Got such thing as ‘Malay’ race meh?

A really moronic statement from someone who makes moronic statements when he’s trying to justify that the “PAP is always right”

… felt that voters should not be overly-fixated with a candidate’s ethnicity – albeit being an election reserved for a particular race – as it would “detract from the raison d’être of the elected presidency and of the elected president as a symbol of our multiracialism”, as Singapore Management University law don Eugene Tan put it …

Assoc Prof Tan said the reserved election “inevitably puts race up front and centre”. However, it is “imperative that we do not get too hung up over the race” of a presidential hopeful, he said.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/reserved-presidential-election-casts-spotlight-malayness

WTF. How not to think a lot about racial identifty when the election is reserved for a “Malay” president especially given that it seems that being a “Malay” is a cultural issue, not an ethnic (ie racial) issue.

The constructive, nation-building press quotes two experts on “Malayness” wgo seem to imply that there really isn’t such a thing as a Malay race:

Malay-Muslim self-help group Yayasan Mendaki has a set of criteria for its financial assistance schemes for students administered on behalf of the Government. Among other things, the recipients “must be of Malay descent” as stated in their identity cards. It spells out a list of what it considers to be “Malay descent”, and this includes 22 ethnicities including Acehnese, Javanese, Boyanese, Sumatran, Sundanese and Bugis. Students with “double-barrelled” race are eligible if the first race is listed on the identity cards as Malay, said a Mendaki spokesman. For example, a student who is Malay-Arab would qualify for the schemes but an Arab-Malay student would not, he added.

However, for the Presidential Election, Association of Muslim Professionals chairman Abdul Hamid Abdullah stressed the need for a “wider definition of a Malay” in Singapore’s context. A narrow definition would be restrictive and could disqualify potential candidates who have been “accepted” as a member of the Malay community, he added. “It is better to be inclusive. Otherwise, (it) may lead to divisiveness in the Malay community,” he said.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/reserved-presidential-election-casts-spotlight-malayness

So my take that Chinese can be Malay is a real possibility isit based on the second expert? Heck, let’s juz say that Indian blood is necessary to be president. Or better still, that from now on, the president must be the result of a mixed marriage. Halimah can set the precedent of the president as a symbol of our multiracialism.

 

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19 Responses to “Got such thing as ‘Malay’ race meh?”

  • Mainstreet Citizen:

    For as many years the National Anthem is being played in the Malay language (how many Singaporeans understand it at all?) and one do not hear of the Political Jokers talking about the need to have it played in other languages as well, yet just when their preferred candidate risk a high chance of losing in an open contest, they’re all parroting about the need to have a reserved contest for a particular race. Whatever their political intentions are, people are not stupid.

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  • Eligibility:

    All 3 are eligible. Indian + Muslim = Malay. Hahaha.

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  • Bystander:

    Oh, so Harimau whose father is Indian Muslim but Mama is Malay also considered Malay. What about many Chinese converts who marry Malay women,
    their kids considered Malay also ah.

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  • Not stupid:

    I know what you want to do, my race is not stupid.

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  • I am Tony Tan Jiak Liao Bee:

    Tan Cheng Bok should go for his sunat and declare himself a Malay tomorrow, no need to appeal on his challenge, since an Indian can be classified as a malay.
    The PAPIGS are playing the racial card.

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  • LIONS:

    ‘MALAY’ is malay,it is as simple as ABC unless SCHOLAR-MIWs are sotongs,even LUCY WONG???

    muslim indian is still indian,whichever way you look at it; you can call it INDIAN MUSLIM just as well but it is still AN INDIAN ,no less,no more.

    if scholars cant get this right,i dunno wat to say.

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  • AYalam Dalam:

    what happened to meritocracy? if for years they did not manage to pick a malay president is their own basah. after all its meritocracy get it? cant blame us if they just dont cut. if for years chinese is under represented eg in Malaysia or Indonesia, do you think they would bother to make it a chinese only EP? then the other races will cry foul. high and low. now, we have reserved for Malay only EP, we chinese must diam diam otherwise we will look like racists.
    PAP should NOT play the race card. Its going to be their biggest mistake in the eyes of most Singaporeans.

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  • Is Batak Condidered a Malay?:

    The Bataks from Indonesia are generally Christians. Can they be considerd Malays as there are also quite a sizable number of them in Singapore ? There used to be a Kampong Batak in Jalan Eunos.

    If they can be considered a Malay, then Christian Malay can take part in the PE.

    Getting very confusing.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    One other implication of allowing Harimau , Farid n Khan to run for reserved EP is that it makes Sgs who are Indian father /malay mother mix or Indian muslims more equal or better off than other fellow SGs in that they can run for both open n reserved EP . Whereas SGs who are chinese , Tamil Indians, Eurasians n others can only run for open EP.

    It also begs the question – suppose Indian muslim like Farid or Khan had run in OPEN EP n won, will he be counted by pap as Indian n not Malay bcos his presidency was won on the open category ?? This mus b clarified now by pap to prevent pap to suka suka count whichever is to their advantage in future.

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  • rukidding:

    I once was told that New Citizen of Philipino Origins are being indicated as “Malay” in their Pink ID card.?

    Funny indeed !

    How true is this ?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    nizhemoshou:
    One other implication of allowing Harimau , Farid n Khan to run for …….

    It also begs the question – suppose Indian muslim like Farid or Khan had run in OPEN EP n won, will he be counted by pap as Indian n not Malay bcos his presidency was won on the open category ?? This mus b clarified now by pap to prevent pap to suka suka count whichever is to their advantage in future.

    In future?? To solve this problem created by PAP, to keep itself in power, is to get rid of the PAP, so that PAP has no future!!

    PAP has created two greatest problems for Singapore and Singaporeans; One the 6.9M population. This policy causes transport problem, MRT breakdown every other day. Cost of housing rocketed into outer space. Hospitals running out of bed. etc…

    Two, changed the constitution of EP. There was never any problem of race in the Elected President. Now this changes created confusion and division amongst the Malays. Now who is truly a Malay???

    Getting rid of PAP is the best solution. It stops all abuse of power. Singaporeans can take back Singapore and return to living our lives with Rule of Law.

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  • to have the cake and eat it:

    //the reserved election “inevitably puts race up front and centre”. However, it is “imperative that we do not get too hung up over the race” of a presidential hopeful, he said.//

    another white idiotic plp tok kok statement.

    up front and centre and yet do not get too hung up over the race. trying to have the cake and eat it ? thought that the white idiots spent so much time and wayang changing constitupation and trying to be too wayang technical in their own wayang favor.

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  • peterinjb:

    PAP scholars just opened a giant can of worms… this should be fun to watch….much better than any TCS dramas…
    Freaking whole cast of Tanglin can be eligible since their intermarriages and cross cultural relationships so long and windy and complicated.

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  • one is brudder or not brudder:

    //So my take that Chinese can be Malay is a real possibility isit based on the second expert?//

    of course can lar, it is a matter of definition or redefining the original definition. if constitution can change, likewise definition can also change as far as the white monkey idiots say so lar. the white idiots and gang are bidding for the title of the world’s greatest clowns.

    like when it comes to legal suits, it may well be defined whether one is brudder or not brudder lar – like one famous white idiotic woody woodpecker has seemed to allude to.

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  • Performance, duty and not race:

    The important functions of the EP have nothing to do with race. The question is Can he/she performs the duty to guard the national reserves and be held responsible for it.

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  • Wayang-Msia Defines Malay:

    All this special EP to block Tan Cheng Bok from Standing???
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    Of course, it is all Wayang – prevent non-Pay-n-Pay to stand. . .
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    Dr Thum Ping Tjin mentioned how Msia defines “Malay” – 3min mark
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjFcjSzFBm0
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    The AristoCATS find all ways to push their agenda.
    Soon, they will stumble – terribly !

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  • Wok can Cook:

    Since you play it this way…I will only consider and vote for an Orang Laut descendant for president. Any qualified?

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  • never trust pap:

    WTF. How not to think a lot about racial identifty when the election is reserved for a “Malay” president especially given that it seems that being a “Malay” is a cultural issue, not an ethnic (ie racial) issue.

    pap own self check ownself.

    pap own self say one thing but does another.

    pap own self say if defamed and no sue sue must resign. but this only applies in talk only. in reality abuse parleement to cry father cry mother why brither cannot be sued why sister cannot be sued why Mr Roy Ngerng easily sued.

    we are four votes. we no go voting. we go holiday. when letter comes asking why no go voting, we give reason we do not believe in race language or religion but we believe in the best person to serve us and since Dr TCB is not on ballot paper we went holiday. better than waste time going to vote for some dog some pig some CB we don’t know when is india when is malaysia.

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  • Mockery of our Pledge:

    We the citizens of Spore, pledge ourselves as one united people. Regardless of RACE, language or religion.

    The EP criteria sure makes a mockery of our Pledge. Period

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