A History Lesson

Question from a Form 3 (Gr. 9) History Workbook

Translation (because I know not everyone who reads here can understand Malay):

Supposing you are a leader, state two steps you can take to protect the status quo of the Malay people.

(2 marks)

Textbook pages 107-108

The Malay people constitute the vast majority of Malaysia’s population who enjoy Bumiputera status – in other words, special rights and privileges.  This is very different from, say, protecting and respecting the rights of Native Americans or Aboriginal Australians or any other affirmative action practices that serve minority or indigenous groups.  The Malays of Malaysia are neither.

The above question is like asking the following question in an Australian or UK or US or Canadian or NZ history book:

Supposing you are a leader, state two steps you can take to protect the status quo of the White people.


Edited to add:

“Sekiranya”?  Oleh kerana saya bukan orang Melayu, tak mungkin langsung saya boleh menjadi pemimpin yang ada apa-apa pengaruh terhadap pertahanan status quo orang Melayu. Soalan ini tidak mengena saya, jadi saya tidak boleh jawab soalan ini.

English, please:

“Supposing”?  Since I am not a Malay, there is no way I could be a leader that had any influence on the protection of the status quo of the Malay people. This question does not affect me and therefore I cannot answer it.


About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012, in History, Malaysia. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Xenophobia is commonplace in many parts of the world. The French are known for being protective of their culture. But that’s more culture than it is race-specific. Racism sucks.


  2. “Racism sucks.”

    It sure does.

    The irony is that the Malaysian government is trying to encourage unity among all citizens.

    I get ‘culture protection’. Australia is very proud of its culture. And I am happy to say that ‘Australian culture’ includes aspects of all the different peoples (to varying degrees) that make up this country. Like the US, Australia is largely made up of migrants.

    This is beyond culture protection. This is elevating the status of one race (ethnic group) over others.


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