Thursday, 11 September 2014

Malays are Lazy, Lacking in Honesty - Dr Mahathir

I’m sorry, Dr M, but Malays are not lazy.

Racial generalisations and stereotypes are dangerous, not least because it condemns every member of a race to a particular trait such as dishonesty or stupidity, but because its lack of scientific basis encourages shallow thinking.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad has AGAIN described the Malays as lazy and lacking in honesty.

Speaking to Malaysia’s The Star Newspaper, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said yesterday about the Malays.  He described the Malays as lazy and lacking in honesty.

To back his claims, he said that many Malays were not hardworking enough and forced to sell their land for money.

He also cited how Malay employees at his bakery stole his money. "That is the problem with the Malays. They don't have honesty," he said.

This is not the first time Malays are maligned by their own “Bumiputra” Prime Minister.  He first analysed the “backwardness” of the Malay race in a controversial 1970 book “The Malay Dilemma” where he attributed the Malay’s “natural racial inferiority” to poor eugenics from their traditional habit of marrying first cousins which, according to him as a trained medical doctor, resulted in gene regression and resulted in the relatively greater social progress of the more intelligent Chinese.  

Of course, Mahathir himself is not a pure Malay but hailed from an Indian-Muslim ancestry to enable him to claim the privileged bumiputra status. He had repeatedly scolded, coaxed and prodded Malaysian Malays during his tenure as Malaysia’s 4th Prime Minister from 1981-2004.

Having studied Dr Mahathir for years since my University course on Malaysian Race Relations, I have enjoined many scholars, as well as commonsense–thinking people to doubt his wild assumptions and facts regarding race, eugenics, intelligence and human performance. Mahathir has been rightly criticised for the lack of documentary evidence to buttress his many arguments and conclusions. His assertions and assumptions were based on his personal observations and experiences, without the support of empirical data.

Ironically, it was the Chinese editor of another Malaysian newspaper who defended his fellow Malay Malaysians against Dr Mahathir’s unfounded racial slur on his own Bumiputra privileged class.

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