In the wake of recent racial tensions, distrust among races is now more severe than ever.
But as a Malaysian Chinese myself, I’m here to assure all my fellow Malaysians that the Chinese are nothing to be afraid of.
This is a satire piece that makes fun of common Malaysian Chinese stereotypes, please do not take this seriously.
Every Malaysian has probably heard of the old saying/stereotype at some given point of time- that the Malays are lazy, the Indians are typically drunkards and the Chinese are sly crooks. I can’t exactly comment on the rest, but what they say about the Chinese are probably true (especially the older uncles). That being said, it is because of these traits that we are actually more harmless than you think:
1.The Chinese are all about money
The Chinese are probably one of the most money-thirsty people in the world, they are willing to go all sort of effort in order to save money, or to make more money – even in the expense of hanging out with people they don’t like.
For example, a Chinese will not think twice about buying from anyone irregardless of race, as long as they can prove that their quality is at least the same, but are cheaper in price. Seriously, we wouldn’t care less what privilege the Bumiputra have, as long as we are allowed to make our money in peace!
2. There are poor Chinese too
Most of the time a lot of people automatically assume that the Chinese are businessman, and are loaded with money. Sorry to disappoint but actually there as many rich Chinese as they are Malay and Indian, and vice-versa. If you go to the right places you will find Chinese people living in horrible conditions, and barely enough to make ends meet.
I’d say a lot of these hate should be directed towards the rich who are oppressing the poor, not the Chinese who doesn’t even know what’s happening.
3. The Chinese is not as racist as you think
Chinese people are not as racist as most people would think, although not exactly in a good way. Unlike the Jews or the Japanese who will usually help their own people, the Chinese tend to put profits above all else, even family.
Chinese conmen will not think twice to cheat a fellow Chinese man, and these days most Chinese businesses do not even want to hire their own people, instead opting to hire foreigners because they are cheaper. Just look at Petaling Street stalls these days!
4. Chinese are more afraid than you
A Facebook post by Engku Nasrun last year won the hearts of many Malaysians, as he mentioned that positions of power are all held by the Malay race, and there is no reason to be afraid.
The last thing we want is a riot that would spoil businesses and threaten our lives. There’s no point in having all these money but not live long enough to spend them right? If you are scared, we are even more so!
5. There is no grand conspiracy from China
If there is one thing Malaysian Chinese are not really fond of, it’s people from China, famous for being rude and uncivilised. In fact, assuming we really have a grand agenda to rule the country from the shadows, wouldn’t we do whatever we can to ensure that the other races are kept happy and entertained, so they would not even thinking about racial problems?
6. We love Malaysian food too much
There is no Malaysian in Malaysia, irregardless of race, who do not love Kiuh, Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai. Almost every Malaysian Chinese I knew will have Nasi Lemak as their last meal in Malaysia, and their first meal when coming home. Seriously, it is almost as if Nasi Lemak is a religion!
That is probably the only thing we love more than money, and nothing would make us part with the very country that makes this legendary delicacy.
7. We don’t hate the Malays, but instead love them
Mainly because of Nasi Lemak and Pisang Goreng, but most Malaysians (and Chinese) fell in love with the Malay hospitality that cannot be found anywhere else in this world. Malay culture is so embedded in our culture that the Malaysian Chinese dialects have Malay words mixed in them, and some of us even speak Malay to each other, and even listen to Malay songs!
How to hate?
8. Chinese are more than happy to point out bad Chinese
Like every other race, sometimes it is that few bad apples that give a bad name to the rest of us. The good thing is the Chinese will always warn the others irregardless of race, when a Chinese with a bad behaviour appears, and this is evident in all the social media posts about bad Chinese people circulating all the time.
You know lah, Chinese like to save ‘face’, so if got naughty Chinese have to make sure we disassociate ourselves with him.
9. It’s really just politics
Many may not think as I do, but every time I hear any racist remarks on the media, I automatically assume that it is somewhat politically motivated. Politicians in Malaysia from either side have been known to use race as motivation, and for me that is why we have turned from a united Malaysia, into what we see today.
Like the plots for every TVB drama, all this is probably a giant misunderstanding.
10. Don’t trust everything you see and read
Speaking of the media, they (and sometime, us) are known to sensationalise news and making a mountain out of a molehill. Many times things are probably taken out of context, and other times have their own agenda to push.
These media include respectable, mainstream media, and even so-called independent media are all known to have posted unverified or sensationalised news in their history, and have gotten into trouble with the law. If you want to know the truth, it is best to check with multiple sources, then do your own judgement.