Saturday, December 31, 2011

Singapore. The Indians in our midst

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In the very near future, the Singapore Indians (mainly Tamils) will become so small a number that they will become a curiosity. In fact they already are.

Lee Kuan Yew Singapore strongman has been successfully over the years very sucessfully turning Singapore into a distinctly tiny Chinese island. He continues, in fact has increased the flood (no pun intended with Singapore literally flooding with water) of Chinese immigrants from Communist China in numbers vastly disproportionate to Singapore's multi racial character. He claims that somehow, Singapore has to maintain at least 75% Chinese population in the island and if there is a shortfall, he brings in even more to keep the numbers up.

In effect all this talk of multi racial society and 4 official languages and so on is just baloney. You already see this happening now. On Singapore English TV and newspapers, you come across large sections of Chinese state controlled official news videos and Chinese programs. Far too often, a non Chinese speaking citizen's viewing is interrupted for long periods when the dialogue suddenly breaks into Chinese during which time, I suppose you can boil the kettle for a cup of tea!

Lee Kuan Yew's Chinazation (making a place into a Chinese one, a word which I made up)of Singapore is not only downright rude and inconsiderate towards Indians, it is down right insulting. Indians and Malays have equal rights (at least they are supposed to have) in the island and they either do not want and are not required to learn Mandarin Chinese. In my case, I rather learn French or Arabic, languages far more pleasant to the ears, depending on your preference. So why should I have to put up with this Chinese sing song when I have no desire to and I need not as well.

But you see, Lee Kuan Yew being that prize rooster strutting around his tiny island chicken coop for the last 52 years, does not care one way or the other what any Malay or Indian thinks. He can and will do anything he wants in his Singapore, at least so far.

But the danger is this. So far at least there has been a modicum of an attempt to give the Indians and Malays a presence in Singapore because of the way the history of Singapore has gone, and because the older politicians are aware of this.

I fear the moment Lee Kuan Yew dies, which is going to happen very soon, given his age of 89 and sickly, there will be chaos, and upheaval, and all sort of demonstrations both peaceful and violent in Singapore and everyone jockeying for power.

At that point of time, the Indians would be far too small and insignificant a section that the Chinese who form the vast majority would, knowing how the Communist Chinese in Singapore think, simply push them aside into oblivion. And so is the fate of the Malays.

Lee has ruined the very foundations of a multi racial Singapore. I simply do not think the Indians and Malays in our midst would stand a chance for anything.

I am hoping that Malaysia and Indonesia who stand to lose a great deal with a Communist Chinese satellite city in Singapore would take some action to correct this dangerous trend.

The Americans are really not in a position to do anything one way or another at that time, since even for them, a Sino Singapore in the midst of Malay South East Asia is not in their interest either.

This is the moment for the Indians and Malays of Singapore to take account of their impending fate. They should stand up now and speak. Or it may, alas, be too late. In my thinking, I don't think Malaysia or Indonesia will allow this to happen. But we can only hope.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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Anonymous said...

This Chinazation of Singapore has been occuring since the late 1970's and early 1980's. PAP knows where its power base is coming from and hence its fervent attempts to increase the Chinese population by granting visas to every Communist Chinese who cares to live in Singapore for however short a period. However, the irony of all this is that I foresee riots not among the local Malays, Indians and Chinese but among the Communist Chinese and the local Chinese.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gopalan,

Do Chinese Singapore really understand that Malays and Tamils are part of multi-racial Singapore?

It will never occur to them. Even the would be scholars in my junior college were making fun and calling Inidans using the offensive name, Ah-pu-n*h-n** (I used * to cover the offensive word but let you know what word it is). THIS IS NOT FUNNY! AND IT IS NOT RIGHT. JC students got into fightsover this racial slur.

I blame it on Lee Kuan Yew. He has the power to give women rights. Why did he not take care of the minority races of Singapore.

Because Lee Kuan Yew as PM was busy destroying the civil institutions. Even the Peoples' Association is a PAP vehicle.

These days, the same Chinese Singaporeans are most afraid of racism. Perhaps, consciously or unconsciously, that is how they treat their own minority groups.