Aiseyman! Racist Myanmar Minister says our soccer team is ‘adopted’ because they are Malay and not Chinese!
Even though our boys lost out to the Myanmar team 2-1 at the SEA Games football match,
What is he trying to say about our players when he calls them 'adopted'? He can't be referring to foreign-born players because our U23 team is comprised of all Singapore-born players. According to a Myanmarese source, he explained that many Myanmarese were hoping that their team will be playing against Chinese players because Singapore is a Chinese-majority country. So when they realised that our team is mostly made up of Malay players, their Minister thought that we had adopted our players! To put it another way, if Myanmar was up against Thai people from Thailand, he would not refer to them as 'adopted'.
Or it is because many of the Malays in Singapore are also Muslims? And we know how much the Myanmarese destest the Muslim Rohingyas in their own country that they would deny them of their Myanmar citizenship or even carry out genocide against them! Since they don't regard the Muslim Rohingyas as their own, do they also think that our Malay Muslims are adopted because like the Rohingyas, they don't belong to Singapore?
This not only shows how ignorant the Myanmarese Minister is, but he is downright racist! Singapore is a multi-racial society and the Malays have every right to represent our country in football or any other sport for that matter! In fact, it is the Malays, as compared to the other races, that have shown to have better apitude and talent for football, that is why many of them have been chosen to be on the national team! It is such an insult to us to say that our team is adopted!
The Myanmarese should not use their racist lens to judge other people in other countries. They are tainting the spirit of Sports which is supposed to bring people of all colour, creed and culture together. As Nelson Mandala once said “Sport has the power to change the world...It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” The Myanmarese and their Minister would do well to keep these words in mind at their upcoming matches.
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