The old man was referring to his observation that at one time the Malays were angered by Chinese control of the economy. So doc, now the Malays are in control of the economy. Then how? It might have lost something in translation but these days I really cannot understand or believe what comes out of Mahathir's mouth and supposedly brilliant brain.
In another article Mahathir was reported to have said that while the ethnic majority enjoys a special position under the Constitution the same law guarantees the minorities the right to self-identity through the freedom to practice their respective religion, language and mother-tongue education. What???!!! So while some get discounts on houses, scholarships, places in public universities, top positions in civil service we get to speak our own language and pray in our own temples and churches??? But wait, this is the good bit. Mahathir said that it would not be possible to abolish Malay privileges without doing away with the rights of the minorities.
Think about this carefully, folks. If being Malaysians and having equal rights and privileges in everything means speaking the same language and going to the same schools I am all for it.
Mahathir and anybody who talks about this topic of rights always bring up the example of Indonesia. Mahathir said that in Indonesia the Chinese don't all themselves Indonesian Chinese, they call themselves Indonesians and speak Indonesians. Sure doc. But in Indonesia there are also no Bumiputras. No Bumi privileges. Everybody is Indonesian and enjoy the same rights and privileges. No?