Quota System Vs. One Standard for All

Secretary for Labour of USA, who was interviewed by a TV station in Hong Kong, talked about "One Standard for all".

She talked about quota system in America. For example, in University admission, certain percentage is allocated to certain ethnic group, another percentage is for another ethnic group. She thought that that would deny opportunities to many, and she seeks "equal opportunity for all".

About the quota system, in my opinion, the thinking behind it is good - care for all people in our society, irrespective of race.

But think also of the student affected : if you are a very able student, and you are turned away because the quota for your ethnic group is used up, and you see people less qualified gaining access to opportunities that you have been working hard for, and for years, how will you feel?

In Malaysia in times past, there had been Malays against Chinese, because they thought the Chinese would care only for Chinese, and deny opportunities to the Malays. This is true. Chinese business man would usually care for people of his own race or clan, and care little for other race.

Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia have written several books, and in the books, you may read about the Malay's feeling about this.

When Israelites were captured by the Babylonians, and taken to foreign places, LORD told them : "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon : build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there , and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. [Jer 29:4-7]

I think people should listen to LORD in this, and also not forget "One Law for All".


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