3 April 2017
Perkasa: Singapore minister’s remark an insult to King, government
Perkasa says statement made by K Shanmugam, who is Singapore’s home affairs minister, on Singapore Malays doing better than Malays in Malaysia, was uncalled for.
PETALING JAYA: Malay right-wing group Perkasa wants Wisma Putra to send a letter of protest to Singapore for comments attributed to a senior minister comparing Singapore Malays with Malaysian Malays.
Singapore Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam had been reported as saying that Singapore Malays are better off in terms of education standing, skills and wealth than those of similar ethicnicity in Malaysia or Indonesia.
Perkasa deputy chairman Sirajuddin Salleh said the statement made by Shanmugam was uncalled for.
“I am concerned about the statement. It is not diplomatic and is an insult to the King and the government of Malaysia,” he told FMT when asked to comment on Shanmugam’s statement.
Sirajuddin said Malaysia and Singapore were close neighbours and there should be greater diplomacy between both countries.
“I hope Wisma Putra will issue a strong protest letter. To me, the remark is not good. I will not touch on the content because it is very subjective.
“It is just like if he comes to my house and says something that is not nice. Whether he is right or not, that is subjective, but in this case, it is not very nice,” Sirajuddin said.
Singapore Malays better off, claims minister
‘Our competition is no longer just Malaysia or Indonesia, we are competing with the world,’ says Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.
PETALING JAYA: Singapore Malays are better in terms of education standing, skills and wealth than a Malaysian or Indonesian Malay, says Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.
“With a stable, strong political system, with a strong government, with a guarantee for the minorities … with this framework, we can become the community that Muslim societies in other countries look towards and say, this is the example,” he said at the annual seminar organised by the Association of Muslim Professionals, reported ChannelNews Asia.
“Look at the progress in education – our PISA scores, look at mathematics, science, reading.
“Compare a Malay PMET (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) in Singapore and a Malay PMET in Malaysia, who is doing better.
“The same goes for the Indians, and for the Chinese in Singapore.
“Take them versus their counterparts across the causeway or around the region, we do better,” said Shanmugam.
However, he cautioned that while Singapore is doing better compared to many parts of the world, “within Singapore there is still a gap”, he said. “Our competition is no longer just Malaysia or Indonesia, we are competing with the world.”
He said the proportion of Malay Primary 1 students who go on to post-secondary education had doubled from 45% in 1995 to 93% in 2015. Those who eventually receive polytechnic diplomas, professional qualifications or university degrees have “gone up over a five-year period to 21%.”
He added that the proportion of Malays working as professionals, managers, executives and technicians increased to 28% in 2010 and the median real monthly income per capita has doubled since 1990.
Nearly 90% of Malay households own their own homes.
However, Shanmugam singled out three challenges facing the Malay-Muslim community: radicalisation, loss in jobs and the over-representation of Malays being caught for crimes and drug abuse.