Monday, 18 December 2006

Malaysians Are Migrating

Malaysians appear to have finally thrown in the towel.

Along with their houses, cars and jobs, I should add.

Since last month, more and more Malaysians have been enquiring about migrating. Between Nov 14 to Nov 19 alone, there were about 6,500 enquiries for migration to Australia, 5,500 enquiries for New Zealand, 4,000 for Canada, about 3,500 enquiries for other countries, including Norway and Switzerland.

Are Malaysians trying to ditch the country?

It wouldn't surprise me though. Between the needless and wasteful spending that comes out of the taxpayers' pocket, the corruption that is rampant and the racism that minorities have to endure, it's about time Malaysians looked for greener pastures.

It's gone beyond the wake up call for politicians and their race-manipulative agendas, but I'm not holding my breath for the Great Awakening.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

The Malaysian Love-Hate Relationship

The Axinar and I were discussing interracial relationships in Malaysia and Israel respectively when he casually commented, "Now, after talking to you, I'm picking up that Malaysia is a little more like Israel ... y'all REALLY hate each other's guts to the core, dontcha?"

That got me thinking about how we Malaysians interact with each other, what one race thinks about the other and why we haven't killed each other yet or died trying to.

If the honest truth be told, we're actually very fond of each other. At work, we completely forget that we come from different cultures and expectations. At least in my office we do.

But for some reason, politicians have a way with race manipulation, most of it through what you could probably call 'Affirmative Action'.

If 'Affirmative Action' was meant to restore some semblance of equal opportunity in the United States, it does exactly the opposite in Malaysia.

A fellow Malaysian blogger, who goes by the name Stupid Malaysia, took some time out to ask himself if his country actually loved him.

He reminisces about the struggles he went through to put himself through an education under a system that was designed to deny him of any help whatsoever.

He is not alone.

In Malaysiakini, another Malaysian who calls himself Dignified related an almost identical account, with the addition of what is called 'Coffee Money'.

Now 'Coffee Money' is not reference to some sophisticated but caffeinated beverage industry, and not to Starbucks either.

It means a bribe.

Of course, to most countries, the concept of bribery is quite blasé, not to mention common. In Malaysia, it begins with our politicians and runs all the way down to the lowliest civil servant.

It is painful to answer Stupid Malaysia's plaintive question. To look him in the eye and tell him regretfully, "No. Your country does not care."

Sunday, 10 December 2006

"Dress Decently!!"

Puritans are in vogue.

No, really. I recall a twit sometime back who likened women to 'uncovered meat' in relation to their dresscodes, which unfortunately (and presumably) did not include a grey burqa.

Bless his soul, but Sheikh al-Hilali has a rival in the form of Nik Aziz, President of PAS (The Opposition - Islamic Party of Malaysia) who by no twist of fate belongs to good ole Malaysia.

I swear, it's highly entertaining living in Malaysia. Those of you in the US really oughta make a visit down here. We'll draw up the dress code for you, don't worry. :)

Let's take a look at PAS' (Islamic Party of Malaysia) efforts at making the world a better place:
1) Separating male and female checkout lines at supermarkets
2) Directives to cinema halls to be well lit
3) Separating of sexes in public swimming pools
4) Advising women against wearing lipstick outside their homes, because it could arouse men and lead to sexual assault

The latest curb comes in the form of a municipal by-law, which slaps "indecently dressed women" with a fine of up to RM500.


The rule was reportedly aimed at women employed in retail outlets and eateries, both Muslim and non-Muslim. No-nos include tight pants, mini-skirts and body-hugging outfits.

Of course, after due protest, he withdrew the imposition on non-Muslim women, not before whining, "The dress code is an Islamic requirement to help protect the virtue of women."

Why are all these men falling over themselves to protect women's virtues anyways?