QUOTE (tangawizi @ Apr 11 2006, 02:07 AM)
So now you see why the Indonesians don't trust how the Aussies are handling the political refugees from Irian Jaya, ya?
These days, with the widespread use of TV journalism and internet, how a country projects itself is really important. Many asians view Australia's hawks in the government as wolves in sheepskins. Especially their businessmen who possess this frontier cowboy mentality where they think they are just brainier than thou..
My race? I am Singaporean. Juz choose any of the 4 major races and you'll find that I have a bit of everything there is.
To be honest in this case I feel the Aust govnt would have prefered if they could keep the refugees from Irian Jaya out but if they did I feel most of Aust would be up in arms.
I have to admit I wasn't happy that when the refugees arrived in Australia they started making political statements about Irian Jaya. My feeling is that if you claim to be a refugee and you want to come to Aust for a better life, then leave all your politics behind. The majorityof people who have come here want a peaceful life and left all this "crap" behind when they left "home". The last thing we want is for other people who want to come here to bring their problems from home with them.
Being from Malaysia I can understand the distrust of Aust but, having been here for a while I haven't found Aust prejudical against other people, except of course a radical few. The last time someone said anything remotely racist to me was abt 19 yrs ago. Where as in Malaysia my race was always an issue. I don't know much about Aust businessmen, only know a few.
Ahh, I wanted to know if you understood Malay, b/c if you didn't I could have made fun of you that you didn't understand your National Anthem but you probably do.
It seems unfair that you can tease me abt Aust but I didn't know enough to "tembak balik". Singapore really should do something about that. I think they're the only country where the majority of the popn, doesn't understand their national anthem, worse still their neighbours do.