Community Leadership / Education / Malay-Muslim Community

Statistical Analysis Supports National Approach on “Malay” Issues

Farhan Ali, a PhD candidate at Harvard University and a former RIMA Board member, wrote an excellent statistical analysis of the performance of Malay students over the last 20 years. Farhan found as follows: There is a strong correlation between Malay and national trends in % passes over the last 2 decades.  In other words, Malay … Continue reading

A National Approach to the “Malay” Problem
Community Leadership / Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

A National Approach to the “Malay” Problem

The State has largely defined issues affecting the Malay-Muslim Community (MMC) in Singapore as community issues.   This has largely defined the way we address these problems – by placing the heavy burden on the Community, and in particular Malay-Muslim Organizations (MMOs), to find solutions.  This has, not surprisngly, been an uphill struggle which has … Continue reading

Minding the (Stubborn) Gaps – Courage for Change?
Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

Minding the (Stubborn) Gaps – Courage for Change?

Member of Parliament Mr Zainudin Nordin remarked wrote in his letter to Sunday Times: “Mr Nizam’s refusal to see the improvements made but to instead lean on phrases like ‘stubborn gaps’ and ‘social inequality among the races’ is puzzling”. Mr Zainudin instead paints a glossy picture of the achievements of the Malay-Muslim Community (MMC), stating … Continue reading

Myth of Meritocracy
Malay-Muslim Community / Meritocracy

Myth of Meritocracy

Mr Zainudin Nordin, Member of Parliament and Ms Charlene Chang, Director, Community Relations and Engagement Division, MCYS wrote letters to the Sunday Times/Straits Times (16 Sep 2012 and 12 Sep 2012 respectively), expressing concerns over remarks I had made at a Forum organized by the Centre for Research and Islamic Affairs (RIMA). My replies to these letters … Continue reading