What have the Singaporean Malays achieved?

This is a speech by the editor of Berita Harian, Singapore:

Speech by Berita Harian editor Guntor Sadali, at the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Awards ceremony on July 28, 2010

  1. It is a fact known to all that Malays in Singapore is a minority. However this minority is quite different from other minorities in the world.
  2. Similarly, to some, Singapore is just a red dot in this vast Asian region. But it is no ordinary red dot.
  3. It is a grave mistake to equate size with ability, just as it is wrong to assume that being small and in the minority is to be weak and insignificant. The recent World Cup proved this. While Spain may be the world champion, it was minnow Switzerland that became the only country in the tournament that was able to defeat Spain.
  4. Forty-five years have passed since Singapore left Malaysia, yet every now and then we still hear non-complimentary comments from across the Causeway about the Malay community here.
  5. The latest came from former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who casually reminded Malaysian Malays not to become like Singaporean Malays.
  6. He did not make it clear what he actually meant, but the comment was made in the context of the possibility of Malaysian Malays losing their power in Malaysia.
  7. Again he did not specify what type of power, but it could safely be interpreted as political power.
  8. Now, what could have happened to the Malays here in the last four decades? What could have driven Dr Mahathir to voice his concern and to caution the Malaysian Malays? I wonder.
  9. The Malay community in Singapore, of course, know what has become of us here. First and foremost, we have become a completely different community from what we were 45 years ago.
  10. We have developed our own identity and philosophy of life that are distinct from our relatives across the Causeway. We may wear the same clothes, eat the same food, speak the same language and practise the same culture.
  11. However, the similarities end there. We are now a society that uphold the philosophy of wanting to stand on our own feet, or what is known in Malay as ‘berdikari’ or ‘berdiri atas kaki sendiri’.
  12. We do not believe in being spoon-fed or being too dependent on government help. In other words, we do not have a crutch mentality. We firmly believe that a community with such a crutch mentality will soon become a “two M” community – the first ‘M’ stands for ‘manja’ (spoilt), and the second for ‘malas’ (lazy). We definitely do not want to be labelled as a pampered and lazy community.
  13. That is why our Malay community here constantly work hard to raise funds to build our own mosques, madrasahs and other buildings in expensive and land-scarce Singapore.
  14. Over the years we have raised millions of dollars to become proud owners of these buildings. Through our own efforts and with the help of other organisations, we have also helped the needy not only financially, but also in equipping them with new skills so that they can earn their living.
  15. For Dr Mahathir, however, all that we have done and achieved so far are not good enough. He takes a negative view of our changed attitudes and different mindset, and has therefore cautioned Malaysian Malays not to be like us.
  16. What about power? For Malays in Singapore, power is not about wielding the keris. For us, knowledge is power. In fact we believe that knowledge is THE real power.
  17. The constant emphasis by the community on the importance of education and acquiring knowledge has led to the formation of institutions such as Mendaki, Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP), the Prophet Mohamad Birthday Memorial Scholarship Board (LBKM) and many others.
  18. These self-help organisations not only provide financial help to needy students, but also strive to nurture our students to their full potential. At the same time, these organisations help to tackle various social ills faced by the community.
  19. Again, we do these all on our own. Malay children here attend the same schools as other Singaporeans with a shared aim – to obtain a holistic education and, of course, achieve good examination results. Yes, it is tough. Like all other children, our Malay students have no choice but to work hard. It is a reality of life in Singapore that we have come to accept – that there is certainly no short cut to success. We do not believe in getting any special treatment, because it would only reduce the value of our achievements and lower our dignity.
  20. The meritocratic system that we practise here is, without doubt, a tough system but it helps us to push ourselves and prevent us from becoming ‘manja’ and ‘malas’.
  21. Still, Dr Mahathir and some Malay leaders across the Causeway do not like the way we do things here and have therefore warned Malaysian Malays not to be like us. On our part, there is certainly no turning back. Meritocracy has proven to be a good and fair system.
  22. It pushes us to work hard and makes us proud of our achievements. We can see how it has benefited us by looking at the growing number of doctors, lawyers, magistrates, engineers, corporate leaders and other professionals among us. It is the successes and achievements of some of these people that Berita Harian wants to highlight and celebrate when we launched this Achiever Award 12 years ago.
  23. Tonight, we have another role model to present to our community. So, the question is: Shouldn’t our friends and relatives across the Causeway be like us – Malays in Singapore?
  24. It is definitely not for us to suggest or decide. And we too have no intention of asking our own community if we would like to be like them either, because we have already chosen our very own path for the future.
  25. We, the Malays in Singapore, should be proud of our achievements, because we have attained them through hard work. It is true that what we have achieved so far may not be the best, and that we are still lagging behind the other races. There are large pockets in our community facing various social problems.
  26. We have achieved so much, and yet there is still a long way to go. But we should not despair. We can do a lot more on our own if the community stay united and cohesive. In critical issues, we should speak with one voice. We need to help and strengthen each other while at the same time reach out to the other communities in multi-racial, multi-religious Singapore.
  27. A successful and prosperous Singapore can only mean a successful and prosperous Malay community. Can we do it? Well, to borrow US President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan, “Yes, we can”.


What have the Singaporean Malays actually achieved for some of them to feel this way? What is their income per capita (relatively, compare to the rest of Singapore)? is there even a public listed company which is managed by a Singaporean Malay, let alone controlled by one? What is the number of businesses they own? What is the number of graduates they have? What is the number of top civil servants? What is the number of senior executives in Singapore blue chips and MNCs? What is the number and property they own?

All these questions should be answered with relevant corresponding data, to the Singaporean economy as a whole.

Can anyone actually list them?

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  1. Bagaimana dengan tulisan ini. Penulisnya bukan orang politik.


    Atau tulisan ini,


    Jika ada sesiapa dari Berita Harian Singapura yang membaca di sini dan bukan mustahil berpandangan berbeza dari editornya Guntor Sadali, jadi Selamat Membaca untuk kalian.

  2. Its doesn’t take much to know Gunthor Sadali is nothing more but a PAP cader like many other typical Singaporean Malays involved with the PAP.

    Even after 45 years of proud non racial and meritokrsi culture Singapore MINDEF still ban muslim personels in certain quarters in army base, 5A “A level” malay muslim students were denied in medical and law faculty,
    Muslimah students can’t wear the purdah in goverment public schools, restriction of the azan in mosque, and not mentiong the Racist nature of HDB policies that will gurantee PAP election succes in the GRC island wide.

    YES these are just a few examples on how “unracist” the PAP goverment is. KUDOS to Singaporean malays like Gunthor Sadali and many other Singaporean Malays who are involved with the PAP. Its bastards like Gunthor Sazali that gives Malay muslims in Singapore a bad name. Not all of us think like him.

  3. If the Singaporean Malays think they are so good enough… This is a few questions for them…~

    How many Singaporean Malays own a “Bungalow” in Singapore?… Is there one?… Do they own terrace houses in Singapore?… How about a “semi-de”?… The only facts we know is that the Singaporean Malays mainly live & stay in “Flats” & apartments… Is there a SME company own by a Malay in Singapore?… How many engineering companies own by the Singaporean Malays?… Do they have their own supermarket?… Not say a mini shopping mall or a nice cozy small budget hotel…~

    And also how much did they contribute to Singapore’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) & Gross National Income (GNI) Per Capita?…~

    I’m waiting for the list too…~

    Actually… There’s more questions for them… But these is what we want to know first…~


    • “Is there a SME company own by a Malay in Singapore?… How many engineering companies own by the Singaporean Malays?… Do they have their own supermarket?… Not say a mini shopping mall or a nice cozy small budget hotel…~”

      Google “Shafie Shamsudin”.

      Also “Suhaimi Rafdi”

      Just some example.

      • Yada yada

        One swallow does not make a summer. Just two names and it is termed as “some example”.

        What a joke!

  4. Bro, the Malays thru out history has shown that they are very adaptable to the country where they take up roots. Many are familiar with Chinatown, Little India and the like but have you heard of Malaytown, no, because Malays will blend seamlessly into the country where they live. Unlike of course some of our citizens who are descendant of migrants who continues and insist to have their own vernacular schools refusing to mix with the majority and questioning the rights of the majority.

    The Singapore Malays are a minority unlike the Malays in Malaysia. They have been separated from us for over 40 years and have adapted to the ways of being a timid non questioning minority among the majority Chinese Singaporeans. Its no fun being a minority among the majority Chinese there but then they have been brainwashed by the PAP Government since lee kuan yew to accept and be counted fortunate to have a chauvinist chinese as their leader and accept whatever morsel that is thrown their way by the Government.

    So let them be. The Malays in Singapore will have to find their own way to success or whatever version of success that they want to achieve just like the Malays in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philiphines, Australia or anywhere else.

    • Argh, what brainwashed? Very funny….I will glady into an argument with those yellow skin anytime and will glad do so with any brown skin too.

      Timid? See yourself first man in the mirror before commenting about others.

  5. One thing for sure they do not come in your size.

  6. salam bigdog,
    i would like to refute point by point as the writer wrote:

    1. Yes unique. Malays are minority though they were once majority. read history.
    2. here comes the kiasu mentality.
    3. Ah now i get it! singapore is very similar to swiss cause they hv Foreign Talent Scheme. shortcut to instant sport success by giving citizenship to any gifted atletic souls.
    4. maybe the writer ought to hear non complimentary quotes from the former minister turn ghost writer othman wok n from Lee itself who said that chinese in Malaysia was marginalized. as far as i’m concern, no chinese in Malaysia disagree with him but here in Singapore, a Malay man name Guntor voluntarily plays the role of Lee’s lackey.
    5. yes, we dont want to breed a kiasu like mentality of malays community.
    6. Ok
    7. Right.
    8. Poor lost soul. He doesnt really have any idea what losing power in politic really feels like.
    9. Firstly did the writer REALLY know whats going on since the day Lee Dynasty took control? Their minds has been enslaved to be materialistic n kiasu like the rest of the islanders.
    10. yeah, yeah, u’re more competitive, living on a cubicle, more intelligent, more terer, voting for one party….
    11. so, is the writer assuming that each and single soul of Malaysian Malay are spoon fed by the government? the nelayan and petani who toils their sweats n gives us rice and seafoods? the pakcik who open coffeeshops in kampungs? the police n armed forced who work day n night to ensure the safety of Malaysians? aren’t they ‘berdikari’ enough to work the farm, sea, rubber plantation etc for the growth of the nation?
    12. fine u dont want or believe on being spoon fed. as far as i’m concern, spoon fed means the government will give u incentives in monetary/accessabilities privileges without any economic output. does giving a headstart to bumis to start a business or scholarship to enhance educational status falls under that category? i think the writer ought to redefine the word spoon fed.
    13. so what? we have various organizations, samaritans and philantrophist who also donates lots of money to islamic institution, build mosques, madrasah n suraus and for other religious purposes. just ask nik aziz and he will confirm that all masjid and surau in kelantan was built by the people itself, not the state government. n the good news is, unlike that red dot, the call of prayer can be heard loud n clear.
    14. yes, charity works are really appreciated. but intervention from the government is the most powerful force to empower the Malays. what’s the point of building this n that when u cannot empower through enforcement and policy making?
    15. this writer is really deluded. he really knows that Malays in Singapore hv no political power whatsoever. when u lose political power, u’ll lose your culture and origins. history hv taught us that. that’s wat Dr M was trying to say. but he’s afraid to elaborate on it, thats y he says in the 6-7th point ‘to be safe…..’
    16. we all know knowledge is power. Even Allah already decreed in the Quran that anyone who possess knowledge has a higher reputation than anyone who doesnt. but what left me bewildered is the ability of this self proclaimed ‘Melayu’ named Guntor Sadali to analogized keris as a symbol of power. maybe he was reminiscing us the time when hisham menteri amaran waving the keris in an UMNO assembly. the keris is itself a symbol of achievement of the ancient Malay world. it is an output from the KNOWLEDGE of our forefathers. to briefly summarize knowldege = medium, keris = output. get it guntor?
    17. I already mention this. In Malaysia we also hv self help institutions.
    18. as i said before, organisations can only helps curb social ills, but the power of the government can prevent it from happen. prevention is better than cure.
    19. it is not a newsflash that most students who score good grades comes from Chinese roots. what kind of treatment are u referring here? that a malays will always top the class although he/she is malas, manja, play truant? i never come across any cases. like u we also realise that there is no short cut to success. how many poor malay family sacrifice to school their childrens? do u have any idea?
    20. like any other system, meritocracy in Singapore is also open for abuses. how many top malay civil servants in the government? how many malay ministers are there in the cabinet? just open the sing gov portal n u’ll know instantly. how many malay Singapore owns corporations/enterprises? how many were entitled milionaires/bilionaires? n u’re bragging about a Malay Singapore who is now a CEO of Carrefour? what a pathetic!
    21. If u think it is the best system for u so be it. like wat bigdog says the numbers will tell. and as they say it, ignorance is bliss.
    22. so why dont u give us the NUMBERS, Guntor. Highlighting 1 or 2 successful Malays doesnt mean anything. yes, it might inspire u to work hard, but it still doesnt hide the fact that in democracy, majority rules n makes decision. n bad news for u, meritocracy is just a sweet dream created by the Lee Dynasty to make u feel better, Guntor. on the other hand, the sing gov is recruiting many chinese from mainland, taiwan n hongkong as well as mat sallehs from the US n Europes to head your corporations in the name of meritocracy too. funny eh when your government itself doesnt really trust on the Malay community but hv no problem to put that on pendatang asing. i hope u enjoy ur dream lad!
    23. No. we are not eager to be like u. we are not short of role models for Malay community in Malaysia to import it from u. Again, no thanks.
    24. so, it is written. to each its own!
    25. Achievement and power is a different thing my fren.
    26. Yes, in order to achieve higher status/achievement, u should start speaking in one language : Singlish, since its the official but not gazetted language on the island. n start changing your mentality towards a kiasu one, i can see that in this article. then learn to agree that the history of Singapore starts with the arrival of Francis Light. any form of history before that is non existent.
    27. What? Obama also a copycat?!!! Borrowing Dr M’s slogan “Malaysia Boleh” to “Yes We Can”? This Guntor guy hilariously look high upon Obama who is from mixed white/black descendant rather than Dr M who’s the same bangsa as he is even though Dr M popularized the Boleh/Can word. Seriously, this guy suffers from a huge inferiority complex due to hazardous Lee Dynasty rule.

    thanks for posting a funny article big dog. I really appreciate it!

    • Bravo Bro Jentayu,

      “27. What? Obama also a copycat?!!! Borrowing Dr M’s slogan “Malaysia Boleh” to “Yes We Can”?”

      –that sums up about this new Melayu kiasu mentality across the causeway–wish them good luck!

      • The phrase ‘Malaysia Boleh’ not created by Dr M. He took it from an ad campaign for a drink lah.

      • from ad campaign, fine lah…but who instill the “Malaysia Boleh” mentality? Obama?

  7. Click to access t75-81.pdf

    Table 79 Resident Households by Per Capital Monthly Household Income from Work, Ethnic Group and Sex of Head of Household

    This might help to give a general idea of household income according to ethnic group though data was 2005 but I am sure income improves in 2009-10

  8. You must know that Guntor Sadali is just slightly above mediocre Singaporean who writes BH the subsidy of SPH (Singapore Press Holdings) that market The Straits Times. He’s just a Malay editor of BH the Malay Paper and when we read his article he sounded as though he lacked analytical assessment of the strives some Malay political leaders like Tun Mahathir. However, he writes merely to provide cool air to the present local government. This BH is the only Malay local sg newspaper that is vetted for

    huge articles on social, economy and entertainment. At one time, this newspaper published an odd advertisement that promoted Poligamy or marrying second wives.”Badan cantik seperti isteri no 2!” As stated on the ad. That made me refuse to buy the BH anymore.
    Mostly the riches are not Malays. The latest “Anugerah BH” is not so wealthy as compared to the other races like Chinese or Indians.

  9. 2nd class pariah,
    likewise, if u think Malaysia is that bad, why dont u imigrate to the red dot down there. the writer itself never points out that Dr M talk about the economic status of Malays in Malaysia and Singapore. do u hv problem understanding an article pariah?

  10. 15%..Malays and 7%Indians(+-) of Rep.S’pura total population.
    In the political scenario wise…the Indian’s fares much more better thou. They do have a top position in the PAP Cabinets line-up and many more at decision making cum at important levels.
    BTW…many have had been said… but my only take here is …Malays of S’pura should produce more babies..!!!

  11. What a joker this fler …

    The speech may be in a Malay Muslim voice but the brains of the writer is definitely anti-Malaysia and anti-Tun Dr M.

    Landowners morphing into mere flat-owners just for 99 years is “success”???

    The Malay students mostly end up in technical institutes is another sign of “success”???

    Dysfunctional families, single parents, divorced/separated parents also a sign of “success”???

    Most cleaners, despatch riders, clerical assistants are Malays.

    The youth have adopted western culture and many are christians waiting to declare their change of faith. Abortion rates are highest among Malay girls. Premarital sex is prevalent and teenage pregnancies are mostly among Malay girls.

    Toy boys who earn their keep by moonlighting as gay partners are also prevalent among Malays.

    To get peanuts when others are munching on walnuts and almonds is termed as “success”???

    What a laugh!!!

    • Look like u just describe issues of Malaysian Malay 🙂

      Kes buang bayi, anak luar nikah, cerai, keluarga retak, escort jambu, penghuni flet kos rendah (dirtier & unsafe than HDB), kes dadah, graduan menganggur… yep, isu-isu diklg Malaysian Malay

      • Hey beat it

        Did you know that the UN representative is VERY concerned over the MARGINALISATION of singapore Malays and will be completing a report mid 2011 to STATE their troubling observations. Issues such as the SAF having no high ranking Malay Muslims, the hdb quota (very racist and segregating), the educational lag of the Malays due to the absence of proactive policies to assist them.

        Whether you want to admit it or not, the report will show the red dot in a bad light vis-a vis their so-often claims to meritocracy.

        Hey beat it, don’t say you were not warned …

      • I’m a Malay Singaporean and aku boleh katakan rationya lagi banyak di Singapura dari Malaysia

        remember Malaysia is a real country and Singapore is well… an island… corporation

  12. Good luck to Singaporean Malays in competing for jobs with imported Chinaman..heard 100 000 are coming your way..now the Singapoore malays can no longer work as waiters and trash collectors which is what Lee Kuan Yew think Malays should be!!

  13. This is just a pitiful rambling of a loser.What a pity. He dosn’t have anything to call his own. Every thing starts with zero. Like an abandoned child he is left to fend for himself. If you are proud of what you go through now, it is because you are being pholosophical. Personally I dont care two bloody hoots about this particular malay.

    He is an example of what we Malays do not want to be in this land of our ancestors. In this beautiful Tanah Melayu.

    This little dot is not the land of his ancestors any more. It has no history…

    Come on Melayu dont ever be like this arse hole. Our ancestors leave this land intact for us dont ever lose it.

    Let us protect it the easy way..through clever politics. We dont have to spill blood..


  14. Motto baru. Kami tuntut keadilan, tapi utamakan kebenaran!!! boleh dak? :)))

  15. “16. What about power? For Malays in Singapore, power is not about wielding the keris. For us, knowledge is power. In fact we believe that knowledge is THE real power.”

    So Guntor, what is the Real Malay Power in Singapore? Mohd LeeKuanYew your Malay Prime Minister who decided that Malay Muslim Sultan never existed before Francis Light? that the last Malay Palace should be vanished from Singapore map? that Malays real power are not worth to be Full Minister (or even President anymore)? or Army Commanders or Sembawang Police Chief? Or CEO of Singapore Khazanah, GLCs (oops you have one CEO of Carrefour, wow fantastic, fabulous!!!)? and you totally agreed with 100,000 imported ‘mata-sepet malaypigs’ from China mainland coz all ‘mata-tak-sepet asli’ Malays in Singapore are already too intellectual to become coffee boys, general workers, garbage collectors’?

    You Guntor must be the ‘new real Malay Singapore power ranger’ then, thanks so much to the malay convert PM Mohd Leekuanyew.

    Btw, was your first Sultan of Singapore has no grave in the Island? or the majesty then decided that Malacca was the right place to rest in peace?

    Guntor oh Guntor,

    Samad Allipitchay (not the footballer)
    Defamed Singapore Malay,

  16. I have relatives on both sides of the causeway, so here’s what I think is really the fact:

    Malays in Singapore are the same as Malays in Malaysia. Same blood, and same psyche. A few are really successful, many are so-so, and some are hopeless. Some Singapore Malays are successful, and some Malaysian Malay are truly smart and successful (even without any government support). Many Singapore Malays are hopeless, and so are Malaysian Malays too. Now consider this: If the Malays in Singapore were to be the majority, and rule the country – Singapore will be no different from Malaysia (or even Indonesia). And if the Chinese in Malaysia were to be the majority, and rule the country, then Malaysia will be no different from Singapore (as it is now).

    And I disagree with some opinions (and books) that said that Lee Kuan Yew succeeded in building a nation; he succeeded in building up material wealth, yes, but then can you name me any poor Chinese-majority country? He (and the current PMs) has no solution to the Malay problem.

  17. To all you freaking losers Malaysian Malays,watch this video and tell me what do you think of Singaporean Malays.

    • What should we be thinking after watching this? Except me thinking that 4:09 mins of my life is gone that I can never get back no matter how much I wish..

      • What nonsense are you talking about?Please talk straight to the point.

        I just wish Malaysian Malays understood the wisdom of intergenerational mobility.

        Click to access lky19650315a.pdf

        Read through the whole script of the above link(ESPECIALLY page 10)and judge for yourself.

  18. Hmm…deluded. Typical poor sense of history and reading materials. No doubt the Malay minority races have problem, but so do other races. In Singapore, unfortunately, the worse thing about being Malay is not really know the history of Malays. A Chinese is more equipped with the China’s history of “The Three Kingdoms” than a Singaporean Malay in their own Malay annals. Do you?

    And this guy can quote things so vainly (rather imperiously) so easily as about “meritocracy”,”knowledge is power”,philosophy of wanting to stand on our own feet”? Man, this guy needs to read to compare the Singapore statistics yearly to get info on comparing the races, not some daily newspapers or TV channel news . Goodness sake, Even Americans can know their CNN and Fox News has some “smell of dubious information” lingering in their country’s media. And here, this guy can’t smell a smoke even in his own land.

    Just introduce some simple book such as “The Singapore Dilemma” by Lily Zubaidah Rahim and see what the guy has to say about his own history 🙂 Though some of her conclusions are argumentable, but the information and sources is strong and debative.

  19. i was born, educated and work in singapore all my life but in 1997 i was laid-off FIRST just because im a malay (and some other colleagues of mine) and my other CHINESE colleagues stays on and now im happily lived in MALAYSIA and have a family here..

    LKW once labeled people like us (the migrated ones) were traitors and unfaithful to their country..and why do people like us did that?..go figure!

    1. i wanted to be a doctor but was offered Arts in the NUS eventho i was qualified to study medicine there.
    2. i was given senior technician position while my other CHINESE friend (who graduated from the same fac as me) was given an engineer post at the same company that we joined together. (btw im an honors graduates and he was NOT)
    3. i was exempted from the NS.(Im so sure that i’ll be going to an OCT school if i were enlisted then as i was a Pes.A candidate during the IPPT)
    4. we the malays we laid-off FIRST at our previous company during the global recession in 1997.

    So WHAT THE HELL are you talking about my fellow SINGAPOREANS that we the MALAYS achieved the moon and stars at the red dot??Yeah you need to LICK all those CHINESE ASSES there to realized one dream.

    ohh btw..what AMP have done to us when the 1997 economic meltdown struck then?..NOTHING!!!..

    right now im happily live and work here in MALAYSIA.i may be a PR but atleast im proud to be in MALAYSIA.and Dr.M was right all along about the MALAYS in Singapore.So STOP being defensive about it and just ADMIT it!

    We dont have to tell others of the Malays who holds a senior positions in the government or the private sectors..but pls do tell me how many MALAYS do own a car per family in Singapore?

    Btw..my malaysian friends..i may be jailed for writing this if i were in Singapore..so you cant blame them for writing all the good things and defended the SINGAPURA GOVERNMENT and its POLICY!

    Bekas Anak Singapura
    Blk 404, Clementi Avenue 1
    Merlimau Pri.School
    Toh Tuck Sec.School
    Jurong Junior College
    National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts & Social Science (Economics)

    • saya pun sudah duduk di Malaysia and loving’ it

      Anak Singapura

  20. This articles from one singapore chinese abt their malays :-

    Although very much a part of Singapore’s modernizing society, the Malays conspicuously occupied the bottom rungs of that society; their position illustrated a correlation between ethnicity and class that presented a major potential threat to social stability. With the lowest level of educational attainment of any ethnic group, the Malays were concentrated at the low end of the occupational hierarchy and had average earnings that were 70 percent of those of Chinese. Malays had a higher crime rate than other groups and in 1987 accounted for 47 percent of the heroin addicts arrested. The 1980 census showed that 86 percent of the Malay work force was in the clerical, service, and production sector; 45 percent of all employed Malays worked on assembly lines, largely in foreign-owned electronics factories. Only 8 percent of all professional and technical workers (including schoolteachers), and 2 percent of all administrative and managerial personnel were Malays. Malays dropped out of the competitive school system in large numbers, and those who continued past primary school were concentrated in vocational education programs. In 1980 they made up only 1.5 percent of all university graduates and 2.5 percent of students enrolled in higher education.

    In sharp contrast to neighboring Malaysia with its policies of affirmative action for the Malay majority, Singapore’s government insisted that no ethnic group would receive special treatment and that all citizens had equal rights and equal opportunities. The potential threat, however, posed by the overlap between Malay ethnicity and low educational achievement and occupational status, was clear. Demonstrating the Singaporean propensity for discussing social affairs in terms of “race,” both government spokesmen and Malay intellectuals tended to attribute the Malays’ economic position and educational performance to something inherent in the Malay personality or culture, or to their supposed “rural” attitudes. The ways in which lower income and ill-educated Malays resembled or differed from the very many lower income and ill- educated Chinese, who had very different cultural backgrounds, were not addressed.

    In 1982 the prime minister defined Malays’ educational difficulties as a national problem and so justified government action to improve their educational performance. The colonial government had provided free but minimal education, in the Malay language, to Malays but not to Chinese or Indians, on the grounds that the Chinese and Indian residents of Singapore, even those born there, were sojourners. In the colonial period most English- language schools were run by churches or missionaries, and many Malays avoided them for fear of Christian proselytization. Although after independence schooling in Singapore was not free (fees were generally low, but the government felt that people would not value education if they did not pay something for it), Malays continued to receive free primary education. In 1960 that benefit was extended to secondary and higher education, although the free schooling was offered only to those the government defined as Malay, which excluded immigrant Indonesians whom the Malays regarded as part of their community. Throughout the 1960s and most of the 1970s, most Malay children continued to attend schools that taught only in Malay, or, if they taught English at all, did so quite poorly. Opportunities for secondary and higher education in the Malay language were very limited. Although many Malays were employed in the public service or as drivers or servants for foreign employers, in almost all cases the language used at work was the grammatically and lexically simplified tongue called Bazaar Malay.

  21. cium bontot cina la jawabannye untuk berjaya di singapura

  22. i seen so many fools replies in here.
    having a bunglow?CEO in SME or MNCs?
    yes,you will get those semi-d bungalows and ceo and director as a malaysian malay without working as hard and much effort like the malaysian chinese and indians..

    the malaysian chinese and indians even though without all the bumis benefits are the top richest in malaysia, excluding those malays in the list because they are connected to government and are always awarded the state contracts on account of being bumi companies.
    am i wrong?

    my malay relatives over the causeway always lament and dislike the indians and chinese.but they never look at themselves in the mirror.
    they are given all the welfare and benefits and yet they are still not as successful as the indians and chinese.
    but when they see how some malaysian indians and chinese are so rich, they starts to get green eye.
    the malaysian indians and chinese have my utmost respect that they can be so successful without all the benefits.

    i lived in a HDB flat like all my neighbours of other races and my flat value can easily buy 4 of my relatives home(landed) in johor and my car(valid for 10years)can buy 4 of their protons as well which they can drive for a lifetime. even though it’s nothing to speak of in singapore but at least i didn’t receive any benefits for buying houses and cars in singapore.

    i studied my way thru and got into local university without the help of bumi quota in singapore. i am amazed that someone could lie his way talking of 5A and not getting in medical/law faculty. if that’s so, then he must be the 1st and only malay who couldn’t get into and BH definitely will be interested to have interview with him.

    to those losers who keep talking about us being sidelined.
    if you are a singaporean, wake up and stop dreaming.
    if you are a malaysian, enjoy your bumi benefits while it lasts.

  23. Typical singaporean malays can brag all day long but it does not change the fact that u dont have the power to rule for the beneficial of ur own race. Shame on u!

  24. Suka hati korang kalao nk cakap kita orang melayu singapura nk cium bodek c*** ke apa?!!Tapi apa beza org yg maju di negeri kau…Datin datuk dtg singapura nk gelak beli barang mahal2 nk cemburukan melayu singapura.Pegilah!!Kau pikir aku heran ke??Nie Hidup mati anak Singapura!!Or let me use my ‘National’ language.English.I respect all,regardless of RACE,LANGUAGE OR RELIGION.Now what do u have to say??Nth??Then my suggestion juz shut up n stop talking bout my people.

    • For the ‘BEKAS’ Melayu Singapura.Good luck ehk!Hope u guyz will enjoy ur new life there bcoz we also dun need Unpatriotic people like u in our country.We only want people that honour this country.

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