The Seriousness of Betrayal

Kuok’s sugar empire was eaten by the fat vampire’s family abruptly. Imagine, a world renowned international trade business personality, what humiliation he received in return for his single-minded help all this while for his own country & government? And Najib would never think that the consequences of offending the Sugar King will be so serious.

Betrayal is serious enough to change economies of the world. What this article is describing is the betrayal of the Malaysian leaders towards the Overseas Chinese in the person of Robert Kuok.

This Act of betrayal not only clarified Kuok’s position in Malaysia, for Kuok, it caused him to reposition his advantage in the world. As the article suggests, he seems to have gotten the better position than what the Malaysian government ended up with.

But then two things should be understood. One, at the time of the betrayal, Kuok was positioning himself from outside the OODA loop (a time-step following the process of Observation, Orientation, Decision and Action) of Malaysia, while being Malaysian. His position before betrayal was ambiguous in that he was both Chinese and Malaysian.

While I don’t judge the position Kuok was coming from, his position represents a betrayal of the Malaysian OODA loop. In other words, as a Oversea Chinese, Kuok was coming from, and his resources were going towards, a position that was not within the environment of the Malaysian society, therefore a betrayal.

Second, while I have to assume Kuok’s dealings with the people of Malaysia was fair, his position represented a “extra” force inside the Malaysian society. Because of its economy, a society can be called a distribution of energy in which the sum of the forces is zero. So combining the two (the distance of the position Kuok’s coming from, which is China, and the force representing Kuok as the sugar king) in betrayal, energy was created.

Energy is defined as force at a distance and the distance China represents is easily defined in betrayal. The force is in the potential that the “Sugar King” created.

A OODA loop represents a distribution of energy, as the economy of the society distributes itself in time-steps. Kuok, by being what is defined as an Oversea Chinese, was trying to distribute the energy of the Malaysian OODA loop in more than one direction (in step with both the Malaysian and Chinese culture). In physics, this represents a “betrayal” of energy, if judged by no other reason.

The sum of the forces that are inside a society that make up a OODA loop is zero, if that society is stable. With Kuok’s position of a great magnitude and being, at least partly, outside the OODA loop of the Malaysian society, the forces were not zero, and an “extra” force developed in the form of betrayal. Betrayal being a form of energy.

This article reflects the feelings of that betrayal, from the Chinese perspective. This paragraph taken from Overseas Chinese in Wikipedia probably best describes the way it is in Malaysia:

Ethnic politics can be found to motivate both sides of the debate. In Malaysia, Overseas Chinese tend to support equal and meritocratic treatment on the expectation that they would not be discriminated against in the resulting competition for government contracts, university places, etc., whereas many “Bumiputra” (“native sons”) Malays oppose this on the grounds that their group needs such protections in order to retain their patrimony. These are carried out through affirmative actions. The question of to what extent ethnic Malays, Chinese, or others are “native” to Malaysia is a sensitive political one. It is currently a taboo for Chinese politicians to raise the issue of Bumiputra protections in parliament, as this would be deemed ethnic incitement.[53]

As Wikipedia explains, the Oversea Chinese represents a small minority in the society of the shared economy, but because of the content of the Chinese character of the Oversea Chinese, they represents a large part of the economy in Malaysia.

To give this another perspective to view from, the Oversea Chinese would represent the top 1% of the American economy. The “extra” forces the Oversea Chinese created in the Malaysian society would be similar to the force created if the “1%” in America shipped the manufacturing jobs Overseas to China, and created a consumer economy to replace the manufacturing economy destroyed (construction/destruction).

It could be that in time-steps, betrayal goes in both directions, but may only be Observed by looking backwards. If that is true and we only see betrayal in one direction, it might be important for those who feel betrayed to look in both directions, as you might see yourself as well as the other guy.

Much easier said than done.

via China and Malaysia: Sugar and frozen durian « China Daily Mail.