|It is my belief that it is often wise to let others do the talking sometimes and just listen or in this case here, to borrow the knowledgeable eloquent writer's writing. James Wong is a truly remarkable guy whose intelligence is undoubtedly apparent. His adoring supporting electorate obviously appreciates his compassion, fair-mindedness and understanding of many Malaysian issues and his compassion for all strata of society is admirable. |
Personally, I have also come to the conclusion after much reflection on the NEP, that it ought to be scrapped and the playing field be leveled like in Singapore. Even while I was in Canada, Malaysia was ridiculed by MBCs (Malaysian born Canadians), Singaporean Malay and Chinese friends and others because of the slow pace of its socio-economic development and the discriminatory policies that were (and still are) in force here. 'Why', they were questioning me, at that time in the late 1980s 'are there so many Bumiputra nouveau riche on one hand and so many more impoverished Malaysians of all races after all these years since the NEP was introduced years ago'?
Now, Malaysians are told the bad news that the target of 30% has even fallen further behind despite the more convincing private conclusions of a reputable Malaysian NGO that the 30% has been breached to a higher figure, well over 45%.
Well, since the government thinks the figure cannot be reached and keeps rolling back the deadlines for it to end, it should rethink about having it anymore, more so when there appears to be strong evidence the policy was born out of unholy self-serving human interests.
I need to mention that the last time I posted a critical letter that touched on the NEP, written by a wise Singaporean Malay, I received an overwhelming response from angry and disappointed Malaysians all over the world (some of the many brains I've heard who emigrated overseas in disgust), all of whom supported the good doctor's comments, telling Bumiputras to awake and stop being spoon-fed for so long in today's competitive global world.
The following article appeared in the Malaysiakini blog today.
NEP under siege
The race-based affirmative action programme in Malaysia known as the New Economic Policy (NEP) has always been controversial, both in its underlying ideology as well as implementation or delivery, since its inception in 1970.
Meanwhile, Rommel has clarified that he did not call for the abolition of the NEP and merely observed that the existence of the NEP has a bearing on the EU-Aaean FTA negotiations and he is willing and ready to hold dialogue with the Malaysian government.