I hate cut and paste jobs, preferring the more esoteric, mind-boggling op-eds (opinion-editorials) postings but the following article popped up in the Star today (page W35).
Chinese are the least open to mixed-race marriages in Singapore, with many blanching at the thought of tying the knot with someone of another race, a study said yesterday.
Only 31% of surveyed ethnic Chinese in Singapore said they would marry a Malay or an Indian. Nearly, 25% would object if their child married a Malay or Indian.
The poll of 1,824 Singapore citizens aged 15 and above was conducted by assistant professor Norman Vasu and Yolanda Chin with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
The findings, published in The Strait Times, revealed that Singaporeans are more accepting of co-workers, political leaders, police officers and teachers from another race or religion, but not, when it comes to intimate relationship.
Indians emerged as only slightly more open, with 35% of those queried willing to marry a Chinese and 39%, a Malay. Their feelings about having a sibling in a mixed marriage were nearly the same as the Chinese.
Malays were the most open, with 52% saying they would marry a Chinese and 46% comfortable with an Indian spouse.
Singapore’s predominantly Chinese population has 14% Malays and 6% Indians. A majority race in any society tends to be more insular than the minorities, said sociologist Paulin Straughan.
“When you are the majority, you tend to be very comfortable with everyday life and the status quo, to the extent that you don’t have to be sensitive to the minorities. If you are a minority, you have no choice. You can’t avoid dealing with other races”.
Do you get the feeling that LKY’s meritocracy standards do not apply to bedrooms, maritally or otherwise? The survey did not specify the location of the respondents, therefore, we have to leave out what happens in the cat-house.
Anywayz, there’s a lesson here which we can learn, right? And please, folks, this has nothing to do with AAB marrying a non-Malay. It merits merit, the marriage, I mean but it’s not something which merits more than what it is. (hey, go figure).
Meanwhile, I guess, with my background, I gotta try harder the next time.