Abu Sadr Abu Bakr
Before I venture further in this issue, I would like to share some of my background when I was an ordinary young Malay boy.
My father worked in a private bank as a clerk while my mother was teaching at a primary school. I just graduated from a polytechnic and a diploma in business administration. Educational opportunities given to me is the result of the affirmative policy of the Barisan Nasional and Umno's struggle to help the Malays.
I hope the efforts of government to help the Malays will continue. This is because the Malays are the majority of the people who are poor and low income.
Without the opportunity provided by the government, the Malays will continue to be backward and poor. This situation may invite problems for the stability of the country when the majority is are poor people, tension will exist and will forge the risk of riots and bloodshed.
Although I agree and support government policies that would like to continue to help the Malays, I believe that drastic changes be made to approach this policy.
I do not deny the success of the New Economic Policy (NEP). Many Malay professionals have progressed as a result of this policy. We were pleased with there are now many Malay millionaires. But can NEP can succeed in its mission?
For example, the NEP set a target for 30 per cent Bumiputera equity share achieved in 1990. Now, 20 years after the target date, we have not managed to achieve the NEP.
Is this the cause?
For young people do not have any interest or position in any political party, the NEP simply does not benefit them.
Many of my friends are young Malays who live in the city living on salary that can not cope with the rising costs of living in a growing city. Their salary will not raise and if there is any, it's just minute.
My friends do not want the 'tongkat'. They realize that to succeed, the Malays must fight on their own merits. But at the same time, they argued that many government policies benefit only a handful of people who may have political cable with certain dignitaries. Is that fair?
Is this the true NEP?
On this awareness I would like to express my objection to Datuk Ibrahim Ali, President of the mighty Perkasa.
For me, Ibrahim does not understand the real problems of the Malays. His ideas centered more on issues of pressing the government for bad economic distribution of wealth to the Malays.
He did not touch on the question of ability and effort of the Malays themselves, and still hold the Tongkat subsidies mentality that hindered the progress of the Malays.
In fact, such mentality can become cancerous and deter us from becoming competitive and independent, which finally resulted in the Malay melukut gantang along with the culture of hope and lack of confidence in their own ability and dignity.
Even more serious was Ibrahim's refusal to look at the NEP critically and admit the weaknesses in government policies to help the Malays.
He just scream and scream for continuing affirmative policy for the Malays without questioning its effectiveness.
Did Ibrahim know that there are studies showing that the income gap for the Malay race is the highest compared to all other community?
From active questioning and slammed those who touches the NEP, I suggest that he should be spending time to re-examine the purpose and intention of the NEP itself among others with the objective of public benefit or return for a small group rather than exclusive.
If the intention and objectives of the NEP was to bear fruit, it would not divide the income of the Malays as the largest as compared to other races.
Lats but not least, he also uses a lot of rhetoric and language of the Malays reset to argue with the non-Malays.
Such a narrow view not only embarrassing but also make people look down on us with suspicion. Success based on the rake of hostility and conflict with other community is plain bullshits, and sowing the seeds of hatred and negative thinking in the head of the Malays is simply wrong.
For me and my friends, this approach is bad and sinful.
The Malays can no longer fear the emotional rhetorics. Now is the time for us to change our ways.
Prime Minister's approach is precisely where the Malays are poor and needy should be helped regardless of political beliefs. While, talented Malays should be supported on the principle of merit that meet market demands.
This is a paradigm shift in their efforts to develop the nation by helping the destitute and needy, and at the same time meet the demand for building competitiveness and excellence for those who have the potential and ability.
In short, if we follow the way of Ibrahim and his Perkasa, a belief that will cause the Malays to continue to retreat. This is because we would feel comfortable with the tongkat, with racist rhetorics, but ultimately we will not be developed.
In the meantime, some of you are of the opinion that I was a young Malay delirious, ingrate and like to bite the hands that feed. No, I want to stress that it is our responsibility to the future and direction of the race to ensure that the hands that feed could continue to eat and feed into the real hungry mouths and not those who are fat fat cat!