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Thursday, 27 September, 2007

Foreign Minister Being Questioned By Sarah Montague On BBC Hard Talk Regarding Issues In Malaysia

Filed under: Issues, Thoughts — Yatz @ 5:05 am

On 13th of September 2007, Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar was being questioned by BBC Hard Talk’s Sarah Montague..

The talk was supposed to be aired on Astro BBC channel, but it didn’t..Some said because it was not allowed to air the interview..

I don’t know..But one thing I know that there were some people who know this interview is going to showed on BBC..

Anyway, I’ll go to the several issues being discussed in the interview..

On the first part on the Youtube, the first question is whether the government will change the law for the sake of fairness among the races in Malaysia..

Then it comes to the question on how the Malaysian economy has been on the Malays side and that is unfair to the Chinese and Indian ethincs..

The problem of enrolling into public universities for the certain ethnics, where Malays have more privileges is also being questioned..

Dato Seri Syed Hamid keep denying allegations made by Sarah which he said the outsiders wouldn’t know what is happening here Malaysia..

I especially like Sarah’s way of approach when she asked the questions..She’s very aggressive..

This way, there’s not even a milisecond for Syed Hamid to think much on how to answer the questions..

But I guess he or any other ministers are already well-trained on how to tackle this kind of sensitive issues when being asked..

In the 8th minute of the first part, Syed Hamid says that Malaysia will come a time where all other races (Chinese, Indians, minorities) will eventually accept the fact that Malays are strongly helped by the government..

Hence, unfairness..I think he’s either didn’t get what Sarah is trying to ask or he has answered wrongly because he’s telling the truth where other races already accepted the unfairness..

Undoutbedly, this is a sad case if Syed Hamid thinks that other races will just keep quiet on how they were being treated compared to the Malays..

I guess what Sarah asking is actually what will the government do to tackle the inter-racial unfairness issue..

Syed Hamid actually denying it again and shot back at Sarah on the way she sees it as an outsider..

I like the part when Syed Hamid says Malaysia is the same if compared to other countries..Surely there’ll be unfairness..

Then Sarah shoot back at Syed Hamid, saying that for other countries, that’s their problem to handle themselves..

The question is what Malaysia is going to do about it..Hahaha..Take that..

IMHO, I don’t think a journalist or someone from BBC would blindly question a sensitive issue on TV before doing their homework..

I do believed that they have their ways to find the informations and the sources are at least 70-80% reliable..

Almost at the end of this video clip, Syed Hamid says Malaysia is not a racist country..

Every other races enjoy the achievements and there’s fairness among the races bla bla bla..

Well, maybe it is but the privileges that the Malays have, if accumulated, it is totally unfair to other races..That’s what Sarah was trying to say..


*Foreign Minister Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar Being Interviewed By Sarah Montague of BBC Hard Talk*

Look forward for the second posting..It has 3 video clips in total, with Malay subtitles..

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