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Part 2. (for those who don't understand our political motivations)
What do Chinese people want - politically speaking?
#1 So, Chinese people spread ourselves thin throughout the globe. Why? Besides the fact that we are always running away from each other (due to the obviously intensive competition to survive) overseas Chinese always see opportunity for a better life far FAR away from the crowd. The further the better. All we want is to quietly make a better living and put food on the table. All we look forward to is to enjoy our food, our shopping, our travels, and time with our family.
#2 However, we are a people who are NOT AFRAID to LEARN. We are taught to embrace learning at a very young age. Our parents are never afraid of our culture being lost by learning from others. We play the piano. The violin. We play chess the western way. We learn ballet. We embrace Christianity and Islam. We marry out of our race. We learn everything English, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, etc to the extent that we can no longer read or write in Mandarin...but it is okay with our parents. People take one look at us and they STILL call us Chinese all over the world :)) - that is our curse.
#3 We LEARN because we are dying to move forward. Whatever it takes. We strive to differentiate our skills so that we can stand apart from our carbon copies. Without differentiation, we are but a mass of yellow people.
#4 We are able and willing to adapt to the local culture because we see the good in learning from others. We see the benefits of diversifying ourselves. We know we need to be different from each other to succeed. And we-don't-want-to-go-back-where
#5 What we want is progress and to BE ACCEPTED. We will trade our sweat, our tears, our undying efforts, our intellect, our creativity, our knowledge, our talents, our tenacity, our inclination for numbers, our ability to grow wealth, our innate instinct to survive, our diverse communications skills, our discipline, and all else that we can offer as a collective culture in exchange for ACCEPTANCE as patriotic Malaysians.
#6 All we want is a government who can accept us and 'acknowledge our contribution' to the nation. Taking over the government of the country is not in our best interest. But the harder we work in our professions, the more our government and our country gains from us (in taxes, in jobs created, in shepherding a new generation).
#7 But it pains us to see the hard earned money we made, together with our bumiputra and non-bumiputra brothers and sisters, each day flow like a leaking tap due to poor administration and corruption within the government. It grinds us to our very core when our leaders cheat their way to wealth and power on the backs of the poor and average hard working citizens.
#8 Pardon me. But we cannot stand wastage. Especially when it comes to money. Our DNA rejects it like a plague. Harness our ability to curb wastage and the whole country will gain.
#9 We offer you our best young talents (sacrificial volunteers). Our politicians. They are trained professionals who have stepped up to the task their society demands. Honestly, being a 'politician' is not a sought after profession in Chinese society. It is considered a 'thankless job'. Only the most dedicated will volunteer themselves. History has taught us that politicians don't last long. Today they are loved. Tomorrow they are out. Take a look at those in MCA. Take a look at other Chinese leaders in the world. If they don't deliver, we vote them out. Yes, we Chinese are a performance based culture. Pride for politicians comes when they are able to 'deliver' progress to the people. The people, however, are more interested in...you guessed it...making more money for a better life.
#10 What the Chinese in Malaysia want is - a better management team. We understand that a diverse country needs a diverse team of people with diverse backgrounds and diverse skills. We KNOW that progressive Malaysians from ALL races can do a better job of running this country if they are chosen base on their ability. We know that we can effectively HELP underprivileged youths and families (regardless of race) with more meaningful development programs if our funds are not siphoned away by greedy individuals. We know we can work hand in hand with our bumiputra brothers and sisters more effectively to create a better nation.
What we want LOUDLY is not to be marginalized and not be cheated at the polls.
What we want is to be called MALAYSIANS next to our brothers and sisters of this land after 56yrs of Independence and 600yrs since Puteri Hang Li Poh set roots here.
Our political motivation is to create a united Malaysia and put the right people in the right jobs, so that the rest of us can go about our own lives in peace. Honest.