Thursday, September 25, 2008

Malaysian Blog re: Racialism

The former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, has a blog ( He recently wrote a post imploring his people to set aside racial issues and work together. It reminded me of Obama's plea to Americans to come together. Malaysia has three major ethnic groups--Malay, Chinese, and Indian--and apparently, segregation is more common than not, and quotas favoring the indigenous Malays have hurt racial relations. See the post here:

America is similar to Malaysia in the sense that we also have three major ethnic groups--Caucasians, Latinos, and African-Americans--and to some extent, de facto segregation, even in diverse cities. Americans should keep an eye on Malaysians to see how they deal with their diverse population. We may be able to avoid making their mistakes and learn from their successful policies.

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