By Mansor Puteh
Yes, I am brave enough to sign my name on this article.
INTRODUCTION and DISCLAIMER:
This is an attempt at studying the thinking, mentality and philosophy of the Chinese in the world especially those who live outside of the Chinese world.
When will someone conduct a more serious research on this following the wake of the earlier doctoral thesis a Chinese scholar had done which was later published in a book called, ‘History of Chinese Immigration to Nanyang’ which tells the sorry tales of how the Chinese had to flee from South China to go to Southeast Asia with barely anything on them except for the clothes they were wearing?
The then President of Taiwan, Lee Teng-Hui, called the Chinese in
But I am going to be charitable and not describe the Chinese in
‘MALAYSIAN CHINESE ARE STUPID! – MICHAEL CHICK:
It is unlike Michael Chick, who has an English name, who has written another article with a weirder title - ‘MALAYSIAN CHINESE ARE STUPID!’ which was published in Malaysia-Today. Yet, he was not condemned.
Shockingly, there were many Chinese commentators who agreed with him. The reason being the writer is English. If he was Malay, he would have been condemned.
Many Chinese and other non-Malays have tried unsuccessfully to define what and who the Malays are but all of them fail because their thinking was clouded by their own prejudices and biases.
So Michael is lucky because he is English and his views are considered by the commentators to be superior.
Yes, I do mix more with the non-Malays. I went to a Catholic missionary school where I was the only Malay student in class in most of the eleven years I was there in primary and secondary school.
And yes, I have many close relatives who were former Chinese and Indian Hindus.
In fact, most of the ancestors of the Malays, including the members of the royal families were also Hindus, including Parameswara who became a Muslim in 1414 of the Common Era (CE).
And as I am writing this, I had just seen in the papers of how Michael Jackson who was said to have converted to Islam and now calling himself Mikaeed. He followed in the footsteps of his elder brother, Germaine who became a Muslim in 1989.
Is Michael’s conversion to Islam one strange reaction to Barack Hussein Obama’s becoming president of the
THERE ARE CHINESE EVERYWHERE:
There are Chinese everywhere – in
The way the Chinese behave and try to exert themselves differ according to which country they are in and how many of them.
The only difference is in what numbers and percentages and the way the Chinese behave is according to these factors.
If they become larger than the local native population such as in
Yes, Stamford Raffles called it Singapura, while his successor who could not speak much Malay, mispronounced it as
In Indonesia, where the number is smaller and comprising only three percent of the total population of the country, they accept everything including being ‘forced’ to study in Indonesian schools and not make any unnecessary demands on the government, lest they will get it in strange ways.
They even had no choice but to use Indonesian names and speak in the local language.
Only lately, however, are they allowed to have their own television programs in Mandarin and you can now hear the Indonesian Chinese speaking in Chinese – Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien mostly, publicly without being chastised. Only a small percentage of them convert to Islam, and speak the language of the majority there.
And because of that they are able to get some of their own kind appointed as President of the country starting with Corazon Aquino. She does not call herself Chinese and only rarely does so and on any of her visits to
The same with Thaksin and Samak who are prime ministers of
The reason being the number of the Chinese in
If there are Chinese who have been appointed to office, they have to run on the Democratic or Republican Party tickets.
In short, the Chinese in
Yet, they can and are allowed to build their own schools and temples, but they do not want to waste their time doing so; they are more interested to save whatever money they have on their companies and themselves.