Zahara Abdullah: No Riots Until PAP Came to Power

(Excerpt from an article by Zahara bdullah, Temasek review Emeritus “There were no racial riots until PAP comes to power” 4 Feb 2011)

February 4th, 2011 | Author: Contributions

As much as finger pointing Lee Kuan Yew may want to do at Muslims and Islam in Singagpore, he probably need to first remember that Singapore never saw race riots until he and his party came to power. Singapore’s multiracial history started even before the arrival of Raffles, though hardly mentioned by nationalised history textbooks. Then again since 1819 for the next 155 years there were not a single racial riot. Even the Nadra riots of 1950s was a spillover of the resentment against colonial British.

Between the Malays and Chinese, from the early mass arrival in 1819 to post world war 2 era, there were not a single incident of racial riot. PAP may blame the Malaysians for the 1964 race riot. However that was a period PAP had full control of Singapore after 5 years of being elected into government. PAP had full knowledge of sentiments between the ethnic groups through its intelligence agency ISD.

As much as PAP may want to blame a Muslim procession for the 1964 race riot, they must understand that that claim is pure rhetoric. The Muslim procession had been held in Singapore for more than 100 years annually before 1964. Had there been such animosity, there must have been at least one race riot prior to that.

Since coming to power in 1959, PAP had been propping up the race debate for the next few years. Then Lee Kuan Yew aggressively pushed for a merger with Malaysia against the willingness of the common folks and his rivals in his own party who later formed Barisan Socialis. During the years of merger, he was constantly confronting Malaysia on the race topic. By 1964 race became a tense issue between Malays and Chinese. The procession was just a flashpoint for what was a brewing animosity over the previous five years.

Then again it was a strange racial violence. Malays and Chinese clashed only between those of different kampongs while protecting those from their own kampongs. The animosity was between Malays and Chinese from different kampungs while there was great friendship between Malays and Chinese from the same kampungs.

It is not a surprise that PAP has always employed the race topic during or just before almost each election. With the election looming, we once again a racially insensitive remark from the PAP heavyweight.

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Zahara Abdullah

 

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  • Famous YPAP GAY:

February 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Muslim Brothers n Sisters, Cast PAP out. Vote for OPPOSITIONs. Do not let this RACIST fart LEE n Cancer LEE continue to rule Singapore.

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  • mrk:

February 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Source please?

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  • When We Are United, We Will Never Be Defeated!!!:

February 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

When an opposition member makes a remark on race, religion, and language, he will be branded a Malay Ultra or a Chinese Chauvinist and will be hauled up by the ISD. But when this iritating old despot tyrant makes a contentious sensitive remarks on a particular minority race, his running dogs and prostitues in the Press praised him for his wisdom and remarkable foresight. Bloody Bollocks!!! Where the hell is MUIS? Where the hell is the Mufti? Why is the new Mufti as meek and quiet like a kitten when during the Mas Selamat saga, the new Mufti was one of the first Muslim leader from the Malay Muslim community to opened his big mouth and say that its wrong for the family of Mas Selamat to harbour and give him shelter and assistance to escape from Spore. This Mufti clown is indeed a proven shameless puppet of the regime who will be willing bend his arse to the PAP.

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  • Francis:

February 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

PAP is trying to play an old game in an new era or rather LKY is trying to do that.

However, previously people depended on hearsay and propaganda from the mass media. Today it is different, we have the new media where people connects and information is fed almost instantaneously.

If 40 years of educating people does not make a difference between the kampong days and today’s “first world country”, I believe the entire system would have failed.

I think we are more united as Singaporeans rather than fighting our own among different races. We have lived so closed together and there is no differentiation of races, tolerance of each races’ rituals/ceremonials is what we have built upon and no senile man is going to destroy that.

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  • TROUBLE IN PARADISE:

February 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

What advantage is there for a minority race to stir trouble. Problems will only come from, either , a majority race, who find it safe to do so, or politicians, seeking to cause trouble for political gains. The Malays are dispriviledged but they take it in their strides. They make do with what comes their way. Very graceful of them. I guess this isn’t enough for some people. They need to stir the pot. After all, Singapore is a controlled society. They reckon they can cause trouble and manage the situation. Its worth the risk ,after all, rather than lose power.

In the age of internet, Singaporeans are finding that they are able to express themselves and communicate with one another, without going thru the media, which is govt controlled. This is an opportunity for Singaporeans, to express what they feel, about this situation, in order to discourge mayhem and trouble. Its an opportunity for Singaporeans to discourage either thugs or the govt from going into this direction. Because of the internet, all Singaporeans can reach out and reassure one another and let the troublesome elements within society, know, that we are aware of their plots and that we will hold them responsible.

TR, is creating history for Singaporeans. It is allowing the means of expression and the opportunity to reach out. I have noticed, many like minded souls interacting and encouraging one another on. There are the racists and the PAP internet brigade attempting to sway people, but their ploys are easily spotted, and credit to the many Singaporeans, who are not incited by the calls of clannish sentiments, by the racists and the internet brigade.

TR also allows the international community to know what is actually happening in the country. This serves as a discouragement to racism and attempts to create trouble. The international commuunity has a certain respect for Singapore and Singaporeans and this unwarrented attack on the Malay community will be exposed for all to see. TR can serve as a protector for the rights and safety of the minority communities in situations like these.

I dont know who u guys in TR are, but i just want to thank u all for being around and providng this relevant platform for Singaporeans. RESPECT for what u guys have done. Legendary. Keep safe.

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  • Solo Bear:

February 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Here’s a history of riots in Singapore. Only two of the six major riots were we ever had are race riots.

History of Riots in Singapore – LKY’s racist version has to be stopped
http://wherebearsroamfree.blogspot.com/2011/01/history-of-riots-in-singapore-lkys.html

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  • sinazen:

February 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

may I point out that there was no colour TV till after PAP came to power? so I guess LKY can take credit for colour TV?

come to think of it, there was no birdflu/aids/Iraqi weapons of mass destruction till communists came to power in China; so I guess…

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  • Defennder:

February 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

This was the one of costs of the failed merger which the early PAP under LKY tried to force on its people, and which Barisan Sosialis opposed vigorously. In

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  • timing is important:

February 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

great timing.

so you think the cabinet does not know the contents of the LKY book until it got published. and that they are suddenly shocked and dissociate themselves from the comment.

so who is the best actor?

1) distract attention from more pressing topics by creating / rehashing the old topic of race. (thoughout it all, do not mention that we only import the Malayopolinesian stock in the form of Pinoys, we do not really import Malaysians/Indonesians – because this would remind people that the pressing topic is Immigration, not race)

2) do it just before the elections.

3) create a furore to sufficiently capture attention

4) come to the rescue showing that you need an effective and strong government to keep the fragile peace in racial Southeast Asia, therefore the incumbent government can NOT go or all your investments will go down the drain together with it.

Threaten instability to retain control whilst distracting everyone.

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  • Minorities:

February 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Zahara Abdullah,

“Since coming to power in 1959, PAP had been propping up the race debate for the next few years.”

If the blacks in America want their freedom so do the non-Muslim Indians and Chinese. You speak like Mamakthir on Malay Supremacy (Kekuatan Melayu) i.e. accept the second class situation in Malaysia or face the consequences. Please the world doesn’t share your Aparthied style (Bumi vs non-Bumi dichotomy), anywore today, however subtle.

Remember the Home Affairs Minister, Hishamuddin (mind you a Turk!), went on TV showing the kris (dagger) to show to the minorities to submit to Kekuatan Melayu.

I believe all the minorities want in the world is nothing less than how the minorities are being treated in Singapore. I really wouldn’t mind being a minority in Singapore and ever wanting to migrate elsewhere like the others from Malaysia. That’s why today we literally have millions (floodgates open) of non-Chinese waiting to come in and become citizens. Check it out.

Check this out – written by one Malaysian intellectual Howi Pillai –
http://english.cpiasia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1926:what-more-do-we-want-from-the-chinese-&catid=219:contributors&Itemid=171

Just a few days ago Mamakthir ((Indian Muslim) held a closed door session with the Malay NGOs to again impress upon the Muslims that Malaysia belong to the Malays (not to the Orang Asli or all citizens).

Surely Zahara ‘Abdullah’ (another convert?) you don’t pretend or even bluff the average-minded that minorites would be treated fairly. Given that with a smaller pie the leftover becomes crumps for the minorites (if you understood Economics).

Put it simply if we wish just to have and see duds in high positions (not merit) you are lucky the company survives let alone having spin-offs downstream, if not more takes along the way. Right?

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  • No to Tyrants:

February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm

As a man nearing 100 years of age, LKY should have shut his mouth and live peacefully — rather than spewing nonsense and inciting racial issues right before the election.

What he is doing may be illegal.

In any event, he should just shut up.

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  • WANTED TO BE PM OF MALAYSIA! ! !:

February 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm

It was very obvious to those political observers like myself at that time. LKY was hatching his secret plan to rule the whole of Malaysia before Malaysia was formed. He began to claim that Singapore could not survive without the merger with Malaya. Of course, being a lawyer, he came out with all sorts of reason to substantiate his claim to “con” the people into his idea.

Knowing well that the population at that time was mainly either uneducated or with low education levels, he then he came up with a referendum with 3 choices for S’poreans to vote for. ALL 3 choices were worded in 3 different ways which came to the SAME CHOICE for merger. That is how “clever” he was as a lawyer! What INTEGRITY? What HONESTY? which he claims so much to have possessed by the PAP and himself? The fact that such claim of his is in itself BLATANT DISHONESTY!

Not long after merger and Malaysia was formed, in the Federal Parliament, he began playing the race card. He repeatedly challenged the Tunku and Tun Razak on the issues of “indigenous” people and “special privileges” for the Malays.

He came up with a breakdown of the entire population in Malaysia in the form of percentages of the various races and claimed that Malays were NOT the indigenous people of Malaysia. The indigenous people were those dayaks, kandasans, karens, etc. Thus, Malays and Chinese should be granted equal rights to be PM of Malaysia. It was abundantly clear the race card was in full bloom.

He was aggressively forging ahead with this his idea at every sitting of parliament in KL. It went on for a long time. Tension was very, very high in the whole atmosphere which resulted in the racial riot.

After so many lives were lost by his doing, he still enjoys playing the race card. He has thus, exhibited very clearly “it does not matter” a bit to him no matter how many S’poreans are killed. So long as he gets the benefits of his achievement.

REMEMBER & THINK:

“There will be bloodshed” if JBJ won the election – LKY’s threat when JBJ had overwhelming support before an election.

“The military will be brought in” – LKY’s threat in recent election.

Now, who is promoting violence???

What has happened to that ISA???

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  • Hellcat:

February 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

It is a face that Chinese and Malays hack each other to death in the 60s, There are also heroic Chinese and Malay Families that shelter each other to protect them from harm.

So never see everything in a broad stroke the way LKY want us to.

Let us not forget what happen both Good and Bad, also why it happen.

So that we learn from it and not let any individual, group or political party play the racial card against our community.

Whoever try that, must the the condemnation and sanction from all Singaporeans, irregardless of our race or religion background.

Only then, we can proudly say we are one Singapore.

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  • Wayang Wayang:

February 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

how can there be racial riot before the pap come into power, during the ming dynasty, zhen he have come to this part of the earth and bring along inter-racial marriage, malay adopting chinese practise culture and so do chinese adopting malay practise culture. then one might ask what went wrong?

well, the emperor start to be greedy and thing start changing, commoner are discriminated and oppressed, we commoner are oppressed for too long, they will look for any chance to let out their anger, frustration, etc, etc. so there you go, any form of riot can be start will just a minute spark.

i guess in the present day, that stress in not up to that limit yet, but when it does, all hell will break lose if the old man still living in his ivory tower.

whatever will be will be, when the time is right, the situation/condition is right and the right people come into light, every will change. why wait long, the time is now, the situation is right and we do have the right people.

vote for change vote out the pap.
happy chinese new year to all.

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  • DEEP THROAT 2:

February 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

We were the one of the few who had TV Sets, back than in the kampong.

The TV brand was “SETRON: very popular then.

Saturdays are days for TV, as most were schooling or working during the weekdays.

It is an open house whoever has TV, on Saturdays and Sundays.

Closest neighbours whether chinese, indian or malays, were all welcome.

No racial discrimination most were children growing up , later years were inter married, too!

So what is the problem!

LKY, AND PAPIES are the PROBLEM!

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  • SPERM:

February 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm

We must also remember the past like, how when the Japanese occupied Singaporeans and the Singaporeans took up positions to serve under the japanese.

We all must learn to prevent such things from happening as we have seen in the past, where MM Lee worked for the japanese invaders, that is why we need to vote for opposition!

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  • ChHigh:

February 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

The best part is nobody want to talk about the Isreali/Palestinian issue, instead everyone is focussed on the war on Terrorism, a term coined by BUSH!
How is S’pore involved in this, being a middle-east issue! We are only a small dot in the far-east, in no way comparable to Aus/NZ, Japan, SKorea!
How is it that the ISA becomes applicable in this so-called Terrorism War, basically an Isreali/Palestinian war!
The problem is no one DARE to talk on this, not even the Malay PAP members and the Sh Times!

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  • Raj:

February 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Who knows may be he purposely started it and pretend that he do not know anything about the riot,this pap style of government have always the way out,such evil elites

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  • charles2011:

February 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

THANK YOU ZAHARA A THOUSAND TIMES. MANY TIMES I SAY TO PAP CRITICS AND THEY SEEMED UNSURE. IT IS TRUE. EVIDENCE IS IN THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE 60S AND INCLUDING UTUSAN MELAYU, PAP NEWSPAPER AKA THE MIRROR.
THIS I HOPE PUTS THE LONEST NAIL INTO KY COFFIN.

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  • Lioness Phua:

February 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

There was and is never ever racials and riots problem since the day Singapore was founded until PAP LKY=+++=LAU KO YOK=+++=LAU KA YIU took office.

SM LEE LIAR KIAH SUE
Blaming racial problem at the MALAYU
PAP is PING AND PONG
All the Malays say TOLONG
PAP is POISON and PARIAH
All the Chinesees say Mia Seh KIA
PAP is PAIN and PAY
All the Hindus say no WAY
PAP is PENALTY and PRISON
All the Englishs say CRUELSOM
PAP is PIGGIES and PAPPIES
All the Jews say SLAVES FREE

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen Dictator is gone
Singapore Dynasty LKY+LHL-LIAR HOW LONG

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  • TGH:

February 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

This article shouldn’t have been published in the first place. Religion is a sensitive issue and should be avoided for such open discussion. Yes, LKY has broken the rule, but that’s his fault. We shouldn’t follow his footsteps.

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  • Singaputra:

February 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

To Zahara,

There is much truth – hard truth – in what you are saying. I am sure historians will take another look at the events after the PAP passes on.

LKY had said that multi-racialism in Singapore was “progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came”. He also seemed to have blamed the Arabs. Actually the Arabs make up less than a quarter of the Muslim population today. And not all Arabs are Muslims.

It can also be said the multi racialism was already very much in existence before a young brash upstart of lawyer from Cambridge came into the scene. Because then he needed the support of the Malays he insidiously hid his racist tendencies.

He thus succeeded in winning the trust of people like Mohd Awang, Hj Yaacob, Rahmat Kenap, Ariff Suradi and the rest. Even Samad Ismail whom he screwed up in later years believed in him and joined him in founding the PAP.

But it did not take him too long to show his true self. His politics has always been on race. His contempt for the Malays is well known. The rest is history.

While Singaporeans struggle hard to build a Singaporean identity – one nation, one people, one Singapore – he by and by scuttle the efforts by throwing a spanner in the works. This he does just to perpetuate the PAP’s rule. He cannot afford to see the PAP fall as there are too many skeletons in the cupboard.

Singaporeans beware. Act as a nation – not as Chinese, Indians or Malays.

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  • …..:

February 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

aaaaaattttttttt

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  • I worship MM Lee:

February 4, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Shows how much the malays are willing to “co-operate” with the PAP and the Chinese. They offer their backsides to the British, but when a chinese becomes a leader, they start riots.

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  • Polar Bear:

February 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm

PAP love to place race
Similar to UMNO’s taste
Adhering divide and rule as policy all the way
That’s how both parties can stay in power till today

At first, both this method works in a fast pace
However, people are getting smarter day after day
All these tactics are starting to fade
Nobody believes what they says

There are good relationships between Indian, Chinese and Malay
We understand each other like roommates
We work together as we may
We watch each other’s back so that these assholes cannot play

These assholes are using the people as playmate
They think that we are idiots that can easily sway
Using this tactics to spread hate
Now the time has come for them to pay

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  • DIRTY HARRY:

February 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

LKY is a coward. Sensing that Spore is surrounded by Malays, he decided to choose Indians as his partner. So until today, by supporting Indians and making them his partners, he deprived the Malays of real opportunities. He also go to a further extent by engaging non Malay Muslims holding good positions. Look around you….Yaacob Ibrahim, Zainal Abidin, ex Mufti, MUIS President, the current Muslim General in the SAF. We know whats in LKY racist mind. But is no big deal anyway. We know of true blue Spore Malays who are successful in industries overseas where it’s impossible to get into if they remain here. In their words-Better to be discriminated in a foreign country than in your own- I guess Spore Malays can only succeed overseas. After 46 years of discrimination, who is LKY and his fellow racists kidding? Now our real concern is not for us but for future generation Malays who are getting smarter by day. Can they get a good job in future, let alone have a house…with all these FTs cramming this little red dot.

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  • One Love:

February 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

If any readers who are interested in literature, I’d like to recommend a book by one of Singapore’s best writers:

Satu Bumi (One Earth) by Isa Kamari

I think the NLB has copies in Malay, English and Mandarin.

It’s about a Chinese woman who was given to a Malay family at a young age. After some years accepting a Malay identity she goes out to work as a Samsui woman to support her son and father. There are many narratives and perspectives interwoven into the story. The story spans across decades as it builds up towards the riots.

There’s only one race, that’s the human race. United we stand, divided we fall.

One Love (^_^)

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  • sam selamat:

February 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

This old dog has no new tricks… borrowed from the brits again… divide n conquer.. what next?
How low can one go? as low as LKY.

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  • sam selamat:

February 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm

This is the same old piece of work that labelled Tang Liang Hong a Chinese chauvinist. He must now be held accountable for his words.

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  • BIRD BRAIN:

February 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

sinazen:
February 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm sinazen(Quote)
may I point out that there was no colour TV till after PAP came to power? so I guess LKY can take credit for colour TV?

come to think of it, there was no birdflu/aids/Iraqi weapons of mass destruction till communists came to power in China; so I guess…

What a fool, this is technology by better brains and inventors.

These are brains behind businesses for consumers consumptions.

Your good friend LKY invented only misery!

FOOL!

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  • aladdin:

February 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm

its not race politics anymore but class politics.
The core executive of the PAP against the people of Singapore.
Lets unite and finish them

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  • Blackmale:

February 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Since his birth,Lee Kuan Yew so scared,phobia and paranoid of the Malays.
Malays not only can’t serve their NS or working full-time in 1st Commando Battalion,RSN and RSAF.Even those Malay civilian’s working in the logistic industry was barred from entering Depot Road Recruitment Centre,Gombak Facility,Gali Batu Ammo Depot,Seletar Ammo Dump,Changi Airbase,Paya Lebar Airbase,Tengah Airbase,Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base to do delivery and servicing.

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  • Sindhu Guhan:

February 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

Fucking MM Lee is born a chee bye son to want to make race problem. He thinking chinese cannot lose in race fight because they out number the Malay and Indian. People must not believe to mother fucker and riot like Egypt. Fuck PAP

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  • Zheng He:

February 5, 2011 at 1:15 am

I worship MM Lee: Shows how much the malays are willing to “co-operate” with the PAP and the Chinese. They offer their backsides to the British, but when a chinese becomes a leader, they start riots.

Lta Adnan was a soldier under Her Majesty Service whom the Malays today brand the Brits as ‘penjajah’. When nationalists like Sukarno (Indonesia), Ho Chi Min (Vietnam), Mahatma (INdia), etc., fought the colonists this Malay guy and the rest were helping to enforce colonial rule upon themselves. In fact, the Chinese (communists) gurrilla forces led by Chin Peng were fighting the Brits for indepedence from the jungles. Which they eventually did having to faced an armed struggle (acknowledged by the later by the Brit Generals themselves). Today the Malaysians elevated him to being a hero and named a refurbished armoured carrier after him. What a joke.

Another joke is today much of the Malaysian hero ‘Hang Tuah’ has been removed from the school texts after findings revealed he was a Chinese Muslim like Zheng He.

Apart from the DNA testings of the remains that shocked them you don’t need a stooge to ask if any Indonesian now or then carry the surname ‘Hang’? Secondly, surnames are meant for family or a group of people in a county in China and amongst the Chinese. So how could Hang Tuah, Hang Likui, Hang Jiabei, etc., have the same surname if they are unrelated according to the Malays.

The simple answer lies in the recent hushed-up DNA findings. But more commonsical i.e. warrior-escorts from the same county accompained the palace maiden Hang Lipoh who was given as consort to Parameswara. The warriors not only protected Hang Lipoh but also to ward off any threats that Siam which then was posing to Melaka.

Check it out. LOL.

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  • Racist person calling other racist 贼喊捉贼:

February 5, 2011 at 1:55 am

Thanks the writer. So now we know who is the only racist person. And why where was racial riots. All because of that particulars “hero” who think he can hide behind the power and point to other people. So now the true color of his face show. The racist person not tang liang hong, not jbj, not gopalan, not lee siew choh, not francis seow, not Ho Juan Thye, not Tan Wah Piow, not … But the lie ka yu and his gang. He discourages racial unity, racial recognition, racial conviction etc. Let history be the judge and better still-盖官定论!

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  • regime change:

February 5, 2011 at 3:02 am

The minority races in Singapore must vote the tyrant regime out this coming election.

Racism is always incited by the PAP regime to win vote from the majority race.

Now with the increased in the majority race through mass influx from China, PAP is getting bolder.

The banning of musical instrument during Thaipusam and blasphemous remark against Malay Muslim is a good example.

The minority races must be more active politically by joining the alternate parties and be united to vote PAP out.

If the population reaches 6.5 million, you will become a refugee of your own soil.

Remember, vote PAP out.

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  • No hope:

February 5, 2011 at 3:39 am

@sinazen: February 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

What is you is the talking?

“Colour TV, birdflu, aids” are technological and pathological developments, quite separate from political developments. There are no political or autocratic ulterior motives behind such developments.

“Iraqi weapons of mass destruction” is now known to have been a complete fabrication of the then US govt so that this excuse could justify the US declaration of war on Iraq.

The real motive for the whole Iraqi war mess is believed to be oil. The US was afraid that its supply of oil from the Middle East would be cut off. Hence, declare war on Iraq. But they had to find an excuse. Hence, Iraqi WMDs.

Singapore’s race riots were confined to Singapore, and took place after LKY came to power. LKY should take the ‘credit’ for the riots because not only are many national policies based on his racist and bigoted views, but also he often plays the race card, especially prior to elections, to antagonise the different races against each other.

LKY’s attitude is, if there are going to be riots, so be it. In fact, better still, it would work in his favour, as he can quell the riots and say that Singapore needs a strong PAP govt to stem racism! But who always incites racism in the first place?

MY VOTE IS FOR OPPO. PLEASE CONTEST IN MY CONSTITUENCY (Marine Parade).

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  • No hope:

February 5, 2011 at 3:43 am

It is not only the Malays who bear the brunt of LKY’s racist and religious bigotry. Each race or religion in turn gets put down. The objective is to polarise the electorate, so that they will vote for PAP and keep returning it to power. Or at least, to make it that much easier to rig elections for a PAP win.

E.g., Tang Liang Hong, an Oppo candidate and a lawyer, was branded “anti-Christian, a Chinese chauvinist and a dangerous man” by the PAP during the 1997 election, when he stood in Cheng San.

TLH denied the accusations, calling the PAP liars. This brought on the PAP lawsuits against TLH, and he had to leave Singapore, knowing he would never win any case against LKY/PAP and would have been bankrupted and even jailed, so as to prevent him from ever standing for elections again. They even went after TLH’s wife and her assets, that’s how mean they are. Despite leaving Singapore, the PAP still went ahead to freeze his assets and sue him for damages of $8million. He did not commit any crime, all he did was call LKY/PAP liars.

Just as they had ‘fixed’ JBJ earlier and then TLH, they are now ‘fixing’ Chee Soon Juan, who has to pay a hefty fine by 10th February or go to jail for 5 months, effectively keeping him out of the coming election.

Why did the PAP go after JBJ and TLH before and CSJ now? Because these Oppo candidates (1) dare to speak publicly on the truth about our PAP govt and its policies, and (2) received the highest percentages of Oppo votes where they contested. JBJ had even won in his constituency, and LKY immediately vowed he would ‘fix’ JBJ and “make him crawl on his knees”.

The official percentages of votes TLH and CSJ received were below 50%. But there may be evidence that at least the Cheng San constituency vote tally for 1997 was rigged.
http://i-came-i-saw-i-solved-it.blogspot.com/2006/10/proof-lee-kuan-yew-rigged-_116208578905665261.html

MY VOTE IS FOR OPPO. PLEASE CONTEST IN MY CONSTITUENCY (Marine Parade).

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  • Upz – For Prominence:

February 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

Singaporeans need to be in the aware of the following:

WANTED TO BE PM OF MALAYSIA! ! !: It was very obvious to those political observers like myself at that time. LKY was hatching his secret plan to rule the whole of Malaysia before Malaysia was formed.He began to claim that Singapore could not survive without the merger with Malaya. Of course, being a lawyer, he came out with all sorts of reason to substantiate his claim to “con” the people into his idea.Knowing well that the population at that time was mainly either uneducated or with low education levels, he then he came up with a referendum with 3 choices for S’poreans to vote for. ALL 3 choices were worded in 3 different ways which came to the SAME CHOICE for merger.That is how “clever” he was as a lawyer! What INTEGRITY?What HONESTY?which he claims so much to have possessed by the PAP and himself?The fact that such claim of his is in itself BLATANT DISHONESTY!
Not long after merger and Malaysia was formed, in the Federal Parliament, he began playing the race card. He repeatedly challenged the Tunku and Tun Razak on the issues of “indigenous” people and “special privileges” for the Malays.
He came up with a breakdown of the entire population in Malaysia in the form of percentages of the various races and claimed that Malays were NOT the indigenous people of Malaysia. The indigenous people were those dayaks, kandasans, karens, etc.Thus, Malays and Chinese should be granted equal rights to be PM of Malaysia.It was abundantly clear the race card was in full bloom.He was aggressively forging ahead with this his idea at every sitting of parliament in KL. It went on for a long time.Tension was very, very high in the whole atmosphere which resulted in the racial riot.After so many lives were lost by his doing, he still enjoys playing the race card. He has thus, exhibited very clearly “it does not matter” a bit to him no matter how many S’poreans are killed. So long as he gets the benefits of his achievement.
REMEMBER & THINK:“There will be bloodshed” if JBJ won the election–LKY’s threat when JBJ had overwhelming support before an election.“The military will be brought in” – LKY’s threat in recent election.Now, who is promoting violence???What has happened to that ISA???

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  • Orang Singapura:

February 5, 2011 at 4:19 am

Yes but who is going to tell MM all that.
Even the lap dog ST is under his control.
Editors would pee in their pants just looking at him…let alone ask a question.

Interestingly, would MM have sued or taken to court the Opposition for playing the card? You can bet your boots he would have.

Meantime, let us remember that every family has one.
So let us sympathise with LHL.

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  • mama raj:

February 5, 2011 at 5:33 am

Blackmale: Since his birth,Lee Kuan Yew so scared,phobia and paranoid of the Malays.
Malays not only can’t serve their NS or working full-time in 1st Commando Battalion,RSN and RSAF.

Even those Malay civilian’s working in the logistic industry was barred from entering Depot Road Recruitment Centre,Gombak Facility,Gali Batu Ammo Depot,Seletar Ammo Dump,Changi Airbase,Paya Lebar Airbase,Tengah Airbase,Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base to do delivery and servicing.

with more chinese from malaysia becoming citizens, more malays will be banned from more new places.

this much i dare to guarantee.

this much i dare say malays will only die/mati.

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  • Sindhu Guhan:

February 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

This pundek son is a racist. Inorder to hold on to power he divide the population and rule. Vote out the fucking cheebye PAP party.

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  • Anti-racist TOA PAYOH resident:

February 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

This two f**kers LEE must die ASAP to save Singapore.

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  • LKY Dud:

February 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Why do you think LKY always make some kind of insensitive remarks either about the Malays, Islam or Malaysia when GE is drawing near ?

The same with the Umno leaders when they manipulate the racial sentiments by saying insensitive remarks about the Malays in Singapore.

The only reason I can think of is because he is a manipulative politician just like the Umno leaders. The difference now is that he is making fun of the Malay Singaporeans this time.

I suppose if there are no manipulative politicians in this world, there will be world peace and no war. LKY is basically a very dangerous politician trying to play with the people’s sentiments.
He should be detained under the ISA exactly the same that he has detained the other people.

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  • Simon:

February 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

We need to realize where these elites got their education? Non other than raffles education a place where the British nurtured and raise their puppets like LKY and his wife and many of their friends and comrades, his wife particular was under the british sponsored scholarship. Suspicion could have let us speculate that maybe both of them was agents of the British colonial rulers but disguise as freedom fighters for Singapore cause after world war the pple of Singapore was resentful to British rule. So the british has no other option but to raise two agents of change.
Observe how our education system emulates the British system and ever citizens of Singapore going through the o levels and a levels.

Does it not serve these pap leaders an opportunity if a destabilizing events happened when racial riot of the sixties happened giving them an excuse to eliminate most Chinese schools and unite the whole country under the English language as our working language.

Now they are finding fault with the Muslims as they have found fault with the Chinese cause the pap is still and agents and puppet of the british empire soon British is going to up held stronger policy against the Muslim

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  • Ahmad:

February 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hard truths. Let’s have it.
I was in my late teens in the 60s when Singapore joined Malaysia and later separated.
A average teenager at that time was not interested innpolitic and that included me.
But one thing that stays in my mind was this politician LKY calling out this repeated cry “Malaysian Malaysia” almost every other time. He sounded aggressive and tough. It somehow appeal to the Chinese masses but annoyed the Malays. I felt that he was trying to round up Chinese support and this irritated the Malays. He was on the attacking mode, calling moves and policies by the UMNO led government discriminatory and unfair and was really breathing hotly down the necks of the then Malay majority leaders. One thing led to another culminating in race riots and the separation of Malaysia and Singapore.
Didn’t LKY realized that his politicking stance at that time could lead to all these problems especially when generally most people were not educated and were still backward. Didn’t he realized he was playing dangerous politics by appealing to a particular group of the population knowing full well the majority are Malays.
Why can’t he be more accomodating and considerate and thoughtful and careful like Tan Siew Sin and his team. The bloodshed could have been avoided.
I challenge the authorities to dig into the archives and show on TV footages and newreels of election rallies and parliamentary sittings in the 60s where LKY spoke and let viewers judge for themselves.
Who created all the hue and cry? Who shouted the loudest? Who created the tension? Apparently he came across as an impatient ambitious politician.
Of course we must give him credit for transforming Singapore into what it is today, physically and economically, but there are many today who still felt left out, especially the Malays. That’s another long story.
But somehow you cannot help but notice that he still dish out the race cards at his convenience. Latest being his rather inconsiderate, irrelevant and unsubstantiated comments in the book about the Malays. Is it a deliberate tactical strategic political move to win back a softening Chinese ground by sounding a red alert. There is no need for any elaboration for this. Anybody can see through this ploy. Or is this symptomatic of a deep seated psychological problem he is carrying till this very day, his unrealized dream to be the chief of a bigger territory. Is he still harboring that resentment for having “lost” the fight then? Incidently Malaysia has not done too badly for herself.
I feel that I can now share my thoughts and feelings quite safely now given the level of progress in education and the economic spheres in both countries.
I am a Malay Muslim born and raised in a predominantly Chinese kampong. I have only wonderful memories of my Chinese neighbors and childhood friends whom I still keep in touch with till today. We went through the riots.’We are grandfathers now. They were feasting at my house last Hari Raya. We had a great time.
I hope your comments are not political manoevres. if it is, it is rather sad. If it is not, my advice is don’t worry unnecessarily. Things are okay. Think positive. Say things that will unite the people rather than divide them.

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  • atobe:

February 6, 2011 at 12:32 am

LKY being the person that he is will place his own personal ambitions before that of the people in this island called Singapore.

Even the British Colonial Officers had noted that LKY was desparate for Malaysia to succeed.

Lord Selkirk wrote:- “Lee was in a very overwrought state. I do not know what a psychologist would make of him, but he seemed to be a bully who was frightened and still wanted to pretend he could bully other people” (CO 1030 / 1149). [1]

“Lee Kuan Yew (Prime Minister of Singapore) is unashamedly exploiting the delay in the establishment of Malaysia to further his personal ambitions. Political blackmail or ‘brinkmanship’ (as described to me himself) is his normal method of achieving his ends. While expressing enthusiasm for Malaysia, his objective is to show up the Tunku as feeble and wooly minded and to build up his own reputation as a tough, clear sighted leader (DO 169/287). [2]

“I found them [LKY and Goh] pretty broken men, extremely jumpy and uncertain of their political future….He now has considerable doubts whether Singapore can be governed on the basis of one man, one vote, and says that the Government of Singapore must now pass to the Communists, the British or the Federation.

Lee was keen on receiving merger with the Federation. It involved his political future. (CO 1030/981, 17 July 1961). [3]

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It was obvious that LKY was indulging in ‘DUPLICITY’ when he did not even consult members of his cabinet when the terms and conditions was being negotiated for Singapore to be merged into a larger entity to be called ‘Malaysia’.

Dr Toh Chin Chye made these observations on the terms of merger:

“We merged into Malaysia just like any of the states of Malaya… It was Lee Kuan Yew’s idea. He drafted the terms. This did not make sense to me. As early as 1959, Singapore was a self-governing state, we had all the powers, excepting Foreign Affairs and Defence….

But we gave up these powers when we merged in 1963….So I suggested we retain Education….Of course, the Tengku was happy to give us back Education. This was only at the last minute. After they {Lee and Goh} came back from London. That was not written in the White Paper. They they added Labour….No. These aspects were not thought through at all. Why ? Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Keng Swee were in a hurry. Both of them were in London for the Constitutional talks. The rest of the Cabinet were in the dark about the details of the merger.” {Chew, 1996) [4]

Lee Kuan Yew in his frustration was becoming more and more anti-Malay in his speeches. Particularly when he was travelling abroad… Well, some of the things he said were really insulting. He called them ‘Mad Mullahs’ and all that….Of course K.L. reacted badly.

We were being more and more isolated. Lee provoked the Malays by questioning their rights and upsetting the delicate balance of the Alliance Party. [5]

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Clearly, LKY was afraid to face an election, and when he had to face one, he had to indulge in ‘DUPLICITY’ to achieve a desired outcome.

On 11 April 1961, before PAP lost the Hong Lim by-election, Selkirk reported:
“Lee showed at once he was concerned at the thought of having to face a general election in 1963. If he had merger, could he avoid that election? I said I thought he probably could provided he went flat out for merger (FO 1091/104, p.150, para 3). [6]

“He [LKY] would hold the elections for the 15 Malaysian seats before Malaysia took place, perhaps in June or July. He would so arrange the boundaries that the PAP would get a majority; the Barisan Sosialis would get some seats and the UMNO one. All the other parties would be wiped out (CO 1030/1159, November 1962). [7]

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It was not a surprise that Singaporeans were ‘duped’ into accepting a ‘FALSE REFERENDUM’ [8] that were obviously deceiving in that the three only choices were variations of the manner in which to merge into a larger entity called Malaysia – and ‘WITHOUT any option to reject merger’.

Perhaps, Lawyer Ravi should represent all Singaporeans by taking a Class Action and sue Lee Kuan Yew for ‘DUPLICITY’ in forcing Singapore into a ‘FALSE REFERENDUM’ and for all the ‘deliberate dubious acts’ that resulted the political baggage that we are burdened with till this day.
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[1] ’The Fajar Generation’ – Pg 192, Para 5

[2] ’The Fajar Generation’ – Pg 207 – 208, Para 8

[3] ’The Fajar Generation’ Pg 209 Para 2

[4] ‘The Fajar Generation’ Pg 209 – 210 Para 5

[5] ‘The Fajar Generation’ – Pg 212, Para 1

[6] The Fajar Generation – Pg 180, Para 1

[7] The Fajar Generation – Para 1, Pg 185
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toomanythoughts/4116921548/
http://www.scribd.com/doc/24524253/THE-FAJAR-GENERATION
http://www.temasekreview.com/2009/12/27/book-review-the-fajar-generation-merger-and-the-decimation-of-the-left-wing-in-singapore-part-1/

[8} ‘Singapore General Election Results’
http://www.singapore-elections.com/

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  • fpc:

February 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

great points

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  • TOM:

February 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

The Old Man is a wily old fox, First Class liar with a star for distinction, I bet he manufactured the whole race riot issue for his own political agenda and the people are kept in the dark, just like how Singapore’s independence was not sudden but a negotiated settlement, Goh Keng Swee tells us that the details lay in a file named ‘Albatross’, the truth will only be known after PAP loses power and the files are declassified

My fellow Singaporeans, please vote them out if you want to know the TRUTH

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  • Joanne D:

February 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm

until we remove the “race” from our ICs, until companies and schools stop requiring people to declare their “race”, there will be racial segregation everywhere.

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  • Joker:

February 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

1. Working for the enemy (Japanese)
2. The way the referendum was conducted (tentamount to cheating)
3. Abuse of power (operations cold store)

What a great man

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  • Joker:

February 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

One of my friends, a man of mixed heritage had a baby. During registration he was asked for a race classification and he said wanted to leave it blank but was told that this was illegal. He was asked to use the words “Others” but he insisted that his child was no alien. Back then we did not have doubled barrelled races so after much arguments his wife persuaded him to use Chinese for economical reasons. Well I am a Hindu and if I have a child I will insist his race is “Dravidian” or “Aryan”

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  • PAP FT COALITION:

February 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

Joker: One of my friends, a man of mixed heritage had a baby. During registration he was asked for a race classification and he said wanted to leave it blank but was told that this was illegal. He was asked to use the words “Others” but he insisted that his child was no alien. Back then we did not have doubled barrelled races so after much arguments his wife persuaded him to use Chinese for economical reasons. Well I am a Hindu and if I have a child I will insist his race is “Dravidian” or “Aryan”

*Your friends Chinese wife feels that it is better for the child to be classified a Chinese for economical reasons” ? I guess she is hoping her child is not going to be victimised as a minority. I guess the secret is out. Singapore is a racist society. The minorities are a victim of racism. The PAP is in fact an ethnocentric Chinese party with token Indian and Puppet Malay ministers. Tharman, shanmugam and Yacoob basically collect millions to fulfill a PAP imagery of a multi racial society. This is their reality.

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  • A Few Good Men:

February 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

Blackmale:
February 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm (Quote)
Since his birth,Lee Kuan Yew so scared,phobia and paranoid of the Malays.
Malays not only can’t serve their NS or working full-time in 1st Commando Battalion,RSN and RSAF.Even those Malay civilian’s working in the logistic industry was barred from entering Depot Road Recruitment Centre,Gombak Facility,Gali Batu Ammo Depot,Seletar Ammo Dump,Changi Airbase,Paya Lebar Airbase,Tengah Airbase,Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base to do delivery and servicing.

————————–

You’re full of CRAP! Get your facts right,don’t exaggerate,substantiate your claims!

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  • Fed:

February 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Like i always tell my son, harry was/is a traitor that worked for the japanese.

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  • Damha:

February 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hi Ahmad the Malaysian,

“Didn’t LKY realized that his politicking stance at that time could lead to all these problems especially when generally most people were not educated and were still backward. Didn’t he realized he was playing dangerous politics by appealing to a particular group of the population knowing full well the majority are Malays.
Why can’t he be more accomodating and considerate and thoughtful and careful like Tan Siew Sin and his team. The bloodshed could have been avoided.”

What it boils down to after reading your thread is nothing more than what UMNO is saying – “Accept the 2nd Class Status (Kekuatan Melayu) you minorities.” MM only wants equality for ALL the citizens. Why do you think (open secret) Malaysian Indians and Chinese are emigrating by the millions from Malaysia since the implementation of the NEP in the 60s? Any push factor over here for vice-versa to happen? No, Right.

Btw. It’s proven that it’s better being Singaporeans for all races than being Malaysians. We are 1st world. Our currency exchange rate is more than double thiers i.e. we can buy theirs they can’t buy ours in economics. We can travel abroad often whereas they can’t, etc.

Yes. TV footages unfortunately you have non THEN. Today’s world is totally different. Everyone is armed with a video/camera handphone and images can be uploaded and posted in real time for the world to see. Secondly, in the event of an external threat Singapore can mobilise the entire nation with its 3G SAF to counter any evil intent. Thirdly, neither the US nor China or even India would stand passively by this time if David had to stand up to any unreasonable Goliath. Right?

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  • Corn:

February 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

PAP FT COALITION: *Your friends Chinese wife feels that it is better for the child to be classified a Chinese for economical reasons” ? I guess she is hoping her child is not going to be victimised as a minority. I guess the secret is out. Singapore is a racist society. The minorities are a victim of racism. The PAP is in fact an ethnocentric Chinese party with token Indian and Puppet Malay ministers. Tharman, shanmugam and Yacoob basically collect millions to fulfill a PAP imagery of a multi racial society. This is their reality.

I find it absolutely difficult to see your point.
WE have DOUBLE BARREL NAMES.
Not one for mixed marriage.
No 2 like the Far East countries – HK, Taiwan, Macau, China, Korea, Japan,
we need wealth creators not consumers
this is a bare 700 sq km rock!
so one one is taking away anyone’s jobs.
please.
maybe we have 75% IUndians like Tamil Naidu or 75% Malays like malaysia.
still you need job creators.
right?
Use head lah.

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  • Ahmad:

February 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

Damha…..I was telling it as things were. I am no politician. I did not hear at that time the Malay leaders clamouring for Malay rights too loudly over everything else. People of all races were poor then. The Malays were the original inhabitants and the majority, what do you expect. Well you can only hope that you get sensible and reasonable leaders from amongst them. But everything was drowned by this persistent “war cry” of “Malaysian Malaysia” uttered with such ferocity and seemingly appealing to only one segment of the population. You draw your own conclusion. Tension ran high and it led to trouble and the eventual separation. It had a very very big and tragic effect.
Somebody started it. Who started it? Somebody was irresponsible. Who was irresponsible? Which group was more ambitious and impatient?Look at their make-up, look at their inclinations. Who is more aggressive?
We can argue till the cows come home. There
may be some video and audio recordings left
behind that may reveal the bare truth. Judge yourself.
The Malays in Singapore by and large are still a
docile lot as a group. It speaks volumes. Talk about “ketuanan” in Malaysia! The richest in Malaysia in term of numbers are non-Malays.
How do you reconcile that.
I just met a Malysian Chinese who earns his keeps in Singapore and he said when he retires he wants to go back HOME to Malaysia. This is not the first time I hear this.
What has 3G SAF got to do with this discussion?
The fact is if we have well-intentioned and honest politicians representing us, we are lucky.
If not, we are at their mercy, their twisted logic and pawns in their political game.

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  • Ahmad:

February 8, 2011 at 9:42 am

BTW I am not a Malaysian. I am Singaporean.

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  • Stepped all over:

February 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

A Few Good Men: Blackmale:
February 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm(Quote)
Since his birth,Lee Kuan Yew so scared,phobia and paranoid of the Malays.
Malays not only can’t serve their NS or working full-time in 1st Commando Battalion,RSN and RSAF.Even those Malay civilian’s working in the logistic industry was barred from entering Depot Road Recruitment Centre,Gombak Facility,Gali Batu Ammo Depot,Seletar Ammo Dump,Changi Airbase,Paya Lebar Airbase,Tengah Airbase,Changi Naval Base and Tuas Naval Base to do delivery and servicing.————————–You’re full of CRAP! Get your facts right,don’t exaggerate,substantiate your claims!

My late friend was a senior Telecom technician. On an assignment to Paya Lebar Airport, he was asked to step aside and only non-Malays were allowed into the complex. I got this from the horse’s mouth. BTW please feel free to chat up the many Malay telecom technicians to verify this revelation.
Heard about the Malay HR executive sent to KL to recruit staff for the Singapore office with instructions to take only Malaysian Chinese and Indians only. Talk about meritocracy and equality.
My foot!!!

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  • Easy not lazy:

February 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

Ahmad and Damha,
Hahahaha.
To understand the psyche and inclinations of the Chinese read the WATER MARGIN, the Indians read the BHAGAVAD GITA, the Malays just listen to the simple and lovable DONDANG SAYANG.

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  • Easy easy easy:

February 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

There was this company dinner many years ago. There was then this article in the newspaper about the varying achievement levels of the various races in this part of the world. It was written that the Malays were perceived as lazy and easily contented. They talk about it. Many of the non-Malays at the table were gloating with a mischievous glint ommenting about the subject. A French guy stood up rather annoyed and said he has been around working all over this region for about 20years. He said he is full of admiration for the Malay race, they are easy people not lazy people, simple not complicated nor greedy, that’s why others take advantage of their good nature. There was silence at the table after that.

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  • SINGAPOREANS TAKEN FOR A RIDE:

February 8, 2011 at 11:56 am

Easy easy easy: There was this company dinner many years ago. There was then this article in the newspaper about the varying achievement levels of the various races in this part of the world. It was written that the Malays were perceived as lazy and easily contented. They talk about it. Many of the non-Malays at the table were gloating with a mischievous glint ommenting about the subject. A French guy stood up rather annoyed and said he has been around working all over this region for about 20years. He said he is full of admiration for the Malay race, they are easy people not lazy people, simple not complicated nor greedy, that’s why others take advantage of their good nature. There was silence at the table after that.

Only in a racist society is such behaviour permissable. That the newspaper will write about some nonsense and a company funtion will entertain and embarass everyone by disussing it openly. Obviously it is condoned by the govt, which is why the company involved will discuss it as though it is of national importance.

Will the directors of the company at its function discuss NEPOTISM in Singapore as a national concern, will they discuss racism within the job market, will they discuss incompetent ministers and Ho Chins massive multi billion dollar losses at these functions. Did any Singaporean Chinese stand up and say that this subject is inapporpriate instead of waiting for a French gentleman to stand up and correct the situation. Does anyone really use articles in the Straits time as a refrence source for that matter.

LKY sought the minority votes during his early years, when Singapore was more of a multi cultural society. The fight then was between the very Chinese Barisan socialist and the PAP which comprised the minorities and largely the English speaking Chinese. His son, however, is more likely to succeed in a Chinese environment, and LKY, realising this is recreating the environment that his son can survive in. Hence this big mess in Singapore. The mess will get messier in time and the social engineering will get more desperate. Singaporeans in the mean time just have to live thru this inglorious period and hope for the best.

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  • TIME FOR THE TRUTH:

February 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Stepped all over: My late friend was a senior Telecom technician. On an assignment to Paya Lebar Airport, he was asked to step aside and only non-Malays were allowed into the complex. I got this from the horse’s mouth. BTW please feel free to chat up the many Malay telecom technicians to verify this revelation.Heard about the Malay HR executive sent to KL to recruit staff for the Singapore office with instructions to take only Malaysian Chinese and Indians only. Talk about meritocracy and equality.My foot!!!

The only way to confront racism is to shout it out. Just like if u see someone committing a rape or buglaring a house. Dont accept it. The blatant racism in Singapore has been allowed b the minorities acceptance of it. Examples like this should be plastered on every web site. Shout it out at the top of your voice. Racists invariably are cowards and bullies. If u raise your voice and draw attention they get worried. If possible, take them to court. Turn any act of racism into a public event. LKY is a coward and a bully. He does not want the world to think badly of him. He wants to be praised and glorified. Difficult for him to travel here and there and try to look good if he is a known racist. Its like being a known rapist. The rset of the world is not like racist Singapore. All the Chinese in Singapore are aware that this is a racist society. They themselves will only react if they are embarrassed by it. If u are accepting of it, they will only “buat bodoh”.

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  • SUFIAN ALI:

February 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Damha: Damha:
February 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm  (Quote)
Hi Ahmad the Malaysian,

… in the event of an external threat Singapore can mobilise the entire nation with its 3G SAF to counter any evil intent. Thirdly, neither the US nor China or even India would stand passively by this time if David had to stand up to any unreasonable Goliath. Right?

big joke.
even if a few americans or a million chiese or indians die in singapore, they will probably think it is less than one percent of their 2 billion population.
besides these are no real talents in chinese and indian terms.
so, good luck to all these foreign talents in singapore because no more than 3 bombs will flatten singapore within half an hour.

remember, singapore is so small to be worth defending by these big boys.

they have better things to do.

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  • Orang Singapura:

February 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

It has been argued that Lee Kuan Yew is a giant among men.
It is worth remembering the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, too.
Giants too can fall and fail.

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  • Survival of the filthiest:

February 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Easy not lazy: Ahmad and Damha,
Hahahaha.
To understand the psyche and inclinations of the Chinese read the WATER MARGIN, the Indians read the BHAGAVAD GITA, the Malays just listen to the simple and lovable DONDANG SAYANG.

One thing observable now, the bumis in Malaysia today are no more like those of yesterday. No more DONDANG SAYANG. No, not anymore. They have learned through experience and trials and are more shrewd than before. They can hold their own and have gone up to the AVATAR league. They can trade punch for punch. Only regret is some have shed their innocence along the way.

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  • Matilah Singapura:

February 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

History will be re-written, not by politicians nor by any political party, but by historians. The time will come when Singapore will once again belong to the people of Singapore, not to one family. That time is coming soon. HIP HIP HURRAY. The Emperor of Singapore is naked but his henchmen are telling him he is fully clothed.

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  • Wisdom:

February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Ahmad: Damha…..I was telling it as things were. I am no politician. I did not hear at that time the Malay leaders clamouring for Malay rights too loudly over everything else. People of all races were poor then. The Malays were the original inhabitants and the majority, what do you expect. Well you can only hope that you get sensible and reasonable leaders from amongst them. But everything was drowned by this persistent “war cry” of “Malaysian Malaysia” uttered with such ferocity and seemingly appealing to only one segment of the population. You draw your own conclusion. Tension ran high and it led to trouble and the eventual separation. It had a very very big and tragic effect.Somebody started it. Who started it? Somebody was irresponsible. Who was irresponsible? Which group was more ambitious and impatient?Look at their make-up, look at their inclinations. Who is more aggressive?We can argue till the cows come home. Theremay be some video and audio recordings leftbehind that may reveal the bare truth. Judge yourself.The Malays in Singapore by and large are still adocile lot as a group. It speaks volumes. Talk about “ketuanan” in Malaysia! The richest in Malaysia in term of numbers are non-Malays.How do you reconcile that.I just met a Malysian Chinese who earns his keeps in Singapore and he said when he retires he wants to go back HOME to Malaysia. This is not the first time I hear this.What has 3G SAF got to do with this discussion?The fact is if we have well-intentioned and honest politicians representing us, we are lucky.If not, we are at their mercy, their twisted logic and pawns in their political game.

I can’t help but comment. Surely you haven’t gone for the Malaysian BTN? You sound naive. Your’re the best in either worlds i.e a “bumi” in Malaysia and a “citizen of Singapore”. Have you ever empathise with the discriminated minorities across the causeway?

“I am no politician.’ But sure sure are a beneficiary. Isn’t it?

“I did not hear at that time the Malay leaders clamouring for Malay rights too loudly over everything else.” Because UNMO was instigating and agitating the Malay ground via the mosques and the Malay newspapers like Utusan.

“The Malays were the original inhabitants and the majority, what do you expect.” Who are the Orang Asli and Orang Laut then? There is only one Red Indian group. The Malays themselves call them “tulen” (original) – the Orang Asli. How can an assortment of Muslims from India, Indonesia and the Middle East call themselves “original” people? As a majority, the Muslims legislate a “Malay” (bumi) to be one who embraces Islam, speaks Malay and adopts Malay customs and traditions. That’s why recently they got into trouble with Indoinesia for “stealing” their songs, cusines, etc. They simply forget that the majority of Muslim Malaysians are of Indonesian descent using Indonesian stuffs without patent. Malaysian Malays’ history began with Parameswara (read authentic history). Parameswara was a Hindu prince (might have been of S Indian Chola lineage) not Muslim! If you had not attended the BTN you have to thank the Chinese. Look up the internet. The Ming Emperor safeguarded Melaka (seat of Malaya then) from the Siamese with their maurauding war elephants. Not Indonesia or India. Melaka was a protectorate and vassal state of China. Otherwise today, Malaya would be have been the Yala or Petani Peninsula belonging to Thailand! Finally, who shed blood fighting the British colonialists (penjajah) and the Japanese invaders in Malays and Singapore? In other countries that would have been the indigenous people. Right? Surprise! The Chinese (communists)! The so-called Malays served the imperialists Brits as soldiers (like Lt Adnan) and Japs as “he-ho” (local policemen). Today the traitors claim the place as thiers alone. How unfair.

“Well you can only hope that you get sensible and reasonable leaders from amongst them. But everything was drowned by this persistent “war cry” of “Malaysian Malaysia” uttered with such ferocity and seemingly appealing to only one segment of the population.” The war cries then were no different from people Malays like Akbar (Arab) and from Perkasa today. Even the Home Affairs Minister Hishmuddin (Turk) drew the kris on TV to intimidate the minorities to accept “Kekuatan Melayu”. Absurd and ridiculous.

“Who started it? Somebody was irresponsible. Who was irresponsible? Which group was more ambitious and impatient?Look at their make-up, look at their inclinations. Who is more aggressive?” Step out of the pagar and use your cool head for once and the answer will fall in place.

“The Malays in Singapore by and large are still a
docile lot as a group. “JI” is neither Indians nor Chinese. It speaks volumes.” “docile” My goodness the majority Chinese treats the minorities so well (better than themselves). What is there to complain? Little to argue. The universal indicator is the emigration rate. Unlike Malaysia, Singapore does not have any OFFICIAL discriminatory policies like the NEP to push the minorites out. Just check and compare the statistics of minorities from either countries. Facts speak.

“The richest in Malaysia in term of numbers are non-Malays.” These are self-made entrepreneurs NOT from charity. They are being squeezed left right and centre. They will leave as well. People like billionaire Robert Kwok has migrated. They pay heafy taxes to fund the NEP and get nothing in turn from the government. There are also many wealthy bumis who live off government concessions and handouts only to fail later one by one.

Finally, the point of contention is how one group is being treated so unfairly by the government for so long since Razak’s days. So what is the percentage of the richest Chinese in Malaysia/ 1%? The answer is 0.0001%! What is there to crow about? That the Malaysian government promotes the lottery, gambling, etc Chinese towkays to grow and pay taxes or undertable money to them. Munafix.

Let me tell you this. A good government raises the living standard & per capita income of the AVEAGE citizens. Now you know why the minorities don’t leave. They have eyes to see; living on this barren resourceless 700 sq km rock is definitely better off than living in resource-rich neighbouring Malaysia or Indonesia. Whereas, you know UNNO’s battle cry isn’t for the AVERAGE citizens (Malays included). But only to entrench (using the law) the so-called Malays (bumis) as rent collectors. And who are these chosen top 5% or so “Malays”? Their “Kekuatan Melayu”s are even louder than the ordinary Malays. Mind you these people are primarily of Indian and Arab DNAs not Indonesian.

“we are lucky.” This I can agree. All Singaporeans are indeed lucky under the PAP for well over 45 years. Just look at the Middle East today. Crumpling not because of Isreal but from one word actually – “hunger”.

“game”? No brother. It’s abt survival. Our children’s survival. And another 45 good years. Believe me. We have already overtaken Malaysia’s economy. A resource rich country more tha 60 times our size! If we don’t understand how we get there and look at the ant bites then our hearts not our heads are controlling us.

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  • Ahmad:

February 9, 2011 at 1:09 am

Wisdom,
Your diatribe is reflective of your strong views. Your mangled version of history and your reading of politics, let alone your statistics, needs no rebuttal.
Arguments would leave both sides blue in the face.
You could even go further back and say Malays originated from Yunnan China and Malays are therefore a Chinese tribe. That would have made things alot easier but it was not meant to be.
The Pandora’s box is now open.
Again who started it all?
What was the motive behind it? Is there a need to rekindle the negative past?
Is it better to let sleeping dogs lie? Or are these desperate attempts to cling on to power by any means, underhanded below the belt manoeuvres without due
regards to sensitivities and feelings. Is it fair? Where is the sense of fairplay?
Making use of scapegoats to achieve your ends? Clean politics or dirty politics?
Honorable men or self-centred personalities? What’s the verdict?
Does it bear similarities in happenings decades gone by.
The Pandora’s box is now open yet again. The hornet’s nest has been stirred.
As you can see pages upon pages of views are being aired.
At least we now engage in our thrust and parry in this cyber forum before a discerning audience.
In the decades gone by, the coffee shops, the newspapers and other places of congregation are the stirring points for our “honorable” politicians.
There are two different sets of audience now and before. But politics will always be politics. And you have all kinds of politicians. And they do play games. You draw your own conclusion.
Yes I hope the next 45 years will be okay, warts and all, for the sake of all our children.

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