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Migrant workers displacing Bumiputras?
BY: CHRISTOPHER FERNANDEZ
A significant number of individuals and organizations are expressing concern over what they see as the displacement of Malays and other Bumiputras by migrant workers who have risen in economic standing.
They cite trends showing that migrant workers are now gradually moving out of being employed to be operators of capital and businesses taking over from the locals in the Klang Valley and major cities and towns in both West and East Malaysia.
For decades migrant workers have been steadily coming into the country, both legal and illegal, and now these Bangladeshis, Indonesians, Filipinos, Myanmar and other foreign nationals are beginning to become a major economic force.
While Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indians are noticeably not affected by the economic rise of migrant workers it is really Malays and other Bumiputras who are being forced to make way for them and having to return to their villages in the rural areas.
By granting them special rights and privileges and affirmative action these Malays and other Bumiputras are unable to stand on their own two feet and compete with migrants while the Chinese and Indians have long grown accustomed to competition.
Complacency has set in among the Malays and other Bumiputras as they believe the fallacy that the government is there to help them in perpetuity and it won’t be long when the prophecy of disgraced Malaysian dictator Mahathir Mohammad that they will be enslaved rings true.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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