Nominated Member of Parliament Mr Viswa Sadasivan made his maiden speech in Parliament and called for it to ensure that national policies be founded on the principles such as racial and religious unity.
Mr Viswa then made several suggestions such as examining the current emphasis on racial categorisation and encouraging political associations to better reflect the tenets of the Pledge. This is an upshot against Parliament as most people believe Mr Viswa is criticizing the Singapore government for policies that discriminate against minorities like the Malays.
A whole host of government MPs came out to defend the Singapore government, including Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. MM Lee said that the Singapore government has been accountable in its actions and has worked towards ensuring that no race is discriminated against in Singapore.
Now I’m not saying Mr Viswa is wrong and that there is no discrimination against minorities in Singapore, anyone who has been through national service knows it’s much harder for a Malay to go up the ranks than a Chinese, but he is beating a dead horse here. Most Singaporeans knows there is discrimination, and most Singaporeans could not care less.
I will admit I’m one of them. I’m Chinese and if Singapore has a policy that will discriminate against a Malay or an Indian but will benefit me; do you think I will care? Yes it is unfair but it is to my advantage, so why would I in my right mind protest against a policy that either will or may benefit me in the long run?
Is there discrimination? Yes.
Do Singaporeans care? No.
That is why I say Mr Viswa is beating on a dead horse.