But here I was welcomed by a few racists who were similar to the present Ahmad Ismail. After reporting for duty for a few days I was wondering to the other sections. One racist whispered to me 'There are a lot of mangosteens here'. I was puzzled as I know my office is an office and not a fruit market. There are also no fruit trees around the office building. Then seeing that I was still confused he told me what he meant. All my life this was the first time that I heard this kind of racial slur.
As the years passed by and many of my multi racial friends retired and their places were filled by Malays. I know about the New Economic Policy but for me I was missing something. I had fewer and fewer friends who could speak English. So I had to look outside my office to find people who could speak English. In a way this irked some of my Malay bosses. One boss told me 'You know these people are 'pendatang'. How can you make friends with them?' Another Ahmad Ismail.
One day my big boss who is a Malay of course called me and my Malay Chief Clerk to his office. He wanted to know about one of my non-Malay colleagues. As a true comrade I told him nothing but my CC blurted a few things. I in turn told my colleague about this meeting and what the CC told about him. As a result my colleague and this CC had an argument. My Malay Chief Clerk came to me and asked 'Why did you side this 'bangsa asing?' I simply replied 'I won't rat against a fellow officer. Another thing, if I have to choose between a 'bangsa asing' colleague and a Malay non-colleague like you I'll choose the 'bangsa asing'. This Ahmad Ismail must had reported this confrontation to our big boss because this boss suddenly changed his attitude towards me ever since. Another Ahmad Ismail, this one holding the highest post in a government department. There must be scores of Ahmad Ismails working under him, me excluded.
As you can see there are a lot of Ahmad Ismails among us.