ICERD controversy: Tackle B40 insecurities first

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It is obvious that certain parties are using the ICERD to whip up ethno-religious support for their defeated parties. At the same time, the insecurities felt by many among the B40 are all too real and this has to be addressed; otherwise their fears of being left behind are likely to be easily manipulated by unscrupulous politicians.

I wouldn’t say that this is the end of the new Malaysia. It is just that the government will have to be more astute in how it proceeds, plan carefully, raise awareness, eliminate insecurities and then move forward. The new Malaysia is a work in progress, and we all have a hand in it.

Aliran has just released the following statement:

Of late there has been much debate, confusion and acrimony over Malaysia’s stated intention to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms or Racial Discrimination.

Opponents of the convention have argued strongly that ratification by Malaysia may lead to the negation of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution. Article 153 spells out in no uncertain terms the responsibility of the Yang DiPertuan Agong “to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities…”

Meanwhile proponents lobbying for the ratification of the convention have offered reassurances that Article 153 would not be jeopardised nor stand out as a contradiction should the government decide to ratify the convention. Full statement on Aliran website

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With my university education (thanks to my parents’ hard earned money) I got a good job and able to move my family up from B40 to M40. Important thing is good education that can command good salary. I appreciate the sacrifice of my parents and it is now my turn to support them financially.

If B40 neglects education and skills upgrading, no amount of government aid can move them out of poverty.

tunglang
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tunglang

You are right. This is the reality of life, to work hard, to strive, to excel in whatever one does. And not to forget the parents who sacrificed a lot. Whatever vocation one chooses or answers his/her calling, do it with love (your work) & passion & the monetary rewards will come. Then will one be PROUD of his/her life.

CuiYaJiu
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CuiYaJiu

Should not envy those accumulate wealth via hard work and thrifty living legally.

Should channel anger at those korek nation wealth via corruption in the name of protecting rakyat!

Scot Polo
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Scot Polo

Chinese earn money and reinvest for further gain. But Bumis tend to spend all for instant gratification. So umno please do not accuse Chinese are getting richer than your to fiat race!

Norman
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Norman

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has increased its Basic Savings quantum to RM240,000 effective Jan 1, 2019. This amount, which was set at RM228,000 previously, is the minimum amount of savings members should have upon reaching age 55. In a press statement on Wednesday (Nov 28) EPF said “Basic Savings” refers to the amount that is considered sufficient to support members’ basic needs for 20 years upon retirement, from age 55 to 75, aligned with the Malaysian life expectancy. “The new quantum is benchmarked against the minimum pension for public sector employees, which has been raised from RM950 to RM1,000… Read more »

Ash
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Ash

Good point, brother!

Jefri
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Jefri

It seems like they are more concern with B40 Malay community’s insecurity towards ICERD. Problem is the government did not explain what ICERD is and Umno and PAS have taken advantage of the situation to link it to the loss of Malay rights.

CuiYaJiu
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CuiYaJiu

Rainbow is also a taboo to them now!

Black Mage
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Black Mage

PM Dr Mahathir warned that Malaysia would soon be overtaken by its poorer neighbours because its people expect handouts rather than work hard.

He said many Malaysians have become dependent on financial handouts such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) under the previous Barisan Nasional administration.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/25/dr-m-malaysians-are-lazy-prefer-handouts-to-hard-work/#mEwCQSeRs7RAwPTm.99

Ma jiji
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Ma jiji

Hahaha, Malaysia itself is now facing financial dire straits also lah ! Notice more and more beggars roaming on the streets of Penang lately, does it mean Penang is also in a bad shape ?
Just met in Farlim area a Malay woman asking for 20 ringgits to buy beras for her family a few days ago !?

Black Mage
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Black Mage

Many ‘professional beggars’ on the streets of Malaysia, able to ‘earn’ at least RM3000 a month, better income than the current 15,000 jobless graduates in the country.

Call Me Handsome
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Call Me Handsome

Dont believe too much if they say FDI pouring into Malaysia or Penang. With racial and religious bigots around here, the USA China trade war only move mainland factories to more homogeneous society like Vietnam.
Stop depending on government handouts or FDI for jobs. Start to become a successful entrepreneur ( may fail many times in the process as learning) to be the Jack Ma of Penang.

Wei
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Wei

the privileged race, from top to bottom of reject icerd , nothing to do with B40.. you are barking up the wrong tree..hehe

Black Mage
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Black Mage

Umno/PAS should bark at UN, not bark locally on Dec 8.

Holly
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Holly

By not ratifying ICERD Malaysia confirmed as a racist nation?

Scot Polo
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Scot Polo

I think only 25% of B40 really need assistance. The rest must be willing to work hard and to replace foreign labour. They have no complain doing 3D jobs in Singapore after all.

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

I thought Malaysians pray a lot in their religion. Why then they can still feel insecure?
If a family can cook at home instead of eating out at fancy restaurants or the expensive fast food chains and coffee joints, surely they can save a lot.

Also please do away with unnecessary modern day indulgence like foot reflexology, fancy hair dyeing, vaping, post-1am clubbing etc. Lead a simple life and spend more time at home with family.

V Ramesh
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V Ramesh

Our taxi drivers will feel more insecure if Go-Jek comes to Malaysia?

https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/grab-jek-wage-street-fight-se-asia-super-023542247–sector.html

tunglang
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tunglang

You’re strong, wake up – fiancee’s message to assaulted fireman
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/453610

Let us pray for Fire and Rescue Department personnel Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim that he recovers from his injuries.
His fiancee Nurul Najihah: “You’re strong. wake up soon Muhammad Adib”

Radhakrisnan
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Radhakrisnan

Why wallop the Bomba guy?
Must be the influence of those violent Kollywood movies.

Baskaran
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Baskaran

Now the B40 Indians are feeling insecure even when praying in the temple!

Black Mage
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Black Mage

Temple saga could have been avoided with a stroke of the MB’s pen

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/453568

H'ng Khoon Leng
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Malaysia Baru = Malaysia Lama

Radhakrisnan
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Radhakrisnan

Same old DNA.

glissantia
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glissantia

The same person who was “shooting from the hip” at UN GA on this subject indulged in a grandoise promise to cancel Bakun Dam at UN IPCC in Rio. Was it to “look big”? To “walk tall”?

X Man
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X Man

What talking you?