October 17, 2006
I had an interesting conversation with someone who recently migrated to New Zealand. (no, not another disillusioned Malaysian, but this time a Singaporean)
New Zealanders have apparently become rather Maori-fied. Its natives get the better deal, and as a result the whites consider it an honour being a Maori. One in Three White Kiwis claim they have native blood. This is because tremendous amounts of benefits have been given to the natives of the land, since they took a lot of it away many years ago. As a result, they now bend their backs over to give what they took (rightly or wrongly) away.
They do this because they recognise that the natives were really the original people of New Zealand. They do not need fishing licenses, and get privileges all around.
Their language is used in opening ceremonies and official meetings. Their national anthem is proudly sung in the original native Maori language, even if there are no Maoris present. The whites truly pay respect to the original heritage and culture. And this is something different, not seen anywhere else in the world.
Imagine Malaysia, giving its original people its rightful place: privileges, singing Negaraku in their native language, focusing on their development.
No, the Orang Asli community has lost out on all of these…
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