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France should follow Malaysia

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Submitted by Anwar Taufik (Malaysia), Nov 9, 2005 at 10:52

Dear All,

I am a Malaysian Muslim. The incident in France is similar to the riots in Indonesia in 1999. After the Asian currency crises, the Indonesian economy collapsed. Thus, the poor revolted because they are too hungry. Their economy has been dominated by a few Indonesian Chinese families. Thus, I see similar pattern between France today and Indonesia few years ago. Hungry people are angry people. Whether they are muslims or not. That's why the Thai Muslims are also revolting. The Phillipines Muslims are also marginalised and hungry. The world development has left us, the Muslims, out.

Despite the fact that we, the Malay Muslims are marginalised economically by the Malaysian Chinese, we have peace in Malaysia. Primarily because the Malay Muslims are entitled to have 30% of the country's wealth through our National Economic Policy (NEP). Our children will have access to universities, they are able to find jobs and able to own equity interests in the capital markets. All this is possible because we have a quota systems. We have schools and universities meant only for the Malay Muslims. It is mandatory for all companies to employ at least 30% Malay Muslims.

I believe that France should also maintain a quota system and make it mandatory for all French companies to employ the Muslim youths. Learn from Malaysia. Malaysia is a peaceful Muslim country.
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