Foreigners Are Not Indispensible In Malaysia
May I first wish ALL CHINESE, ALL OVER THE WORLD, and in particular MALAYSIAN CHINESE, a very happy CHINESE NEW YEAR. May the year of the TIGER bring greater STRENGTH to our economy, and PROSPERITY for all.
TIGER is one of the strongest animals on earth. In the past we used to have giant animals like DRAGONS and GARUDA(giant bird). However, like DINOSORS, both DRAGONS and GARUDA became extinct too, when they failed to adapt to their surrounding environments. TIGERS have to know how to adapt themselves to avoid extinction like other giant animals.
In Malaysia, CHINESE NEW YEAR is one of official public holidays, in recognition of the IMPORTANCE of the Chinese to Malaysia as a whole. Since their forefathers 19th and 20th centuries landing on the shores of Tanah Melayu states, and granted citizens of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in 1953, the Chinese had progressed LEAP AND BOUND. Like other so-called OVERSEAS CHINESE(term used by European writers) in other Southeast-Asian countries, they have dominated the economy of the HOST COUNTRIES. In Malaysia, 80% of TOP 100 richest persons are CHINESE.
So much so, there are certain claims made by certain people that, WITHOUT THE CHINESE, Malaysia would not have reached the ECONOMIC HEIGHTS that the country has achieved so far. There are those who went overboard, claiming that it was the CHINESE ENTERPRISE which had SUBSIDISED the emergence of new MALAY BUSINESS COMMUNITY. To them, without the Chinese hard work, the Malays would remain poor farmers and fishermen in remote Malay ‘kampungs’.
For those who harbour such NAUGHTY way of thinking, why do not they compare the success of OVERSEAS CHINESE, to the poverty of CHINESE FARMERS back home in China. If the ECONOMIC ENTERPRISE is intrinsicly CHINESE, why then the farmers back home in China are as poor as the Malay farmers in deep rural areas of Kelantan, Kedah and Sabah.
There are certain pre-requisites to healthy economic development and PROSPERITY, including PEACE and POLITICAL STABILITY. Elements of PEACE and POLITICAL STABILITY were something hard to find in China. China’s long history would not be complete without chapters and chapters on ‘hell-bent’ WARLORDS responsible to ignite civil wars and lengthy conflicts among the states and regions within China. The Emperors and warlords would force the BUSINESS CLASS to fork out money and materials to oil their massive war machines. The avoid the ‘extortions’, the business class were forced to retreat further and further southwards, and eventually braved the high seas in search of lands of PEACE and SECURITY. Lands of Tanah Melayu under the British ‘protectorate’ 19th and 20th century were one of such PEACEFUL and SECURE lands, where business may thrive and PROSPER.
No doubt, the presence of FOREIGNERS helped the ECONOMIC GROWTH of the country. The availability of cheap foreign labourers, had allowed the locals to hire foreigners to undertake works which otherwise they have to do it by themselves. Just take the case of holidays like today, when most housemaids are on leave too, then house MASTERS have to do houseworks by themselves.
Infact, in many sectors of our economy, we have to depend on foreign workers. In construction, we have to depend on Indonesian workers. In mamak restaurants we have to depend on Indian/Pakistani workers. In plantations we have to depend on Bangladeshi workers. In security business, we have to depend on Nepali workers. Meaning, Indonesian workers, Indian/Pakistani workers, Bangladeshi workers and Nepali workers, in a way or another help us to MOVE our different sectors of the economy, hence contribute to our economic development and prosperity.
The same role was played by the Chinese and Indian workers who landed in Tanah Melayu in 19th and 20th century, to work in TIN MINES and RUBBER ESTATE. During those early years, the immigrant workers were not interested in WHO RULED THE COUNTRY. Their main objective to land here is to work hard, to ‘cari makan’, and earn their salaries, to be sent back to their loved ones back home in China and India.
Just like house-maids who can come and go, so are the FOREIGN WORKERS. Non of them are indispensible. The Malays will remain the CONSTANT FACTOR in ensuring the PEACE, STABILITY and PROSPERITY of this country.