September 9, 2008
First published in The Nut Graph, here is my column piece:
By Tricia Yeoh
Portraits of Malaysian people (Pic by Bangash Khan)
WHEN Raja Nazrin Shah, the Crown Prince of Perak, burst onto the public scene in early 2006, he said: “Malaysians of all races and religions need to believe beyond the shadow of a doubt that they have a place under the Malaysian sun.” Not long after, people started to repeat the phrase “colour blind”, an apt prescription for any racist tendencies among us.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi seems to have caught on. Addressing the Malaysian Student Leaders’ Summit held on 2 and 3 Aug 2008, he said the civil service is colour blind. Had I the opportunity (I am, after all, no longer a student), I would have asked a more pressing question: could he also kindly confirm to us that government policies are similarly colour blind?
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