Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shaun Tan-Brain in the Drain

I was advertently brought to the attention of a YALE student, whom we should all be proud for having authored an essay that made the finals of World Bank International Essay Competition, complete with damning his country, his Prime Minister and most importantly for his inherent, abject racism and bigotry.


Not to mention some US of A ball carrying. Have to man, ivy league what.

We are grateful to the Steering Committee of the competition for their ignorance and blindness, not of the impartiality kind, for accepting this flagrant racist prelude to the essay, The Migrant’s Eye,


























Pic of the bigot from YJIA. Even his face makes me wanna puke. Yeah I'm getting personal.


Exodus

Smart Indians go to med school,

Smart Chinese go to investment banks,

Smart Malaysians go to Singapore.

- Anonymous (prologue, Migrant's Eye)


As far as Master Shaun Tan is concerned Malays are inconsequential, not worthy of mention. Of course he implies something.

Here is an up and coming future opposition leader with the same vein and traits of fellow Singapore glorifying sycophants.

Yes, read Shaun Tan's losing ass'A' and you can easily see why this 24 year old is leadership material and will sit pretty darn well with the DAP.


Compare that to the winning entry from Ms Arpitha Kodiveri from India. See "Essay Category Winners" First Place here.

(The Back Door)


Excerpts


"Within a few weeks I was bored. New Zealand was charming enough in its own way, but it didn’t have the vibrancy of my home city of Kuala Lumpur, and I couldn’t imagine us choosing to live in this land of sheep and five o’clock closing times instead.

At university this trend continues. Many of my Malaysian friends plan to remain overseas after graduation, or to work in Singapore.

If violence ever broke out in Malaysia my family would have a back door, a way out.

No Brain, No Gain

(I must salute Shaun for an enterprising copy paste in this section)

The Malaysian Dilemma

(Shaun is surprised that his fellow students are aghast at his patriotism.)

Push and Pull

I’ve left a few unanswered questions over the course of this essay. Like why do loving (and well heeled) parents (like Shaun's) tell their children not to come home? And why do many Malaysians I think Malaysia deserves to lose its talented young people? Now at last is the time to answer them.


(Master Supremacist answers the unanswered)


But there’s a darker side. A side behind the strained tranquility and Malaysia Truly Asia (sorry Mr Zecha) adverts.

Since its independence in 1957, Malaysia has been run by the Barisan National (BN) party (cannot blame this Yale student, not being born when BN was established and is unaware of Perikatan), and its regime is an autocracy that institutionalizes racism.

Non-Malays, including the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, are discriminated against in favor of the majority Malays, whose support BN depends on.

Malaysian laws make non-Malays pay higher prices for certain goods and services, allocate them only a small percentage of places in public universities, and impose significant barriers against their advancement in the military, police force, civil service, and in government-owned companies. The BN government persecutes minority religions, and major Malay politicians often refer to Chinese and Indian Malaysians as pendatang (immigrants), of inferior status, while the current Prime Minister (apparently not Shaun's) Najib Razak is alleged to have threatened to ‘bathe a keris dagger with Chinese blood’.

Furthermore, the BN government is both grossly incompetent and highly corrupt. Billions of dollars in public funds are squandered on cronyism20* and ill-conceived mega-projects21* (*Yale student standard of reference, rofl), instead of being properly used to develop the country. The judiciary is largely comprised of underqualified yes-men, the police force is unreliable, and the public schools and universities are of low standard, such that even Malaysia’s top university, University Malaya, has dropped out of the top 200 universities in the world on all major rankings.22

This is why loving parents (the well heeled who can visit during spring, summer, autumn except winter when I ask them for duit balik kampong) tell their children not to come home. They don’t want their children to live as second-class citizens in Malaysia (the rich are upper class and must be acknowledged as such), where their ambitions will be limited by institutional inefficiency, where they will be passed over for promotion in favor of others, not for any lack of skill, but for the color of their skin. (Shaun had wanted to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) ‘Money does have a significant role but the most important factor…is opportunity,’ outlined Wan Saiful Wan an, Founding Chief Executive Member of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, ‘Malaysia is too politicized and opportunities are not evenly available to everyone,’23.


This is why Malaysians flock to Singapore, not because Singapore’s government is less despotic (it is even more so), but because the Singaporean government at least prizes efficiency (as long as you shut the %^&* up and don't write essays like this about Singapore when residing in Singapore), and recognizes merit regardless of race. When a Malaysian renounces his citizenship (in time like Shaun), he doesn’t see it as an unpatriotic betrayal, he sees it as washing his hands off a regime that has marginalized and persecuted him. As one Malaysian, Wan Jon Yew, explained: ‘I’m not proud of being a Malaysian because I think the government doesn’t treat me as a Malaysian.’24. Migration is beneficial because it increases efficiency; it allows young Malaysians to move to take their best offers, to move to where their ability is truly valued. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and migration helps to reduce this wastage.

Not all Malaysians mass-emigrating are Chinese and Indians. Many Malays are emigrating too. Although they do not face racial persecution, many of their reasons for doing so are the same as those of non-Malays: the corrupt and inefficient system, the lack of security and religious freedom, the quashing of free expression, human rights abuses. Furthermore, Malays face a different form of religious persecution – forced piety by the overzealous Islamic moral police. Non-Muslim Malays and Malay homosexuals are jailed or sent to ‘reeducation centers’25, and earlier this year 80 Malays were arrested for celebrating Valentine’s Day26. In light of this, Malaysia deserves to lose the talents of its young people. It doesn’t appreciate these talents; it punishes its best citizens (If you don't have a paper from an ivy league you are below Master Shaun) – those brave enough to stand up for themselves, or those too principled to fake devotion to a religion they don’t believe in – and instead it rewards its worst elements – the religious extremist, the racist, the sniveling sycophant. In a sense, we as Malaysian citizens deserve to lose the benefits those talents would have brought, because through our participation or collective inaction we allow this wretched state of affairs to continue. Migration is beneficial because it allows Malaysians to leave, and to live in a country that accords them the dignity commensurate with their status as a human being.

The Open (Back) Door

The ability to migrate presents young Malaysians with an open door to the rest of the world. This is not without its drawbacks. Many of the Malaysian émigrés leave not because they are weak or cowardly, but because they are ambitious, or because they are uncompromising – they refused to take orders from those who are their inferiors, or to remain party to a system that is morally indefensible. One cannot help but imagine how much good such spirit could have done if they had no choice but to remain in Malaysia. Not necessarily by engaging in overtly political activities, but by simple apolitical acts – by living their lives in their own way, free from compromise, and refusing to curb their ambitions. As Vaclav Havel explained in his book The Power of the Powerless, such simple acts are often the most potent weapons against oppressive regimes. Thus, migration has its drawbacks – it makes it harder for Malaysia to achieve real change because it takes away some of its most spirited people. (Datuk Hishamuddin, please cancel all emigration applications. Because Master Shaun says you are chasing the good spirited)

However there are also many young Malaysians who choose to return, and who seek to bring real change to the country. People like Nathaniel Tan (who joined Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), serving as an aide to the convict Tian Chua and working for the ex-con, Anwar Ibrahim, as Anwar's secretary for work related to the Foundation For the Future, which Anwar is president of) - a Harvard graduate, who writes books exposing the abuses of the BN regime, even if his efforts meet with harassment and detention. Or Alea Nasihin – a friend of mine (and Loyarburok), and a student at Nottingham University, who resolves to return to work as a human rights lawyer.27 Or myself (having a back door one can talk). For us the open door is comforting. It gives us the courage to say or do things we might otherwise be wary of (to hit and run through the said back door). Because it reminds us that there are limits to what an oppressive government can do. Because we know that even if our efforts harm our careers in Malaysia, even if the BN government hounds us and bars us from getting a job at any major company (Shaun also fancies Petronas) in Malaysia, there will always be many other places (like the Malaysian Insider. LOL) eager for our talents. It allows us to take more risks and dare greater things. The open door presented by migration therefore simultaneously hinders and helps the process of change in Malaysia.

Point of Origin
The only part pertinent to the essay which Master Shaun must have used a lot of his grey matter.


Destination
The only part pertinent to the essay which Master Shaun must have used a lot of his grey matter.

Ich bin ein Inmigrante

‘Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that immigrants were America.’
- Oscar Handlin


America is not without shortcomings in providing for its immigrants. True equality of opportunity can only be achieved with the shattering of glass ceilings, and there are numerous social barriers that still need to be overcome. To this date, the highest office in the country, that of the President of the United States, can only be held by someone born on American soil (Even here, this DAP like thinking twerp, wants the US Constitution changed). And yet America remains the land of opportunity for so many people. The immigrants in America are integrated far better than those in Europe, because Americans are conscious of the fact that they were all immigrants once. And America has benefitted greatly from this. It gets physics from Einstein, political theory from Arendt, movies from Ang Lee, eye-candy from Maggie Q, and literature from Junot Diaz. The fact that Irish-Catholic immigrants like the Kennedys could become America’s most prominent family, that an Austrian immigrant like Arnold Schwarzenegger could become Governor of California, and that a black man born in Hawaii and raised in Indonesia could become President, is a testament to this tradition. (The ball carrying part)

I am the product of migration. It was through migration that my ancestors from Fujian province in China came to live in Malaysia (and became rich). It is through migration that I have been able to grow up in Malaysia and study in Britain and America (because of my Malaysian parents who made it in Malaysia), and it is through migration that I have had the privilege of learning from people from all over the world. My accent is a bastard mix of British, American, and Malaysian. My upbringing was a schizophrenic blend of liberalism and Asian Tiger Mom style parenting. I revel in living in a mixed-up world and having a mixed-up self.29 I have tried to live consistently with the principles advocated in this essay (cakap tak serupa bikin). Where in my life I have failed (you can still go to the land of sheep) I have accepted it and tried to learn from my mistakes (bigots cannot learn). Where I have succeeded, I have taken pride in the knowledge of having done so myself (oh really?), not needing any legal crutch to prop me up (but you were away all this time to need any crutch. How come?) The only right I have demanded is the right to a fair contest (well you lost this ass'A' contest fair and square. Though I wonder how you made the finals). I think that the right to fair competition is the only thing we can and should expect."


Read more of this egotist here and the reason for the ass'A'.


"I wouldn’t be living in Malaysia and I wouldn’t have had the upbringing I had were it not for migration."

"I was annoyed at something the Malaysian government had done and wanted to write something about it, and this essay competition was an obvious choice."


"In Malaysia Malays are oppressed too, but it’s the ethnic Chinese and Indians who are persecuted the most."


- Shaun Tan


This is not brain drain, this mono mundane maniocal nimrod with bigoted propensity, is brain dead. The kind of brain that should be thrown into the drain. And if this the brain that will be drained , there are a lot of more efficient drainage systems in other countries, like Singapore for this young upstart.


Shaun Tan, you can fuck off leave thru the back door.

And don't come back.


Note: Bold, italicised and coloured text are mine and for emphasis.



Footnote for the ass'A':
1 US Department of State Background Notes: Malaysia – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
4 Mariam Mokhtar, ‘Malaysia’s Brain Drain’, Asia Sentinel, Feb 2010 – http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2308&Itemid=199
5 Ibid.
6 James Chow, ‘Malaysia Countering ‘Brain Drain’ Immigration Conflicts’, The Epoch Times, July 2010 – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/39453/
7 Mariam Mokhtar, ‘Malaysia’s Brain Drain’, Asia Sentinel, Feb 2010 – http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2308&Itemid=199
8 James Chow, ‘Malaysia Countering ‘Brain Drain’ Immigration Conflicts’, The Epoch Times, July 2010 – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/39453/
9 V Vasudevan, ‘106,000 give up citizenship’, New Straits Times, Nov 2007 – http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/new-straits-times/mi_8016/is_20071122/106000-citizenship/ai_n44378958/
10 ‘Najib kickstarts bid to reverse brain drain’, The Malaysian Insider, Oct 2010 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-kickstarts-bid-to-reverse-brain-drain/
11 Ibid.
12 The CIA World Factbook: Singapore and Malaysia – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/theworld-factbook/geos/sn.html
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/my.html
13 Edwin Yapp, ‘The brain drain issue revisited’, The Malaysian Insider, March 2011 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/the-brain-drain-issue-revisited/
14 Mariam Mokhtar, ‘Malaysia’s Brain Drain’, Asia Sentinel, Feb 2010 – http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2308&Itemid=199
15 Ibid.
16 Liz Gooch, ‘Loss of Young Talent Thwarts Malaysia’s Growth’, The New York Times, Oct 2010 – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/business/global/02brain.html?_r=1
17 Ibid.
18 Ibid.
19 Ibid.
20 ‘MACC hauls up Khir Toyo over Mickey Mouse, Bali house’, Sin Chew Daily, Sept 2009 – http://www.mysinchew.com/node/29264 21 http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/internet/pett/pettweb.nsf/frm_home_hi?OpenFrameset
22 Karen Chapman, ‘UM drops from top 200 list of world ranking’, The Star, Sept 2010 – http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/9/8/nation/6999421&sec=nation
23 Beh Lih Yi, ‘Malaysia struggles to stem ‘brain drain’’, Agence France Presse, Dec 2010 – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gTSUzIQFE9P3yjqnUPc1aEyEA2kA?docId=CNG.59093f18282e8696a978af9849d18ab8.3f1
24 Ibid.
25 Jonathan Kent, ‘Malaysian ‘convert’ claims cruelty’, BBC, July 2007 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asiapacific/6278568.stm
26 ‘Malaysia Valentine’s Day raids lead to mass arrests’, BBC, Feb 2011 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12466875
27 Alea Nasihin, ‘Dilemmas of a young Malaysian abroad’, The Malaysian Insider, Feb 2011 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/dilemmas-of-a-young-malaysian-abroad-aleanasihin-loyarburok.com/
28 Daniel A Bell, Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context, 2006, p 17 – http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s8305.pdf
29 This phrase comes from Jeremy Waldron, in ‘Minority Cultures and the Cosmopolitan Alternative’, 25 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 751, 1992.


Bibliography

Alea Nasihin, ‘Dilemmas of a young Malaysian abroad’, The Malaysian Insider, Feb 2011 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/dilemmas-of-a-youngmalaysian-abroad-alea-nasihin-loyarburok.com/

Beh Lih Yi, ‘Malaysia struggles to stem ‘brain drain’’, Agence France Presse, Dec 2010 – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gTSUzIQFE9P3yjqnUPc1aEyEA2kA?docId=CNG.59093f18282e8696a978af9849d18ab8.3f1

The CIA World Factbook: Singapore and Malaysia –
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sn.html
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/my.html

Daniel A Bell, Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East Asian Context, 2006, p 17 – http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s8305.pdf

Edwin Yapp, ‘The brain drain issue revisited’, The Malaysian Insider, March 2011 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/article/the-brain-drain-issue-revisited/

http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/internet/pett/pettweb.nsf/frm_home_hi?OpenFrameset

James Chow, ‘Malaysia Countering ‘Brain Drain’ Immigration Conflicts’, The Epoch Times, July 2010 – http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/39453/

Jeremy Waldron, in ‘Minority Cultures and the Cosmopolitan Alternative’, 25 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 751, 1992.

Jonathan Kent, ‘Malaysian ‘convert’ claims cruelty’, BBC, July 2007 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6278568.stm

Karen Chapman, ‘UM drops from top 200 list of world ranking’, The Star, Sept 2010 – http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/9/8/nation/6999421&sec=nation

Liz Gooch, ‘Loss of Young Talent Thwarts Malaysia’s Growth’, The New York Times, Oct 2010 – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/02/business/global/02brain.html?_r=1

‘MACC hauls up Khir Toyo over Mickey Mouse, Bali house’, Sin Chew Daily, Sept 2009 – http://www.mysinchew.com/node/29264

‘Malaysia Valentine’s Day raids lead to mass arrests’, BBC, Feb 2011 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12466875

Mariam Mokhtar, ‘Malaysia’s Brain Drain’, Asia Sentinel, Feb 2010 – http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2308&Itemid=199

‘Najib kickstarts bid to reverse brain drain’, The Malaysian Insider, Oct 2010 – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-kickstarts-bid-to-reversebrain-drain/

US Department of State Background Notes: Malaysia – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2777.htm

V Vasudevan, ‘106,000 give up citizenship’, New Straits Times, Nov 2007 – http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/new-straitstimes/mi_8016/is_20071122/106000-citizenship/ai_n44378958/

2 comments:

Snuze said...

I think it takes more guts to stand your ground when you don't have a plan B than to have pseudo-courage when you know when goings get tough, you have an option to get going.

We don't need "superior intellectuals" of this kind in Malaysia. If they think they're too good for us dumb plebs, they can take a hike to more "welcoming" climes.

Sod off, Shaun Tan!

Freddie Kevin said...

Snuze,

I have replied your comment in a whole new post.

Best regards.