Bebel Without a Clause

Bebel Without a Clause

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sinofication of Singapore - Will the Anti-Malay Policies be repeated in Penang?

Singapore was once a thriving Malay fishing village prior to British colonisation. According to the Malay Annals, a Sumatran prince called Sang Nila Utama was known to have founded ancient Singapore in 1299.[7] However, the modern city of Singapore stemmed from 1819 when established by Sir Stamford Raffles. Under the British administration, Singapore experienced an influx of immigrants particularly from China and India. Singapore joined the Federation of Malaysia in 16 September 1963, along with the present Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Since Singapore's separation from Malaysia in 9 August 1965, She became a sovereign, multi-racial republic of which the Chinese community formed the majority.
In the 1970s, Mandarin was promoted over other Chinese dialects.[8] SAP Schools were created to provide Mandarin among the Chinese. This resulted in some Malays feeling that they were alienated.[citation needed] The reference to Confucian society by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew marked a shift in policy of neutral multiculturalism to Chinese-dominated society.[8] Chinese schools began receiving government aids while other schools were neglected.[8]
The former Prime Minister had once sparked a debate on the loyalty of the Malays to Singapore. He stated that the Malays might have conflict when it comes to loyalty.[9] Earlier, former Indonesian President Habibie's alleged that the Singaporean armed force discriminate against the Malays.[10][11] The Singaporean government has been cautious in issue of Malay loyalty. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is a supporter of this policy.[8] For the same reason, the Malays have been nearly absent from armed force scholarship list.[8] Incumbent Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned that it is unlikely for a Malay or an ethnic minority to be elected as Prime Minister soon (as of 2008).[12]


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