Sunday, August 4, 2019

Is there a minority uprising against Chinese majoritarianism ?

You may not see this in the main stream media, especially the Straits Times which is understandable. But the social media is deluged with angry minority dissenting voices against apparent Chinese majoritarianism. It is interesting to examine why this sensitive political issue is being ventilated openly in the public now? For a long time since PAP came into power under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew  in 1959 this issue had been latent because PAP was so powerful that it would have been utterly insane for anyone to voice open dissent. But the minority now believes that the world is changing in their favour and it would be a matter of great regret if they did not take this opportunity to draw local and international attention to this grievance.So you now witness this uproarious dissent from the minority.

The PAP leaders could not have been so oblivious to this latent political issue with their blatant sinocised policy that they could not see the danger. One activist asked a pertinent question on Malay loyalty which Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was particularly concerned with which restricted the recruitment of Malays into the Army and other sensitive jobs.He asked what would the loyalty of Singapore Chinese be in the event of a war with China.This may be hypothetical but many people would like to know the answer.The PAP cannot deny that there are considerable number of Pro-China Chinese in Singapore. If a war breaks out with China would they be put in a concentration camp like what the Americans did to the Japanese Americans in the last war with Japan? This is unimaginable but fortunately it is a hypothesis but you cannot prevent people from having such awful thoughts.

It is ironical that this delicate task falls on the shoulder of Minister K> Shanmugam to tackle. Being a member of the minority he finds himself in an invidious and precarious position where he has to exercise extreme care and skill to ensure that he is not seen to be bias against the minority. Any wrong move on his part may result disastrously in his being branded a renegade to the minority cause. The issue is an intractable problem which the PAP can only ignore in their own peril. But it would be suicidal to allow the matter to fester.

Former PM Lee Kuan Yew may have been a genius but he was not infallible.