Friday, August 26, 2011

My interview with BBC

WATCH: First-time politician Hannah Yeoh wants to work against the race-based politics she feels are entrenched in the national psyche

Working Lives: Malaysia

Hannah Yeoh, 32, is a first-time politician with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in Selangor state. 

Before she was elected into office Ms Yeoh says she was the typical working Malaysian, disillusioned with the country's politics and griping about wages not keeping up with inflation.

A friend encouraged Ms Yeoh to stop complaining and register to vote. A few months later she was asked to run for a seat in the General Elections of 2008. 

Ms Yeoh's first election turned out to be a historic one. The opposition coalition of which the DAP is a member ended up taking power in a few states and denied the governing party its two-thirds majority in Parliament for the first time in nearly four decades.

Suddenly change was in the air. As an ethnic Chinese, Ms Yeoh says she wants to work against race-based politics that she says is entrenched in the national psyche.

This affects even civic basics like birth certificates, which now require the race of a child to be declared. Ms Yeoh and her husband, an ethnic Indian, are trying to challenge that by registering their newborn baby's race as Malaysian.

Their application was rejected but Ms Yeoh says she will continue to appeal.

Watch the video interview here
The full version will air on August 27th.
Working Lives Malaysia will be shown in full on BBC World News on Saturday 27th August at 0030, 0730, 1930 GMT and on Sunday 28th August at 1230 GMT.


kee said...

Council president, Asmawi Kasbi said that "the developer had already proved that building a flyover is technically impossible on the site" and added that "MPSJ will explore alternatives."

To my knowledge, if imposed conditions cannot be complied with and no viable alternatives are proposed, then the proposal gets rejected and not approved with an undertaking that when traffic turns chaotic, "we will explore alternatives."

Wow! Close the gate after the horse has bolted!

It appears to me that MPSJ has adopted as it's planning philosophy the principle of "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

My verdict of the council president and his technical planning staff in the council’s One Stop Center committee is that they are either very stupid or very corrupt. An inquiry is needed to determine which.

Why not do away with planners and planning authorities? Save ratepayers a bundle in expenses. Simply allow land owners to build whatever they desire. When traffic gets chaotic, "explore alternatives."

YB Hannah Yeoh better get the state government to clear out this bunch. Very bad for reputation of PR government.

Joshua Lopez said...

Chey Chey, Nice To See You Back Wo! I heard there's a possibility of MCA being replaced by DAP. Is there any truth in this? off course it would be a bit hard for you to answer.

You are looking good and i hope your baby is doing fine. God Bless.

Joshua Lopez said...

I firmly believe that Race Based Education Stands In The Way Of 'One Malaysia.' Where in the World do we have schools that are race based and funded by the government? I think we should do away with race based schools or for now just privatise them.

MalaysianFirst said...

Joshua, we do not have race-based schools here, only race-based political parties like UMNO, MCA and MIC which should be abolished.

OneMalaysia said...

Yup, we should get rid of political based parties. Let's start small, why not have a One School Initiative first. If something that simple cannot be done, forget about abolishing the political based parties. Where do you think the race base leaders comes from?

Anonymous said...

Malaysia HAVE TO DO SOMETHING about offspring of local mixed marraiges which is quite common nowadays. I was married to a ethnic Malay (of course I've converted) and my 2 boys are passed off as Malays. Although I do not see that as a real problem but its does irritate there's still a racial stigma even after 53years of Merdeka. Bloody nonsense!I just wish they're recognized as MALAYSIAN,no need for Cina, India, Melayu, Lain lain crap. My sons were born in 1978 and 1983 respectively.