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The day when the richest Malaysians are truly Malaysians February 18, 2010

Posted by zhiyuan in Politics, Society.

Top Ten Richest People in Malaysia (as at 15 Jan 2010)

1) Tan Sri Robert Kuok (Kuok Group)

2) Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan (Telecommunication)

3) Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng (IOI Corporation Bhd)

4) Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow (Public Bank)

5) Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (Genting Group)

6) Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan (Hong Leong Group)

7) Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary (Al-Bukhary Foundation)

8) Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua (Genting Group)

9) Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King (Rimbunan Hijau Group)

10) Tan Sri Vincent Tan (Berjaya Group)

Take a look at the latest list of the ten richest people in Malaysia (or see above) and you might begin to wonder if there really is a pro-bumiputera economic policy in Malaysia. With eight of the top ten in the list are of Chinese ethnicity, it would be difficult to believe that the pro-bumiputera NEP (Malaysian New Economic Policy, ended 1990) & NDP (National Development Policy) economic policy had been in existence for nearly forty years.

You might argue that the list represents the reason of the continuous existence of NDP (National Development Policy) until today; or you might argue that the richest people list is hardly a fair enough indicator of the real income distribution among different ethnicity in Malaysia (in fact it might just be fair enough – average Chinese household income are significantly higher than of other ethnicity). However, both arguments could not hide the fact that the forty years old NEP & NDP policy should have done better in terms of ethnicity distribution in the top ten richest people list.

Most of the news articles on the list that I read do not seem to touch on the blatant obvious element of ethnicity inequality. The mainstream (or government-linked) newspapers appear to be taking a direct, no-nonsense journalistic approach by briefly introducing the top ten people and the new comers; while Malaysiakini’s article title certainly beats others in emphasizing the appearance of political-linked businessmen in the top forty list (“Dr M’s son, Najib’s brother among richest M’sians”).

What worries me most is the first impression I got from reading the top ten richest Malaysian list – ethnicity inequality. Not the inequality part, but the very thought of ethnicity inequality still appears first in my mind whenever I look at statistical data in Malaysia. After fifty-three years of independence and an average Malaysian like myself still thinks ethnicity first, nationality second. Will the day when the richest Malaysians in Malaysia are TRULY Malaysians ever arrived?

Will the day when the richest people on earth are TRULY earthlings ever arrived?

Law above love February 7, 2010

Posted by zhiyuan in Politics, Society.

He was nervous. He had met him for the first time few months earlier in person, and until today, he still got nervous at the very thought of seeing him again. He thought he was early, but he was already there, looking as charismatic as ever, finishing the food on his plate.

“My idol,” he mumbled in his heart, trying to control his heartbeat so that he would not look nervous as he approached the dining table. “Not in front of him, of all people…” he thought. He gave him a charming smile, the very smile that had captured so many ladies’ hearts in the past, “would it work on him too?” he thought.

“Ahh… you are early, come, have a sit,” his voice is as inspiring as he first heard him on TV, making a speech on the need of a open market in the country.

“Can I f*ck you?”

He was stunned. He would not forget what happened next for the rest of his life. The bed, the sweat, the passion – he is in love, or is he?

For the next two days, however, he struggled. “No, this is not right!” he could not sleep. “It’s against the law!” he yelled. “I have to abide to the law,” he decided. He did not bath, he did not go to the toilet. “I need to keep the evidence,” he thought. He did not go to the police first, “I have wasted two days, I need to extract the evidence as soon as possible!” so he went to the hospital. He was so determined, as shown by his never-give-up attitude in finding the right hospital (on his third try) which would extract his “evidence”.

He is the perfect citizen, one who put law above love.

If everyone is behaving like him, there would be no love-related crime in our world. He is unreal.

ZYXW: Purpose of Life June 14, 2009

Posted by zhiyuan in Personal, Society.

It's ironic when two of the most important things in your life conflict with each other ...

ZYXW: Global Warming June 10, 2009

Posted by zhiyuan in Environment.

Inspired by XKCD… this is ZYXW. Enjoy.

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