Bumiputra (“Sons of the Soil”), is a government program conceived by Muslims in Malaysia to ensure that the Chinese and Indians, as non-Muslims, would be forced to pay to support the Muslim population. It requires non-Malays, that is the non-Muslim Chinese and Indians, to hire Malaysians, and share a company’s wealth with them even when they do little or nothing. It’s a set-up that infuriates those who are not its beneficiaries. And the real “sons of the soil” — the indigenous tribes — being pagan or christianized, do not receive any support from the Bumiputra system, and see their lands encroached upon, seized, stolen, by Muslim Malays.
Now Muslim Malays — it is they alone who appear to be handling matters related to the plane investigation — have been repeatedly shown to be incompetent or devious or both.
This will be remembered in China. What political and economic effects this has on the Muslims of Malaysia can’t be known, but the unedifying spectacle has, for much of the world, been — edifying.