The Malay Peninsula Instructs the USA on How to Ease Racial Tensions

by J. Parnell McCarter

2014 was another year in which racial tensions flared in the USA, this time between the African American community and the national establishment (largely white).  Large protests and even some rioting accompanied the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, in which these two black men died during their encounters with police officers. Americans came to realize that years of government-sponsored affirmative action programs and the election of a black US president had done little to ease racial tensions.  If we care to listen, the Malay Peninsula has much to say about a practical way to ease many of these racial tensions.

The racial tensions that existed on the Malay peninsula are described at :

“On 16 September 1963, Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo and Sarawak were formally merged and Malaysia was formed… Racial tensions increased as the Chinese in Singapore disdained being discriminated against by the federal policies of affirmative action, which granted special privileges to the Malays guaranteed under Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia. There were also other financial and economic benefits that were preferentially given to Malays. Lee Kuan Yew and other political leaders began advocating for the fair and equal treatment of all races in Malaysia, with a rallying cry of "Malaysian Malaysia!".  Meanwhile, the Malays in Singapore were being increasingly incited by the federal government's accusations that the PAP was mistreating the Malays…The most notorious riots were the 1964 Race Riots that first took place on Prophet Muhammad's birthday on 21 July with twenty three people killed and hundreds injured. During the unrest, the price of food skyrocketed when transport system was disrupted, causing further hardship for the people.” describes how these racial tensions were eased on the Malay peninsula:

“Seeing no other alternative to avoid further bloodshed, the Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman decided to expel Singapore from the federation. Goh Keng Swee, who had become skeptical of merger's economic benefits for Singapore, convinced Lee Kuan Yew that the separation had to take place. UMNO and PAP representatives worked out the terms of separation in extreme secrecy in order to present the British government, in particular, with a fait accompli.  On the morning of 9 August 1965, the Parliament of Malaysia voted 126–0 in favor of a constitutional amendment expelling Singapore from the federation; hours later, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Republic of Singapore Independence Act, establishing the island as an independent and sovereign republic.”

The lesson of the Malay peninsula is that  affirmative action programs increase and do not decrease racial tensions, whereas allowing separate ethnic homeland nations eases racial tensions.  Do American politicians have the foresight and fortitude to implement the sort of peaceful partition I advocate at , or will they continue to be cowed by fears of the “racist” label?  In 2014 Dr. David Murray's main suggestion to ease racial tensions at  was a massive increase in black police officers (likely through affirmative action) , whereas mine was to let African Americans and Anglo Americans to each have our own separate ethnic homeland nations where each is a ruling majority in its own homeland, like was done on the Malay peninsula. Those who think my recommendation for the USA is immoral to be consistent should be calling for a repeal of what happened on the Malay peninsula in 1965. The reality is that the Malay peninsula offers a wise way of addressing our racial tensions in the USA.