Wednesday June 28, 2006
Shocking opinion, to say the least
WHEN I read Kelantan state tourism committee chairman Datuk Anuar Tan Abdullah's opinion on why we have trouble attracting expatriates to settle down in our country, I was dumb-founded, “Expats cannot lure Malaysian women easily” (The Star, June 27).
I hope I had misread, or perhaps the politician was misquoted.
I do not know how this politician, or others like him, came to the conclusion that expatriates do not wish to settle down in Malaysia because “Malaysian women cannot be easily influenced to become wives of wealthy foreigners” and that “the foreigners not only want a second home, they also want a second wife”.
This is exactly why we turn people away – backward, discriminative, politically incorrect and otherwise just irrational thinking, coupled with corruption and the red tape.
But it is always easier to blame someone else, isn't it? In this case, blame the preferences of Malaysian women, and that expatriates want more than one wife.
Seeing that developed countries do not allow bigamy, and that no foreigner I know, despite having been overseas for eight years, wishes to have a second wife makes me doubt Anuar's words.
I am not sure how the women of Malaysia feel, but I would certainly be offended. Please, if we are to become a developed nation, we have to come out of the dark ages and stop talking nonsense.