The urbanites Malay and Chinese surely face a same or a similar living and economic problem, whatever races living in any big city of the world.
As space is becoming smaller, competition for the live hood in the congested area demands greater attention now than it has been over the past years.
And so does the political mindset of each group.
Although each group differs greatly in its anticipation for change, the root to the problem does not drift that far.
A major problem faces the urban Chinese here is education. Whilst all members of their society prefer own language as medium of instruction getting job in the globalised markets such in Kuala Lumpur either requires the knowledge of English or Bahasa Melayu for job in the government services.
More than three quarter urban Chinese who attend Chinese schools do not have sufficient knowledge of Bahasa Kebangsaan or English that places them into a list of jobless person in the city. Those who achieve higher or university learning prefer to work overseas due to insufficient knowledge in Bahasa Kebangsaan. To earn a living most of these poor urban Chinese either work in Chinese establishments or enter into small business. They live in derelict flats and commune to work by public transport.
In the end, in supporting the end meet many involve in illegal trades selling copyrighted dvds, prostitutions, drug abuses, or involve in gangster related activities.
The sorry state of living condition and style of some urban young Chinese known to exist in years without special treatment from MCA, the party in BN that is supposing helping the poor electorates. Moreover, MCA too is propounding the interest of Chinese supremacy in Chinese education, which allows little or no sense toward proficiency of the local Bahasa Kebangsaan that further divides the youth from the main national stream.
As the Chinese establishments and businesses are, globalised once successful family owned businesses are beginning to adapt to the need of the international market. Players in the industry then begin to employ more professionals from elsewhere that leaves local urban young Chinese with a lesser hope to obtain new employment and upgrading living condition.
The young Malay poor too are subjective to the same syndrome. Whilst less pressure for job in the government services as they could mingle well on the work ethic among the group of Malays in the offices, the high cost of living in the city is destructing their living progress as much as the young Chinese experience.
Many young Malays who live in the city are graduates from universities or colleges, which bring them into government offices or employment, and little, are employed in the Chinese establishments.
This segregation by the nature of choice in early education really works well in the separation of each group’s inspiration and political mindset. The Malay is more for the government related services and the Chinese for other than government related services. Thus, the mindset for anti establishment exists in the society that has less relation with the government. In addition, it is not the fault of the Malay society at all.