Filipino not classified as Malay race: ICA’s being evasive?

The news that arched many eyebrows is the denial by the Immigration and Customs Authority (ICA) that Filipinos are categorised as Malay.

Following rumours, a Malay MP had sought clarification.

ICA replied that Filipinos are TYPICALLY categorised as Others. This implies that there were exceptions.

A visibly upset Malay friend disclosed that he had seen a Filipino’s IC with the word MALAY as his race.

The government has taken pains to reassure the Malay community that despite an influx of immigrants the ratio of the Malays to the other races remains constant.

There’s no doubt, in the minds of discerning people, that to maintain that ratio the government has resorted to duplicity, a consistent trait of the ruling regime.

So it surprises nobody when it surreptitiously categorises Filipinos as Malay to create the illusion that the racial ratios remain undisturbed.

This is politically motivated. Creating new citizens is a known stratagem to ensure more votes for it.

Under the Constitution the Malays are accorded special rights. Will Filipinos enjoy these rights as well?
Rights like free schooling.

How many Filipinos have been classified as Malay? And on what grounds? Singapore citizens have a right to know.

The public expect ICA to answer these questions.

3 Responses to “Filipino not classified as Malay race: ICA’s being evasive?”

  1. Filipino is quite close to Malay race. Some words of Tagalog are same as some Malay words. Quite close doesn’t mean Filipino is also part of Malay race!

  2. I’ve been waiting years for the Government to recognise that the finest relevant distinction for ‘race’ is ‘human’, and amend our ICs accordingly.

    Within living memory, we used to be a ‘multi-racial’ society in the sense of the mixing bowl: we all mixed together, and the resulting ‘Singaporean’ dough had influences from all ingredients, even as the separation between them had become meaningless.

    We’re now ‘multi-racial’ in the sense of the salad bowl; we mix and intemix, but no matter what the chef does, the ingredients remain what they were: nothing more, nothing less.

    History shows quite consistently which form of multiculturalism yields harmonious, stable, sustainable societies. It is existentially imperative that we learn from history, rather than doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. There’s a word for that, in most languages.

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