Keturunan / Race

We had to fill in a form for PERKESO (Malaysia’s Social Security). There was a column that asked for the keturunan (race) of every person in Figtree. Without thinking I told Vilin to put it down as “Malaysian”.

“Are you sure?” She asked.

“Ya. My dad was born in Malaysia, so am I. I have no intention to go back to China, why should I list myself as Cina?”

So on the form, everyone is officially listed as race = “Malaysian”.

Vilin warned me that the PERKESO officer may question me.

If he does so, I am very glad to argue with him on why I am doing what I am doing.

“Bapa saya orang Malaysia, Ibu saya orang Malaysia, jadi saya orang Malaysia!”