Malaysia is more prosperous than Indonesia resulting in the influx of over 1.5 million immigrants. The two nations are seeking to create friendship and cooperation in order to assert their influence in southeast Asia, but stereotypes separate the two nations. Indonesians complain about “arrogant Malaysians” while Malaysians view their neighbors as “incompetent Indonesians.” Most reports indicate widespread discrimination against Indonesian immigrants who frequently work long hours at low pay and encounter continual physical abuse.
It is fascinating how the power of stereotypical thinking separates rather than unites people. It is also interesting how similar stereotypes emerge in the world. Some group is always castigated as being inferior while another is viewed as being arrogant.