posted on Mar, 23 2014 @ 04:02 PM
reply to post by GarrusVasNormandy
That may be true for 'western' thinking, but that's not how Malaysian's would see it. I could cite literally hundreds of situations where I
experienced, in person, what I am saying here. For whatever reason they don't process things that way. Malays are very protective of their culture,
almost to the point of being blinded (short sighted) by it...missing the forrest, but for the trees
so to speak.
Malaysia is made up of three principle cultures, indigenous Malaysians, Indians and Chinese. Obviously, there are many other cultures there, but
those are the principle ones. Depending on who you talk to those cultures are about evenly divided now in terms of population. The populations of
the Chinese and Indian elements are rapidly growing in comparison to the true Malays. In my time there I had numerous Malaysians tell me how their
culture was under attack from outside influences (namely the Chinese and Indian elements). They told me how their culture was being lost. In fact,
this theme even made it into government initiatives. For example, from 95-98 (when I was in Malaysia) English went from a mandatory language in
schools to being a secondary language. Bahasa Malaysia (the national language) has fewer than 1/3 of the words in it than English does, and of them
very few are technically descriptive words. Yet, all Malaysian schools were directed to use Bahasa Malaysia as the teaching language. Many
Malaysians even thought this was a mistake, but they wouldn't publicly say so. So when math and science skills and test scores started going downhill
in comparison to other countries they alleged they couldn't understand why. In their hearts they knew why (because you cannot successfully teach
complex subjects in a language which lacks the technical detail to describe those subjects), but the policies remained. In fact, they may still be
that way now. This is but single example. Even though they knew the right thing to do, nationalistic pride prevented them from doing it.
I could go on and on about Dr. M's "Vision 20/20" and how it was full of things like this.
Now I'm sure someone will be along shortly to flame me about how Malaysia was a British commonwealth and the English language was a product of that,
which is true, but it still doesn't change the fact that Bahasa Malaysia is not a technically descriptive language. So, it's kind of like cutting off
your nose to spite your face.
edit on 3/23/2014 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)