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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MERITOCRACY A KEY PILLAR IN SINGAPORE – SOMETHING UTUSAN EDITORS WOULD NEVER DARE UNDERSTAND: ENVOY SLAMS UMNO MOUTHPIECE FOR ‘BASELESS’ REPORT

UTUSAN Malaysia has come under fire by Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia over an editorial on the changes to the republic’s Elected Presidency scheme, Today Online reports.
Vanu Gopala Menon said the republic wanted to put the record straight on “several baseless and mischievous allegations”.
These include the claim that in Singapore, “meritocracy was always being used as an excuse to discriminate against Malays”, “meritocracy was also open to manipulation”, and that “Malays became weaker and marginalised from the corridors of power”.
Vanu Gopala made the comments in a letter to the newspaper which was put up on Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
“Singapore’s meritocratic system has never been ‘manipulated’ or ‘used as an excuse to discriminate’ against Singapore’s Malay community, or any other community,” he said.
The editorial was written by Awang Selamat, the collective pseudonym of the newspaper’s editors, and published in its latest Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia.
Among other things, the editorial said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had started to take steps to pave the way for a Malay leader to assume the Elected Presidency.
While lauding the move, it also noted that some quarters in Singapore had opposed the move to reserve the election for Malay candidates since they would prefer a president to be elected based on merit.
Vanu Gopala said: “Meritocracy is a key pillar of Singapore’s system of governance. Our citizens have access to equal opportunities, regardless of race, language, or religion, and our policies are tailored to that end. Singapore’s Malay community has made significant social and economic progress over the past five decades, not because of privileges, but because of the community’s efforts in a fair and just society. Malay students have also excelled and topped national examinations.”
“We strictly prohibit our people, including the media, from using the issues of race, language, and religion to divide our society,” he added.
“As the head of state, the president is the symbol of the country, and represents all Singaporeans, not just his ethnic group. These are important facts which ‘Awang’ has conveniently omitted in his editorial,” Vanu Gopala said.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com

1 comment:

  1. Our Southern neighbour. The Malays have only been accepted into the Armour Formation two years ago. In fact, the Singapore Armed Forces used to have or still has a discriminatory policy towards the Malays, not allowing them to hold sensitive key positions thus depriving them of promising careers in the SAF.

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