The last time Singapore had home-grown riots was in 1964 where there were the Sino-Malay clashes in July and September. Disagreement on the handling of the riots was one of the factors leading to the separation of Singapore from the rest of the federation of Malaysia later in August the following year.
Singapore’s other recent riot was in 1969, and experienced as a spillover from Malaysia’s May 13.
‘Pendatang’ is a very sensitive word that is verboten to the Dapsters. Use of the word against the Chinese caused Umno’s Ahmad Ismail, the Bukit Bendera (Penang) division chief, to be suspended by his party.
Nasir Safar, who was Najib Razak’s communication officer, had to resign his post after he uttered unsavoury descriptions regarding the early Chinese and Indian ‘pendatang’s.
Kamus Dewan defines the word “pendatang” to mean “orang asing yang datang ke atau memasuki sesebuah negeri lain”.
Last night’s rioters in Singapore fit the ‘pendatang’ description.
Singapore residents are 74.2% Chinese.
Do you think that Singapore’s majority community would allow the newly arrived ‘South Indians’ (people from the Indian sub-continent) to become citizens and permanent residents in their island republic if this foreign labour currently working there were to apply?
Why do you think that the Chinese in Malaysia go berserk should anyone even allude to their pendatang origins?
When does a descendent of the pendatang cease to be perceived as one in the eyes of the majority community?
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