Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ethnic Minority Leaders

The whole world is watching Barack Obama. He is African American. He is running for office. Will he be the next American President?

America, however, will not be the first country in the world to have elected an ethnic minority as the leader. Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is a Sino Thai. So is former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a Sikh. The most powerful person in the world’s largest democracy, by the way, is the Italy-born Sonia Gandhi.

Peru’s ex-President Alberto Fujimori is an ethnic Japanese. He is, nonetheless, on the wanted list now.

Will Malaysia ever see a Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister who is Chinese, Indian, Dayak or Kadazan? Given that the nation’s politicians calling for “Malay supremacy”, I doubt it will happen in the foreseeable future.

What do they have in common?


  1. chances is extremely low.....

  2. 迷迭香
    Everybody is so pessimistic :'(

  3. Low chance, ya.

    But someday some Malay leader will rise from nowhere and be a well-respected and great leader. But maybe someone not from the ruling party? =p

    Politics is a dirty game, but we all need it.

  4. shingo
    Politics is a 'necessary evil', hahaha...

  5. Good observation! If ever Obama is elected, I think that would be a good step for America.

  6. 宝茹
    Not sure if Obama is better leader than McCain, but his election will be a good step for the world.

  7. Not in a million yrs. Those barbaric UMNO youths will be the first to revolt.