Whenever I read of a country claiming "We are very tolerant towards X/Y/Z" I know there's a problem.
If they're tolerant about Christianity like the Egyptians were last week, it means they're burning down churches. If they're tolerant about freedom of speech like the Russians claim, they're shooting journalists.
So in the same spirit do I smile when West Malaysian politicians use their favourite catch-phrase "harmonious multi-culture" to describe our society.
The three biggest ethnic group that live here are the Malays, Chinese and Indians. We don't have many visible racial problems here but there is no doubt that West Malaysia is incredibly racist.
A national affirmative action policy means the Malays/Bumis get special benefits including a discount when they buy a home. If you read the newspapers, you can see ads, "10% discount for Bumis".
It's also common to see ads: "Chinese sales girl wanted" and "Indian cook wanted" not "Mandarin or Hokkien speaker wanted" or "Cook specialising in Indian cuisine wanted".
To my European eyes where mentioning race in this way is taboo because such talk is illegal in my countries - and in many other places.
However, after many years here I've picked up some of this attitude too. One of my firmly held beliefs is that when you're Chinese and male, you must be good with technical stuff.
So I'm talking to my mate Ong who runs the photograph shop the other day, and after picking up my prints I ask if he can fix my phone for me.
"I don't do phones," he says.
"But you're Chinese!" I say.
Ong gives me a long look. "And you're orang puteh and you're not rich!"