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IntroductionSingapore is a multi-racial country Based on the June 2012 statistics1 Singapore residents comprise of 74 Chinese 13 Malay 9 Indian and 3 of other races Singapore citizens of different races have the same rights as any other races Although Chinese are the majority in Singapore however the government did not build the country to become a Chinese country The country is fair towards every citizen regardless of raceThe government constantly puts in effort to promote racial harmony in the country such as having a racial harmony day to commemorate the1964 Race Riots which involved both the Malay and Chinese This is an important day for all Singaporeans as it reminds us not to take racial harmony for granted Singaporeans need be tolerant of different races and religion as we are all citizens of the country Comparing Malaysia and Singapore In Singapore the government has been emphasizing that every citizen is equal minorities are not treated as second class citizens However in Malaysia the UMNOs penang party division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail stated that the Chinese are only immigrant it was not possible to achieve equal rights among racesLecture notes Multi-Racialism-Forging a Singaporean Singapore In malaysia the government do not see the other minorities as citizens They are seen as immigrants Special Privileges for the Malay MalaysiansBased on the population statistics2 there are 56 Malay 13 Bumiputera3 24 Chinese 72 Indian and 1 of other races In Malaysia the Malays are the majorities and the other races such as Chinese and Indians are the minorities Although Malaysia is also a multiracial country it provides for Malay special privileges It is stated in the Article 1531 of Malaysian constitution that It shall be the responsibility of theYang di-Pertuan Agong4 to safeguard the special position of theMalaysand natives of any of the States ofSabahandSarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article Malays in Malaysia enjoy special privilege in terms
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