I had loads of ex-classmates from high school who went on to further their education in the United States. A few years later in the workplace, many of my co-workers had come back to Malaysia to work after graduating.
Many do stay on and work in the USA, but most of them did come back, though with moans and groans about the inefficiency of Kuala Lumpur, civil service, internet broadband and numerous other grouses.
Those who came back were the lucky ones, whether or not they know it.
They may be subject to Malaysia's village idiot brand of racism from the BN government and its stooges, especially the middle-class Chinese.
The Indians occasionally get looked down upon by the lower-class Chinese (those who think they are a bit superior than the rest, and who really, ought to be the victims of the BN government, instead of the middle-class). And a rather alarming number of under-class Indians have been killed by the police while under custody for "questioning", which, by the way, we should constantly be monitoring.
And the Malays? They're forced to conform to peer pressure and social convention on how they should dress, talk, and whom they should spend their time with.
Extremely annoying for those 3 main races - I did not go through the other races from East Malaysia because they generally fall under the Chinese and Malay categories - occasionally fatal, but for the most part, not stressful on a daily basis.
I have ranted against the BN government for this, and called Malaysia a third-world country for its miserably counter-productive mentality.
But nothing compares to the stress that African-Americans go through, living in the USA.
If you ever thought that the US was the bastion of liberty, please end that thought this very minute, for nothing is further from the truth.
Everyday, a black or brown person is harassed and abused, simply because of the colour of their skin.
In Malaysia, for the most part, the cops are able to tell what social class one comes from, based on how one dresses, talks and carries oneself.
But the white American cops seem devoid of this skill. For them, a black person - regardless of social class, income, profession - is considered a criminal. And they are treated as such.
If you were stopped once a year and questioned by the police, you would not display a defensive attitude towards being under suspicion. But if it happened almost everyday, you would grow weary and start exerting your rights.
black man in Minnesota who was asked to produce an ID for no reason at all.
He very clearly states that he was sitting on a public bench waiting for his children to come out of their daycare.
He was not causing any trouble at all, and was simply minding his own business.
There was absolutely no reason for him to be questioned.
I am unable to see his face because the camera does not point at him, only the female thug in uniform who is trying to interrogate him. Respectable-looking woman, but nevertheless a thug.
Based on his voice alone, I am able to tell that he is an educated man, and he has a clear purpose for being there: he is waiting for his children.
Despite explaining all this to the female officer, he is still asked to produce identification without being told what his offence was.
Take note here, that if he had indeed committed an infraction of the law, the police officer is duty-bound to inform him at this point.
She does not.
He is then accosted by a male police thug and subsequently arrested with unnecessary use of force.
Later on Facebook, the St Paul police department claim that the man was trespassing.
This is clearly bullshit as there were no signs put up, because the man verbally pointed that out and the female thug did not correct him.
Yet, the police department have brazenly posted "their side of the story" (a complete lie) and blamed a non-infraction on the victim.
At no point was the man trespassing. At no point in the video do I detect any disorderly conduct. The only obstruction of the legal process was committed by the thugs in uniform.
So why are the thugs in uniform doing this? What purpose does this serve?
You know what apartheid is? Segregation? It was alive and well until the 60s. What a depraved society.
What is even more repulsive is that the white majority does not want the black minority to have access to the same privileges that they do. So whenever a non-white person is found in a "white" area, the police are called to remove the "nuisance".
For that reason, submissively complying by producing one's identification is pointless, because they are never interested in who the black person is; otherwise, they would be observing his dress and mannerisms to assess if he was genuinely a threat.
It is all about bullying.
The United States of America is nation that is severely in decline. To be fair, it's the entire western civilisation that is nearing its end.
People have been too obsessively materialistic to concern themselves with how the police behave. And the police think they are above the law.
To call them law enforcement would be to describe them incorrectly, because they break the law, not enforce it.
A lot of Asians who want to live in the US think, "Ah well, that only happens to black people, it won't happen to me."
The former Chief Operating Officer of Napster, Milton Olin Jr, was killed when a police patrol car collided with the bicycle he was riding.
Olin was in his bicycle lane, but the police officer was using his computer while driving and got distracted. He ran over the man, killing him instantly.
However, he was not charged for his reckless behaviour because "prosecutors noted that a state law banning drivers from using wireless electronic devices while driving exempts police officers and other emergency professionals."
But check out what the police officer claimed at first: "Wood initially said that Olin had swerved from the bicycle lane on Mullholland Highway into the path of his patrol car."
That's a blatant lie because the district attorney's office concluded that “evidence examined in this investigation shows that this tragic collision occurred as a result of Deputy Wood crossing into the bicycle lane.”
The police officer could have stopped his car or parked at the side of the road to attend to his computer. But he didn't, and that resulted in the loss of an innocent man's life.
And the whole time, he was protected by the police department. The people who are supposed to serve and protect the citizens are protecting themselves. Woe betide those who go against them; more so if you're a black police officer.
The US of A is fast becoming a failed state. It is no longer a place to go to fulfill your dreams or raise your children.
We need to make Malaysia that place. We have awoken from our slumber and are more politically aware and sensitive.
It is now just about taking responsibility and bringing out the best in our fellow citizens, regardless of race, religion or creed.
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