Originally Posted by Patrick
I think that this worsening problem concerning racial integration is mainly because of the mindset that most Malaysians have.
You see, the Chinese tend to think that they're better than others. They will only mix with those whom they think is of their standard.
That's why in my college, although not UiTM, and in some other institutions (high school, tuition centres), it's really difficult to mix with them due to their snobbish character.
On the other hand, some Malays are inferior to the Chinese. They don't want to embarass themselves. As a result, we see them mingling only with the ones of the same skin colour as them. Some even think that the Chinese are plague-bearers. They think that the Chinese bring negative influences such as gambling, and is often associated with vulgarity.
Take note that I used the word "tend" and "some." Not everyone thinks the same way. This is just one generalisation from my observation.
As I am in a Malay-dominated college, it's almost impossible to survive without making friends with them. It's not difficult actually. One just has to break the ice. Show them that we're good people. Justify our sincerity.
And, there are capable Malays out there, but their reputation is tarnished by the less capable ones. Let's see it this way. We're all equal. There are good Malays, and there are bad ones. It's the same when it comes to the Chinese, the Indians, Punjabis, etc.
I think that that was a fantastic post, very mature and very to the point. In fact, this thread is a good one, where people are able to air their views on polarization while not exactly crossing the lines of bashing.
Racial issues, as Gemini_gal said, have always been, is, and will always be a sensitive issue. However, let us try to take the opinions from each other, whether it criticizes our own race or not, with a pinch of salt, and take it as a point of discussion.