle other religions. That is a fact. Under Pak Lah (who supports death for apostasy) - it has increased.

Anyway, Malaysia history books have always been like that - a damn joke. Academicians are too comfy in their ivory towers to butt with the racist politicians who lobbied for such appalling history re-writing.

Then again, how many academicians in Malaysia actually have that much integrity?

Like this is new! The malays are so eager to achieve their 'ketuanan' status they can do anything! Lying and falsehood is no problem as they have developed such a thick face over the years. Just living on lies and falsehood is a way of life now!

The sad part of it all is that this latest development is part of the many developments currently being practised to deny the important roles of the Chinese and Indians in the development of this country to what it is today.

It is not a coincidence that the state of development of countries around in this region is directly proportional to the percentage of Chinese populations - Thailand, Philippine, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia.

Fortunately, the non-malays here are essentially non confrontational and let it be. Only grumble here and there so long as everybody can still earn a decent living.

The bad thing is, Malaysia is not using its full potential especially in this global environment and will lose out in the future. The meritocracy is a real joke. Already as far as I know, the local Malaysian Chinese are far behind Chinese from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and now China. Very soon the malays won't have someone to rely on……….when the oil runs out.

I know because I was there when Chinese in these countries were equal in capabilities in the 70s and 80s in ICT etc. Continue neglecting the non-malays in areas of trade, education etc, will have profound implications in the years to come.

As far as I am concerned, I am already looking for overseas opportunities not local. If my money grows overseas - it is in line with the NEP. My money won't be counted so NEP can be achieved. Good for all. NEP is about percentage, not the quantum.

When globalisation comes about, I do predict that many local businesses will go global and not be limited by stupid local politics. That is when the effects of NEP will be telling on those who depended on it. Only the fittest survives.

After all why waste time here. Everything so difficult without delays and bribes. As far as I am concerned I don't give a damn about what they taught in the history books - It is not my history. I teach my children my version.

We, Chinaman come to Malaysia to make living. We work hard, work in the construction, toil in the sunlight, growing vegetables and fruits, to supply to all of Malaysians regardless of race.

Before we Chinaman come, malays don't even know how to eat vegetables. So we, Chinaman have contributed so much to Malaysia. And we are here to defend this country from rotting. Rotting because the malays are not doing anything about it, except for asking money from government.

They vote the malay government in, so that they can get job from government. Their job in government is very simple. Traveling from one state hotel to another state hotel, talk cock, smoke, sit down, enjoy hotel food, don't do anything, basically being very unproductive. And still, they are very proud of themselves.

I think the history books should dedicate 1 chapter to Yap Ah Loy, for his vision in developing Kuala Lumpur. Malays just come in to Kuala Lumpur. They didn't build Kuala Lumpur.


In this day and age, you can find answers to 80% of your questions simple by typing a few keys on your computer. Try this: Google "XXX".

NEP requires certain amount of bumis to sit on the large companies, and thus many Chinese businessmen choose to own many small companies (SMIs) instead of one large one.

It has its benefits, you pay less in taxes and you don't have to hire puppets. SMIs have their own associations, they even have a bank, where loans aren't given based on racial lines (well, at least the last I checked).

Have a vision. See beyond the past. Our handicaps, whatever it may be, are building blocks of a better future.

The term is plausible deniability. It is a tool of modern politicians that do not wish to be associated with anything that they can be blamed for.

Corruption will only make the poor poorer. It will kill hard work as money can buy one's way. I am sorry if you are holding up bad examples as a model to legitimise this evil.

All this while Mahathir did not know what the meaning of corruption is. That is why Malaysia was heavily corrupted. No wonder now I know why corruption was a pandemic like bird flu because the leader himself not very clear about it or pretend to be not clear. The latter makes more sense.

Again and again, Malaysians were taken for a ride through another issue like this in money-wasting activities just to fulfill an old man's ego.

So, we are a corrupt nation. Tell me something new. First we need to change things that happen at home, internally. The only option we have is to change the government which I hope to see before I died. I may not even live to see that because I may be dreaming.

These single-minded loggerhead top elites steered Malaysians into brick-wall. They are "killing" the burning patriotism of all Malaysians and then Mahathir and Najib went forward with the brainwashing scheme of the Malaysian youths with National Service (NS). If a simple NS will work, a fairy tale may come true.

It really shows that this Najib is "all talk but no sense". The quality of Malaysia leadership!

Najib is a mealy-mouthed liar. I am proud to be a Malaysian but if he becomes prime minister, I might chicken out and move to Singapore until we got a different one.

I am being serious. Johor, Penang and Sabah/Sarawak would've been a developed country but thanks to the formation of Malaysia, they are not.

Singapore was the only state that had balls back in those days and, Umno-led government knew it and before their ideas creep into the entire Malaysia, they were cut off.

It is a shame that it happened but at the same time you must admit they did the right choice……….malays were not ready to share power 50 years ago and I expect malays to feel the same for another 50 years.

All I want to say is that - sometimes, it does not matter that any one race is lacking, because we are all Malaysians. If we are not good at one thing, there ill always be people to help. Pride should not be a factor. That is one of the main reasons that I feel its causing discord among races these days.

Just try to imagine yourself being denied a chance because of race, because of the pride someone. It hurts and in the long run, it will make you do the same. This will be passed down to your children and they will pass it down to theirs. Imagine a country with everyone having a grudge against everyone.

This is 21st century and liberal democratic value must be the sole criteria, if not the most acceptable form of system, introduced and promoted to a nation-state with diverse people.

Malaysians must do something and not take the crap anymore - affirmative action is the name of the game! Stop this habit and you can slowly bring Umno racist terrorists down. We must learn to insult Umno or Umno will insult your intelligence!


I hate to say that the way this Malaysia country is moving, it will become another Argentina or Venezuela. There will be a very clear class distinction of the rich and poor, of well educated and not so well educated.

Argentina used to be the top 10 nations in the early 20th centuries. Their elitist government focuses only on higher education and neglected the lower level education.

Whereas Japan, Korea and Taiwan came out from the bottom by emphasising education from ground up.

While we are arguing how to set the quota for bumis and non-bumis in our higher institution, our kids at primary and secondary are rotting away providing poor intake to the tertiary level.

Our public institutions of higher learning suffer from a policy which sets different pre-university standards for the different communities, effectively continuing the old quota system.

Public funds, most of which have been contributed by taxpayers, mainly by Chinese businesses and individuals, should therefore not be used without re-thinking about the approach. I recommend a more performance-based or incentive type system.

There are various ways of helping the malays. The present approaches which have been used since 1970s have proven to be dysfunctional and wasteful.

How about self-help? The malays must learn to stand on their own feet, the sooner the better. Why not use that Singapore which allows the community to develop itself with matching financial help from the government?

In this way, malay dignity and self-esteem can be restored. Over-dependence on a government has actually weakened the malays.

The real objective should have been to improve the capability and capacity of the malays to participate in the economy.

Yet, at the same time, no one should be blind to the failures and abuse of the NEP.

A culture of dependence and subsidy has fostered a continuous belief that malays can only survive in an increasingly challenging world by government handouts and preference.

Those in the majority should take into consideration the interests of the minority for a harmonious atmosphere to prevail.

I believe the majority of the malays in this country is also embarrassed by the current situation and wish to put in place some remedies for the aggrieved minority. This would work towards a truly harmonious multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious Malaysian community.

The country needs to move forward. At the moment, beneath the issue of improving the fortunes of the malays, a lot of abuse has been committed by a small group of elites while the real capability of ordinary Malaysians have been largely ignored.

But the failure of the status quo will be borne by all Malaysians.


All governments cover up their mistakes and control and manipulate information to their advantage to influence the people to stay in power. The question is to what degree.

In most western countries, where there are freedom of speech, press and information, the governments are not able to grossly pervert, manipulate, control and abuse the information.

Media are not control by the governments and their responsibility is to present the absolute truth to the people.

It is important the people demanded their basic rights to factual and quality information to make their opinions, and the government recognise the important to disclose accurate, factual and timely information to the people.

Malaysia like other developing countries, have a long way to go and their past records in this area is not good.

The equation of power is always looking at Umno first before reshuffle or recycle the cabinet. Country comes second.

This was the mantra in Malaysia since Mahathir time and it not surprising if one also think so. In Malaysia, the line was blurred between Umno and Malaysia. Though we may not like it and by right the ministers must be neutral, in fact this will take place every now and then.

We can comment but "fourth class mentality" will ultimately prevail in most of the Umno ministers. They treat the country like Umno. More and more spin-ministers will follow the footstep.

This is a government by Umno, for Umno and of Umno.

I don't think we should take these jokers seriously - except when they try to steal in broad daylight. Just make sure we all prepare well for the next election and find a way to put the truth to the people despite the wool that these people try to pull over our eyes.


The medical profession is not the only one facing the 'brain drain' syndrome. I have friends and ex-colleagues who have joined me in leaving the teaching profession.

Most of us left not because we are unpatriotic. When we signed up to become teachers, we were full of zest to serve the nation's future generation.

Year in and year out, we churned out some of the most brilliant students who later became prominent people in our society. The rot started to set in when some of these educators decided to mix education with politics.

Promotions are granted based on who one knew (chances are even better if one became a member of a political party within BN), not what one has contributed to society on the whole. Sadly, this I believe is practised throughout all government sectors.

Some of us, like myself, left because of the unappreciative environment that we have been put through.

Imagine being labeled as racists by a bunch of primary students who couldn't even construct a simple sentence in English. They could only have learned this from their parents, or village elders who unfortunately, until this day, harbours ill feelings towards other races.

Imagine getting incredulous quotations for simple renovations of the school buildings and eventually approved by someone from the district education office.

Imagine the amount of taxpayers money spent on providing unnecessary courses, training and workshops of which the knowledge gained is not used at all. Millions of taxpayers money down the drain and some into someone's pocket. Need I elaborate more?

It is been 13 years since I left the profession and I must say I have no regrets. I am sure there are thousands more ex-teachers out there who share the same sentiments. It is time the government takes a hard look at the plight of the teachers before thousands more decide to hang up their gloves and call it quits.

Politics and education do not mix well; and corruption (not money) is the root of all evils.


You malays are very insecure……….very insecure.

Where is malays came from originally, could anyone remember? Correct me if I am wrong. Old malays are originally came from south China, the province now called Yunnan in China. Also merge from Sumatra, Jawa, Aceh, etc.

They are not bumis of Malaysia but immigrants like the others, only difference they came earlier. True bumis of the land are the Orang Asli.

Anyway you malays can't deny that others beside your "people" contributed to the development of this country. Calling others to stop complain also denied their rights as Malaysian citizens.

Or are you thinking that you are far more superior that this type of treatment is fair to us? The real fact is we never wished to be born here, it is unfortunate living in Malaysia and having people like you telling us that we are immigrants and have no rights in this country.

Now the question is why we need to defend this country if it is not our own? You think we are your slaves? Defend a country which we are treated as second class citizens? Is that what you are implying? Does that ring your bell why non-malays preferred not to join the armed forces?

The Portuguese, the Malays, the Japanese, the Indians, the Chinese, the British, the Arabs, had come and some had gone.

Don't blame others if you want to remain sleeping in the jungle. If not for these immigrants, Malaysia would still remain in the era of the cavemen. Cry your heart out, man!

I have no quarrel with one in this round. I agree with wholeheartedly that the history on Chin Peng is not only scanty but biased and one-sided.

For all his faults, Chin Peng was a true nationalist. He thought Malayan rather than Malay, Indian or Chinese, or in my case, Eurasian.

However he used the wrong approach, i.e. communism in his attempt to unite the country. The British were able to foil his fight for independence for the country by playing the divide and rule card, showing his move as a Chinese one and against the malays.

Umno copied the British tactic of divide and rule which has continued to this day and is the basis of the BN power structure.

But as I explained in that posting, what the retarded fellows are doing is futile, as no one can really distort history and remain credible for long.

If the overwhelming might of the western media cannot hide their past massive slaughter of third world peoples, what can these pathetic morons do? Especially with the birth of the Internet and the increasing ability of people to reason out things?

Indeed, any student who takes a peep into such "history" will no doubt laugh his head off, and I am not talking about five years old. You might say, then why did the minister says the book is based on facts? Answer: what else can he say?

I am certain that the moment the book was written, the writers themselves already knew they were lying. Such is the insistent power of truth.

It is pretty disheartening to see contributions from the non-malays belittled. Look at the sports, economics, arts etc - non-malays contributions are often neglected. See Tan Sri Robert Kouk, Sir Jimmy Choo, Datuk Michelle Yeoh, etc - the world recognise them.

Patriotism comes form a sense of identity and belonging to the country. Their fundamental role in achieving the independence, the development of Malaysia today, are often overlooked.

Furthermore, they are disadvantaged in everything which requires government intervention. Ethno schools, education grants, buying of houses, businesses, etc.

We have more Indonesians receiving PR status as oppose to other races. The world golf champion Vijay Singh ironically was denied PR status.

Malaysia has only a population of above 23 million people. Shanghai in itself is almost equivalent to the whole of Malaysia inhabitants. Are we to focus on which race is the "Jaguh Kampung" to the detriment of the whole of Malaysia while other nations are competing against nations?

Rules, policies, laws etc - to hamper the progress of other races for the benefit of one cannot be applied internationally.

People say the "history is written by those who win the war" in this case Malaysia history - kids today are not stupid as we think, there is this funny thing called the Internet, just type "malay" - you will be able to find out were the malay people came from and how there are related to other races in the world which includes Indian and Chinese civilization.

Indians were here long before any malays were in this land, for a fact - Chadi in Kedah was build by Indian civilisation, no in-depth researches was ever done on this place, on the site - I wonder why?

Malay, Indian or Chinese, what we need to focus is how to be come like other develop country. Peace……….


I agree with that no amount of National Service can instill love for this Malaysia nation if our government still practises racial discrimination in its other policies. That is why I am never a true believer that National Service is working.

My siblings all did well and went overseas on scholarship offered by foreign governments and agencies to do their postgraduate studies. All you can do is to encourage one to do well in university and that - there is hope over that rainbow.

I symphatise with the situation your children is in. I myself was a product of that wonderful education system. I have seen my poorer result friends entering university while I was rejected. Many of us were left out even though we had much better results.

I am lucky that I made a decision to journey down south to our neighbouring country who has given me a good education and working life. The government has failed to see that the policy has caused much brain drain within the country.

Many top level executives and government officials in this little country down south were from Malaysia and some are still Malaysians. Ask them to go back to serve the country, but many will think twice.

Why? Mainly because we know that we will be there just as puppets while some handicap will be paid a big fat salary to take credit of all the decisions made.

I regret to say that due to the "special treatment" given to these handicapped (really), we are seeing the fallout in our country. I cringe at the level of English spoken back home and the fact that the handicaps, even with "special treatment" are not moving ahead in life without the constant support of the government.

It seems that they are just looking for more and more handouts. It is a sad but true fact, unfortunately the government policy still stands.

God will be and is faithful and he will provide. This is all I can help you encourage your children. Best wishes.


It is undeniable that malays are stupid, lazy and incapable. Why don't they just humbly admit the facts and repent and learn from other races especially Chinese?

What is the point to argue here and wasting time again?

From the first onwards we were merely telling the truths. It wasn't us who think that way but their own Pak Lah as well.

All malays should go and read the newspaper, even Pak Lah is ashamed of maintaining the NEP after 34 years of implementing it and these malay baboons are still asking for it.

Even Pak Lah wanted them to compete on a level playing field.

So what does all these tell the world? It sends a very clear message that it is malays themselves who are incapable and lazy and they don't even want to admit it and make a change!

That is the biggest shame of all.

Can't you see, it is all back to square one. Year in, year out, some talk for half an hour, some one, some two. Some sing, many belt out their most recent released 'pantun'.

After all. Malays are good at that. Suggestions after suggestions, some good, some impossible to realize.

But, do you see any of these materialised? Hardly. Why, why and why???

Because the malays can never change. Never! Why?

The leaders forgot or were it they simply didn't want to admit and address that the actual disease is the malays and the remedy itself is also, the malays. They can never change. What is it about the malays?

Firstly as you all know, they are a lazy species. Since the beginning of time they have been like that. Even the encyclopedia called them as lazy people. I think those British with their accent tried to call them 'malas', and if you put 'y' in, it becomes 'malays'.

Embracing Islam make them a worse lot. Now they have a license to kill anything that gets into their way.

Malays are ungrateful lot. In reality, they just can't live or open their minds for others. When Mahathir said that they are complacent, they put him in jail. When Mahathir encouraged them to learn English language, they got angry with him, saying it is a 'bahasa penjajah'.

When other races 'maju', they got angry with them too. That was why at the end of Mahathir his regime, he said this, "I have achieved greatness as a prime minister, but I only fail in one thing, changing the malays."

Well, nothing to be surprised about anyway since Mahathir is not really a malay, and I guess that was why the malays were angry with him.

Drug abuse, hate, incest, liberal extremism (culture of miniskirts and gay marriages), murder, racism, rape, religious fanaticism, parochialism, snatch theft, spoilt-bratty behavior, tribalism, wife abuse, child abuse, all that is associated with the malay race.

To them, malay is the biggest impediment towards building a truly Malaysian nation, and should be chucked into the dustbins of history.

A genetically flawed race cannot be fixed by politically. Nature will take its course and globalization will put them out to pasture.

What have we got now?

Brain drain, economic disparity getting wider, poor education system, racial segregation, widespread corruption, inefficiency and uncompetitive on the government departments and others.

Sad. Sad. Sad. The question asked by many of my fellow Chinese is this - Why can't you just tell the malay peoples to adopt Chinese culture which is superior?

From research, this peninsular was part of the Siamese empire way before these malays from Indonesia invaded it.

Still so thick skin, don't want to go back to Indonesia!


Alas, what we have in Malaysia is political interference in the education system. Unless we remove this interference, no improvement is likely to happen. Government should only provide the legal framework and the means for educationists/professionals to plan and implement the system.

The aim of the first phase of the NEP is to fill up all such positions with malays who are inept, ill qualified or under qualified to handle the responsibilities that come with their positions, and so that people like you will be so frustrated and pissed that they would bundle up and get the hell out!

I think the 'reformers' should be reformed before we could think about reforming the system. They all should be sent to re-education camps for an indefinite period until they are reformed.

They must be made to understand the importance of nation building in the world - nation building through education. It is time to re-examine the national curriculum and see how it meets today's requirement.

Education is not something new that much have not be known. To have a quality educational institution, we must allow the educationist/professionals to plan and implement the system. Allow some healthy competition and the system would maintain its standard.

The private education system would serve as a model if the government is really honest with itself that there is no political agenda for being so closely involved in educational issues as it at present.

We do not need a crystal ball to see that. Have we forgotten the strength and spirit with which we won our independence - the Malaysian way, with all the races standing united and showing the colonialists that we were a force to be reckoned!

Perhaps, not only Singapore but other countries too will be envious of our position. Otherwise, you will end up as cannon fodder.

Of course, I am as angry as you are and as hurt as you are. For me to call this country as home but being treated like a degraded human being where opportunities are accorded and denied along racial lines can never be of comfort to us.

It is as degrading and demeaning but that is an issue we have to struggle or even fight for. And I have to admit that the ruling elite has become very greedy and selfish. When I mean the ruling elite, it includes Chinese and Indians too unless you are going to deny that Chinese and Indian ruling elite cannot be placed in the same category as their malay counterparts. The only difference is in the numbers.

I have many friends - Chinese, Indians and Malays who struggle to make ends meet. There is no need to rub salt into their wounds.

I think better change ourselves first……….too much to hope for the institutions and society to change and even if institutions and society do change - the change may not be to our liking.

God gives each man and woman the will and power to change themselves for the better.

Of certain, if you can create a critical mass beyond a certain threshold then you can change institutions and society, and the country.

Do I see a better Malaysia in the future? No, I am not sure. May be we can be rhetoric about it, but as long we as a nation, go on squabbling along racial and religious lines, we are doomed.

I left the country when I felt that there was no future for me and my family, and now I no longer felt oppressed or deprived of my rights. The world is a wide-open space. Go where you are appreciated. Why keep poisoning yourself drinking from the poisoned well?

I know of others who have made it on their own. Half of my classmates made similar decisions and after almost 30 years, we still keep in touch through phones and emails. Often times we fondly remember the good times we had as a group and nobody gives a hoot about our different races. How times have changed.