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13th General Election (13th GE) Online Campaign - Intolerable Umno/BN

Subject: A Letter from a Chinese Malaysian Resident In USA

....and our "MALAYSIAN" Government wants to woo MALAYSIANS back from overseas...

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dear Prime Minister,

We refer to the letter below from a Chinese Malaysian for your information.
Would you like to comment, please?
We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours respectfully,
Eddie Hwang
Unity Party WA
Ph/Fax: 61 893681884
Date: 02-Dec-2009.


A Malaysian speaks up....

I am a female Chinese Malaysian, living in the Washington DC area in the United States. I have read many of the letters that often talk about foreign countries when the writers have no real knowledge of actually living in those countries.

Many draw conclusions about what those countries are like after hearing from someone else or by reading and hearing about them in the media or after four years in a college town in those countries.

I finished STPM with outstanding results from the prestigious St George's Girls School in Penang. Did I get a university place from the Malaysian government? Nothing. With near perfect scores, I had nothing, while my Malay friends were getting offers to go overseas.

Even those with 2As got into university. I was so depressed. I was my parent's last hope for getting the family out of poverty and at 18, I thought I had failed my parents.

Today, I understand it was the Malaysian Government that had failed me and my family because of its discriminatory policies.

Fortunately, I did not give up and immediately did research at the Malaysian American Commission on Education Exchange (MACEE) to find a university in the US that would accept me and provide all the finances. My family and friends thought I was crazy, being the youngest of nine children of a very poor carpenter. Anything that required a fee was out of our reach.

Based on merit and my extracurricular activities of community service in secondary school, I received full tuition scholarship, work study, and grants to cover the four years at a highly competitive US university.

Often, I took 21 credits each semester, 15 credits each term while working 20 hours each week and maintaining a 3.5 CGPA. A couple of semesters, I also received division scholarships and worked as a TA (teaching assistant) on top of everything else.

For the work study, I worked as a custodian (yes, cleaning toilets), carpet layer, computer lab assistant, grounds keeping, librarian, painter, tour guide, etc. If you understand the US credit system, you will understand this is a heavy load.

Why did I do it? This is because I learnt as a young child from my parents that hard work is an opportunity, to give my best in everything, and to take pride in the work I do. I walked away with a double major and a minor with honours but most of all a great lesson in humility and a great respect for those who are forced to labour in so-called 'blue collar' positions.

Those of you who think you know all about Australia, US, or the West, think again. Unless you have really lived in these countries, i.e. paid a mortgage, paid taxes, taken part in elections, you do not understand the level of commitment and hard work it takes to be successful in these countries, not just for immigrants but for people who have lived here for generations.

These people are where they are today because of hard work. (Of course, I am not saying everyone in the US is hardworking... There is always the lazy lot that lives off of someone else's hard work. Fortunately, they are the minority.)

Every single person, anywhere, should have the opportunity to succeed if they want to put in the effort and be accountable for their own actions. In the end, they should be able to reap what they sow.

It is bearable that opportunities are limited depending on how well-off financially one's family is but when higher education opportunities are race-based, like it is in Malaysia, it is downright cruel for those who see education as the only way out of poverty.

If you want to say discrimination is here in the US, yes, of course it is. Can you name a country where it doesn't happen? But let me tell you one thing - if you go looking for it, you will find it.
But in Malaysia, you don't have to go look for it because it seeks you out, slaps you in your face every which way you turn, and is sanctioned by law!

Here in the US, my children have the same opportunity to go to school and learn just like their black, white, and immigrant friends. At school, they eat the same food, play the same games, are taught the same classes and when they are 18, they will still have the same opportunities. Would I want to bring my children back to Malaysia ?

So they can suffer the state-sanctioned discrimination as the non-Malays have had for over 50 years?

The injustice the non-Malay have to suffer in frightening silence is the most damaging problem one has to face throughout one's life. You just have to look at the mighty government structures which completely favours only one race, the Umno Malay.

The Chinese and Indians are treated no better than the illegal Indonesians.

Racism and corruption are openly practised by the Malay politicians everywhere, Courts, schools/Uni, police, govt offices, contracts, GLC, NEP, ISA, local government.

It's so powerful and intimidating that you walk with fear and keep your mouth shut on anything and everything political.

Religion is taboo unless you talk good about Islam.

As for being a slave in the foreign country, I am a happy 'slave' earning a good income as an IT project manager.

I work five days a week; can talk bad about the president when I want to; argue about politics, race and religion openly; gather with more than 50 friends and family when I want (no permit needed) and I don't worry about the police pulling me over because they say I ran the light when I didn't.

Have we seen the light at the end of the tunnel yet (Anwar Ibrahim)?

Or is it the head light of an oncoming Umno train ?

Lets hope its the former for the sake of all fair-minded Malaysians.

The dream of a Malaysian 'race' in the future is nowhere in sight with the present BN govt.

Where is Negara-Ku???


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  1. I and MANY other non-Malays were in the same boat as you were. However, due to financial/family commitments, we cannot move out of Malaysia. 80% of all my secondary school classmates (the brainier ones) have now settled abroad. If only Malaysia recognises each citizen by nationality rather than by race or religion. We would have progressed so much more! God bless America!

  2. The funniest thing is even the "Malay" felt trapped. The truely Malaysian Malays do not discriminate, they keep their head down and work hard, they disgusted by their government too.
    The truth is the minority, which is the government, never see or know that they own people hated them and keep doing what they think is legitimate.

  3. Malaysian oh malaysian! should we be grateful to live in a disaster-free country? Look at Japan catastrophic disaster and many more nature disaster from countries like China, US etc. I'm not sure who is this author, i think the way she seeks for financial assistant is wrong! I'm a Malaysian Chinese, my eldest sister who didn't score well in STPM in 1990, had secured herself with a place in a top local university. Furthermore, she got a JPA scholarship. Me, myself, worse than her, with a CGPA 2.58, was able to enroll myself in the same top local university. Apart from that, when i completed my first degree, i was employed as a research assistant to waive all my fees for Master.

    People out there, go to the right source when u r seeking for any help with the right procedures. There are many children out there who do not have a chance to study.

    Why the Malaysians always want to create racism and chaos? Respect each of the race and contribute to the nation!

  4. May be you and your sister was the luckiest one not all had the same opportunity as you. You must be kidding... didn't score well and your sister opt for JPA scholarship? That was in year 1990.How about now?I've seen top scorers who had never had the same opportunity as your sister.Most of the non Malays top scorers fork out their own money to further their study.Kindly do your research.



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