How Chinese are treated in the motherland … UK daily The Independent reports that China singularly carries out the death penalty on its own citizens in greater number than all the death sentences in other countries of the world put together.
Apparently Beijing considers its executed prisoners as the most problematic Chinese.
How Chinese were treated by other countries
“… think of those Boat People (many of them of Chinese origin) forced to flee Vietnam; think of Cambodia, where the Chinese were killed or driven away; think of Indonesia, with its persecution and expulsion of the Chinese, think of the Philippines where for so long, the Chinese were effectively denied citizenship.”
There is currently a simmering anti-Chinese sentiment among the Burmese.
The Chinese made up the largest ethnic minority group in Cambodia before 1970.
In 1975, the Chinese population in Cambodia was 425,000. Of this number, only 200,000 Chinese survived the next four years. More than half the Chinese population was decimated by Pol Pot’s genocidal Khmer Rouge cadres.
A few months ago this year in May, there were the anti-China/Chinese riots in Hanoi.
The Vietnamese who in the late 1970s and 1980s made “boat people” an international news headline were of Chinese origin. I wonder if they had also vociferously proclaimed that they were Anak Bangsa Vietnam (but then ready to take the first boat to Tasmania).
The Jakarta race riot occurred on 12-14 May 1998.
May appears to be a suey (bad) month for the Chinese diaspora.
The ‘Filipino First’ policy privileged natural born Filipinos over naturalized Filipinos, including preference in government jobs. It was arduous for the Chinese to become citizens in the country until 1974 when President Ferdinand Marcos relaxed the naturalization process and enabling many Chinese to become Philippine citizens.
The majority of its Chinese residents were denied status as citizen at the country’s independence. A lot of the Chinese there do not hold a Brunei passport.
One supposes that if the Brunei Chinese had gotten their citizenship on a silver platter, they would behave like the Chinese in Malaysia.
USA & Australia
The USA had in the past legislated the Chinese Exclusion Act on account that the Chinese immigrants were impossible to be assimilated while in the land Down Under too a ‘White Australia’ policy was adopted at one time that shut the country’s door on non-whites.
Even up till the noughties (turn of the millennium), immigration controls in Australia were tight enough as to reject Hannah Yeoh’s application for Permanent Residence.
Meanwhile in Malaysia
Najib Razak inadvertently misleads the Chinese into believing that vernacular school is a constitutional guarantee.
And the Chinese insist it is the Malays who are the pendatang.