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As a Singaporean Chinese, I have never been asked to return to China by my Malaysian compatriots in Singapore, nor have I been called "Chinese" or "panda Chinese". In addition, no one in Singapore has any racial welfare, and everyone works according to order of the elite. Therefore, I have a country that I am proud of. I only regard China as a country where my ancestors originated. That"s all.


On the other hand, for Malaysian Chinese, the situation is just the opposite. They have always been the target of right-wing Malaysian Political Parties and their radical supporters. Like the Indonesian Chinese, they are regarded as the country"s cash cow and scapegoat. Although they have made great contributions to Malaysia, they are constantly insulted by slang terms such as "Kafir", "babi" and "pandatan". Because of the Malays" policy based on race, they did not get the same social status as Malays. Is that why they call us "Asian Jews"?


You may think that this is an ancient phenomenon, but in fact, it is still very active. Like the recent Malaysian dignity conference, some old friends claim that Malaysia has a history of 5000 years, and Malaysia only serves Malays. In fact, the condition for Malaysia"s independence from Britain is that it becomes a multi-ethnic country, and all Malays, Chinese and Indians are Malaysians.


My question is, when people do not regard you as a compatriot and ask you to return to the place where your ancestors were born, will you still have the slightest attachment and loyalty to that country?


Of course, I am not saying that all Malaysian Chinese have lost their loyalty and love for Malaysia, because some of the most anti Singapore people I have met are not Malaysian Malays, but Malaysian Chinese.


What I want to say is that the more the Malaysian government tries to split Malaysia according to race and religion, the only thing it can experience is that the loyalty of ethnic minorities to Malaysia is gradually decreasing, and at the same time, their kinship with China, India or any place where their ancestors came from is constantly increasing.


Let me briefly talk about what happened to a Malaysian friend of mine. Let"s call him Meng.


Meng is from a small town in Kida. His way to school is very difficult. In high school, although he passed the national school admission examination, people like him had limited choices because public institutions of higher learning maintained strict quotas for non Malay students. Because demand exceeds supply, only overseas private colleges or schools can choose.


Unfortunately, the weak currency ringgit and low wages make the west, including Australia, extremely expensive for ordinary Malaysians. This is why the number of Chinese Malaysians trained in Taiwan, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the mainland in recent years has kept increasing. Mastering Chinese opens up educational and economic prospects for them.



In fact, Chinese tend to gather together to cushion the impact of discrimination. The proportion of Chinese in Penang and Kuala Lumpur is very high. For Chinese, Malay brings much less opportunities than Chinese.


Just like in Singapore, English has opened the door to education and most jobs. The only restrictions are on housing, education and welfare for foreigners. Compared with their cousins in the northern mainland, they are much less useful in mastering Chinese.


"For poor and disadvantaged Chinese like me, it is entirely reasonable to regard China as the motherland, because we are reminded every day that Malaysia serves the Malays, not the Chinese."



Why is there a view that Malaysian Chinese are pro China? It is because we realize that when some people criticize the whole country, the whole political system or the whole race on a large scale, we have reason to believe that this is unfair and groundless, and we will not tolerate it. When it comes to China related reports, we can clearly see that media bias plays a role in fuelling the flames.


We realize all this because we grew up with prejudice. In Malaysia, our race and identity are stigmatized, unfairly reported and dehumanized for political reasons. In short, our identity, like the Jews during World War II, was used as a political scapegoat. We can clearly see that China is being treated the same way, especially the western media. No matter whether we have the same political beliefs and systems, we will not support western biased reports.


As far as I am concerned, I have been fighting against this kind of dehumanizing discrimination as a Chinese all my life. I refuse to give in, because I am proud of the conduct and education of my great grandparents, I will not forget where my roots are, and I will not betray the tradition that my great grandparents tried to instill in me.


Imagine growing up like me and coming to Southeast Asia. When you grow up under the infiltration of Chinese culture and realize that learning Chinese is also a kind of wealth. All of a sudden, you are facing unfair attacks by the so-called free press on China or anyone with ties to China. Your first reaction was to jump up and protect them. Because we Malaysian Chinese have seen this situation in our kampong community, our education system or our Malaysian newspapers before.


So why am I considered pro China? This is only because I am an anti racist. At present, some people in the West think that anti China is equivalent to the so-called western values. I like to say frankly that this is just a cover for open xenophobia. Unfortunately, unlike Singaporean Chinese, we Malaysian Chinese have a deeper understanding of this point.


Several respondents pointed out that the "discriminatory policy against Malaysian Chinese" was the reason for the "lack of loyalty" of Malaysian Chinese.


Malaysia"s policy of affirmative action based on race is indeed divisive and controversial. This is a complex issue, and the political reality is rooted in history and population.


Although there is dissatisfaction among Malaysian Chinese, the next example will refute the argument that Malaysian Chinese tend to China because of discrimination.


Among the Malaysian Chinese population, there is a group called the native Chinese (commonly known as Baba and Nyonya). They have lived in Malaysia for several centuries. The native Chinese have integrated into the Local Malay culture - speak fluent Malay and wear traditional Malay clothing. Although their culture has been assimilated, they are not regarded as "natives" like the Malays. Therefore, native Chinese and other Chinese "suffer" the same "discrimination".


But despite this so-called discrimination, on the whole, the native Chinese do not care much about China or China. Among the more educated native Chinese, their world outlook is more in line with the West. In fact, they are more like typical Singaporeans. In fact, if you know that Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore, has some native Chinese descent and grew up in an English speaking family, you will instinctively understand what I mean.


Now, given that both indigenous Chinese and non indigenous Chinese "suffer" the same "discrimination", how can "discrimination" explain why the former is basically indifferent to China while the latter is attracted by China (or "pro China" in the issue)?


Let me look at Singapore. I have read some answers. Some of them are reasonable. Indeed, Chinese in Malaysia are discriminated against, while Chinese in Singapore are not. However, this alone cannot explain why Malaysian Chinese support China while Singaporean Chinese are indifferent to China.


The real reason is that the Chinese in Singapore are too westernized. They read, think and write in English. Don"t forget that Singapore is a British colony. Therefore, although people don"t recognize it, they respect western culture more than Chinese culture.


A typical Singaporean will watch English programs instead of Chinese programs. It is a self-evident fact that Singaporeans with English education will look down upon Singaporeans with traditional Chinese education. However, it is interesting that people with English education always use Singaporean nonsense, which is a terrible English derivative that people outside Singapore can not understand. Nevertheless, they think they have a better sense of superiority than Malaysians.


However, some Chinese people are confused and even angry about Singapore"s international choices precisely because they are too westernized. The "real" Chinese are angry that Singaporeans are so pro american and think they have lost the essence of their own culture. Some people think that Singaporeans are like bananas. The outside is yellow and the inside is white.



Education and cultural identity provide a better answer, but not necessarily the only one, to explain why Malaysian Chinese are usually attracted to China.


This is the Chinese textbook used by Malaysian Chinese primary school students: Chinese Primary Chinese textbook - Malaysian primary school Chinese textbook

这是马来西亚华裔小学生使用的中文教科书:华小华文课本 - 马来西亚小学华文课本

The following is an excerpt from the fifth grade textbook, covering three different aspects:


• traditional Chinese values - the following text is the historical record of the Chinese philosopher Mozi preventing war and saving the state of song, which illustrates Mozi"s philanthropic ideal (both love and non attack)


• Malaysia"s multi-ethnic culture - the following describes the origins of "teh Tarik" and "roti canai", which are local cuisines enjoyed by all ethnic groups.

•马来西亚多种族文化-下文描述了“teh tarik”和“roti canai”的起源,这是所有种族都喜欢的当地美食。

• universal values - the following text advocates world peace, inspired by a sculpture in front of the United Nations building called "casting a sword into a plow".


• two conclusions can be drawn from the fifth grade Chinese Textbooks in Malaysia. First of all, Malaysian students who have received local Chinese education can master Chinese well (Note: the students include Malaysians and Indians), and their level of learning Chinese may be second to none outside Greater China.


• second, China"s traditional value system and history have a considerable impact. In fact, students studying Chinese in middle schools learn Chinese classical literature, which opens the door to the Chinese philosophy system.

•第二,中国传统价值体系和历史有相当多的影响。事实上,在中学学习汉语的学生学习中国古典文本(文言文) 文学,打开了通往中国哲学体系的大门。

• in view of this contact, Malaysian Chinese who are proficient in their own dialects naturally have easier access to Chinese News and pay more attention to China"s development.


• in fact, this is not different from the fact that Malaysian Muslims (almost entirely Malays) closely follow the fate of Muslim brothers in other parts of the world. A good example is that Malaysians, especially Malaysian Muslims, have always sympathized with the struggle of Palestine (the majority of Muslims). Some Malays have volunteered to serve the Palestinian cause regardless of their lives.


• however, I am happy to agree that a group of Malaysian Chinese seem to firmly support China. But they blurred the line between cultural affinity and loyalty to foreign countries.


• generally speaking, Malaysian Chinese are pragmatic. They want to preserve their cultural identity and remain loyal to Malaysia. The two are not mutually exclusive. It is also in their best interest to do so.


• in fact, multiculturalism is a way out. Deeply rooted in one"s own culture, as well as a good appreciation of other cultures and universal values, have laid the foundation for thriving in this increasingly connected world.




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