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DAP CEC — a kindergarten lesson in simple arithmetic

Teacher: Good morning.
6-year-olds: Selamat pagi, Cikgu.

Teacher: Okay, class. For Math today, we’re going to learn percentage.
6-year-olds: Yes, lao shi.

Teacher: Alright, here is how we do the sum. As you all know, we just attended an exciting party. How many children were in the big hall yesterday?
6-year-olds: Thirty.

Teacher: That’s correct. There were thirty. Now, can you name your friends at our Sunday party? Just tell me those who are not Chinese.
6-year-olds: Gobind! Kula. Also Kasthuri. And Jannie…


Teacher: Is that all? Have you forgotten anybody?
6-year-olds: There’s Rara too.

Teacher: Right. So we have Syefura, Jannie and Kasthuri. And Kula plus Gobind. Let’s count them.
6-year-olds: One, two, three, four, five, lao shi.

Teacher: Now pay attention, class. We’re going to calculate % which means per hundred. Your non-Chinese friends are how many?
6-year-olds: Five.

Teacher: And yesterday our party were how many?
6-year-olds: Thirty.

Teacher: Listen carefully. We call our five non-Chinese friends ‘a part’. We call the thirty children semua at the party ‘the whole’. Class, what do you call a part of the whole?
6-year-olds: Fraction.

Teacher: What is our non-Chinese fraction?
6-year-olds: 5/30.

Teacher: Next, we learn that ‘percent’ means per every hundred.
6-year-olds: But there are only 30 of us, lao shi, not 100.

Teacher: True, there are 30 of you boys and girls. Twenty-five of you are Chinese. Five of you are non Chinese. From fraction we go on to calculate percentage. Can anybody tell me what is the percentage of non Chinese at yesterday’s party?
Smart alec: 5 divide 30 multiply 100 equals 16.7%

Teacher: Clever boy, Tony. There are 16.7 percent non-Chinese in our happy family party. But enough of math for today. Tell me what you want to be when you grow up, children. We’ll go around the room, starting from front row.

Gobind: Lawyer

Hannah: Preacher

Teresa: Online shopper

Lim Guan Eng: Chairman of The Company

Lim Hui Ying: Director of The Company

Lim Kit Siang: Mentor of The Company

The Lims: It’s our company, mah.

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14 thoughts on “DAP CEC — a kindergarten lesson in simple arithmetic

  1. In my Colonial past, my teacher taught me 1 + 1 = 3 or the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Corallary. Please explain why some prominent names are missing in action – the most poignant of all since 1966 ! Pua, Ong and Nga who tried so hard to make themselves seen and heard. Or the new Company is now dominated by ‘born again’ camaraderie and not Buddhists and aethists ?

    1. Uncle,

      Nga finished in the Top 30. It is his cousin Ngeh who missed the cut.

      As for Ong, the delegates obviously see through him for the hypocrite that he is.

      1. On your ” Uncle”, in the 1960s, I used to travel to Singapore at 6 am by MSA Comet. I was the only one in the cabin. The air hostess usually joined me for breakfast. Years later, they would call me ‘Mr’. Then, a few years more, they called me ‘Uncle’. I knew I was finished !

    1. HY. My father from Guandong, was a dish washer in Towkay Loke Yew’s kitchen at 16 in 1889. He became good at the abacus. By 1900, Towkay Loke Yew gave him and 3 others a piece of land in Sungei Besi in which they discovered the richest tin lode in the World. His sons donated his mansion with 13 acres to the Federal Government in 1957 which is now known as the First Istana Negara and featured in the 5 Ringgit banknote for 45 years.

      1. brother, the one where mahathir mansion now situate?

        i believe the so call chinese savvy in business have much to do with arithmetic. i notice most of my primary and secondary school classmate that poor in study but do well in business tend to be good in arithmetic, they can quickly arrive at an answer with numerous variable and thus become very decisive. of course today everyone is using excel and ppt with various number simulation and financial analysis, however i still think one that good at arithmetic help much to survive better, this is one of reason i firmly insist chinese school must stay.

        1. Yup ! The big pond in front of TDM house gave rise to my father founding 3 banks with others, Kwong Yik 1913, KL. Bank of East Asia Hong Kong 1919. Lee Wah Bank 1931 Singapore , Later his family, OUB Singapore 1949.and the Confucian Secondary School 1908, the first in KL. Nowadays, they only know how to steal from others.

        2. HY. Do you believe in KARMA ? In 1919, there was a Great Slump. My father sold out his Kwong Yik Bank shares because his erstwhile colleagues used the bank to grab the assets of its distressed customers like the Triang Estate. Their descendants no longer exist today March 2022. Crooks do not get away even generations later.

          1. chinese businessman like to be characterised as confucian merchant or scholar trader, you shd be proud of yr dad if he is one. there are many dark side wrt human, what we can do is to advocate the morally sound values and right worldview, i dont believe in most thing metaphysical, but i think perhaps religion and thought like karma have it role.

            1. My father was illiterate. He was a Confucian believer. He founded the first Chinese Secondary School, the Confucian Secondary School in Kuala Lumpur in 1908. He sent all his children to the Methodist Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, Kuala Lumpur after his eldest son died from TB as a student at St. John’s Institution. That was pre-war 1941 Malaya.

            2. Now I sent all my children and grand children to the KMS. They all get A for Bahasa. No problem

        3. It was alleged Towkay Loke Yew was also into gambling farms, white slavery etc. He passed away in 1921 of malaria !

        4. My father through his children, one was married to the brother of the Founder of the MCA, Tun Sir Henry Lee Hau Sik in 1950 whilst another married the only sister of Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Hence, I am a Constitutionalist never a Communalist.since 1954. Not only that my father was the biggest donor to China’s War Effort eg planes, hospitals etc. When the Japanese came, he was on top of their wanted list. He was nowhere to be found. That’s another story of an Overseas Chinese.

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