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.
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