Infernal Ramblings
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I found out where Google sucks...

Written by johnleemk on 6:01:45 am May 1, 2006.

It has a terrible a "what links here" function. I searched Google, MSN and Yahoo! for links to the Wikipedia article on Ketuanan Melayu and to this blog, and guess who came out the worst? Google. Yahoo! was a clear winner, with MSN somewhere in the middle. Yikes.

For Ketuanan Melayu, Google gives you about 10 hits, all of them other Wikipedia articles. Pitiful, even compared to MSN's eight hits. MSN at least has some diversity -- there's one Mandarin forum (any readers care to translate it for us?), a couple of blogs, and a few Wikipedia articles. Still, this is all terribly measly compared to Yahoo!'s astonishing trove, that captures an even more diverse plethora of websites. The downside, of course, is that none of these search engines have that much of a considerable overlap, so you have to use all three if you want the most accurate picture possible with current technology. (And even then, I doubt it's complete.)

I then Googled for links to the forums. Surprisingly, there were no hits. Big thumbs down. MSN dug up various blogs and forums which I have commented at on one time or another, but it's clearly very incomplete. The big winner -- yet again -- was Yahoo!, with almost 50 hits; nearly all of them were links from blogs or forums, but the important point is that Yahoo! gives you the most well-rounded picture of my promotional campaign. Still, none of them are very complete. Quite sad, considering I know there are a lot more links to be found out there. But hey, who else but me has the time to waste on trivial crap like this anyway?

On another note, in the course of my Googling, I turned up this 2001 essay from an MCKK (Malay College Kuala Kangsar, one of the most esteemed Malay boarding schools, for those not in the know) alumnus. I found it quite revelatory, and not just because it's the first reference to ketuanan Melayu predating 2003 that I have found. The quality of the English was a bit surprising as well, but I guess it just goes to show how underexposed to the real Malay intelligentsia I am.

Now, what's really interesting is how the chap doesn't pull any punches. This is one of (if not) the first real no holds barred criticisms of ketuanan Melayu I've seen coming from a Malay. (And one educated in a segregated school, at that.) The most interesting point raised is the astonishing percentage of Malays with education at the tertiary level -- only 14%! I don't know about you, but I honestly expected this figure to be at least two or three times higher, considering how our government goes on and on about the quality of Malaysian higher education. The writer has no qualms about directly comparing this to the Singaporean Malay figure of 25%, and doesn't shrink from equating ketuanan Melayu with Nazism. (Something even I, the 15-year-old dropout, have never done.)

Okay, now that I'm done with that, it's time for the same spiel: I'm not dead, and I haven't forgotten about this site. I'm just exceptionally busy these days. I have an exam coming up in a month and my class load is quite heavier this semester, leaving me almost no time to work on the coding for this site. The design isn't a substantial improvement interface-wise, but at least the colour scheme will be a lot more easier on the eyes.

And so, before I leave you to study for World History, happy May Day!

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