Thursday, June 30, 2005

BLACK, YELLOW, BROWN OR NONE OF THE ABOVE

We are hitting the voting booths tomorrow to elect a new university president.

I have one full vote and I am going to exercise it...

Today in Bolehland, the 'servants in high places' once again politically(?) appoint a new vice-chancellor for UUM.

What are his vice-chancellorship credentials, I wonder...

Meanwhile, amidst the several voices in Malaysiakini urging readers to steer away from 'race', Richard Teo throws this challenge...

'Ask all the top bumiputera civil servants, the inspector-general of police, the chief justice and they will deny that they are products of the system. I'll bet my last ringgit that every one of them will say that they are where they are due to merit and not because of bumiputera-ism'.

He continues...

'And if we are to believe that this is true then we better start believing that the 40 percent of Malaysia's non-bumiputera citizens are incapable of holding or leading any top government institution'.

And swings another one...

'It is not by accident nor by merit that the top positions in the country are occupied by one ethnic group. It is a clear and irrevocable design by those in the corridors of power. It is people like Musa who choose to deny that they have benefitted from the system and by their own volition often choose to bite the hand that feeds them'.

Well said, my man...

And to think that one of the NEP goals was to eradicate the association of economic sectors with race...

Heeeheeeheeheeee...

I'd personally love to see Malaysia move away from this affinity with 'race'...

How about starting with removing the 'bangsa' item on official documents?

Then we can talk about voting for new university vice chancellors...

Whether the candidate is black or white, or somewhere in between, the one with the strongest credentials wins...

Just imagine the respect this vice chancellor is going to get...