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cakap cakap : Sheriff Kassim : DAP, the Malays, NEP etc.

Yes, that’s what the Malay chat groups say about the DAP — the leopard cannot change its skin. But I don’t see how the DAP is communist because when they were in PH govt, their policies were more market-oriented than socialist. In fact, when LGE became finance minister, his speeches in Spore and HK showed he was pro-private investment and he was pro a free enterprise economy.  In Penang, their tunnel project is not state-financed but privatized to a big corporation. That’s capitalism The DAP also encouraged a lot of upmarket property development on the beach fronts, something which the environmentalists and the Socialist Party of Malaysia have strongly criticized as pandering to narrow commercial interests.

Of course, the DAP irritated the Malays with their demand for UEC to be recognized as promised in PH Reformasi Agenda . The Malay partners in PH were also involved in drafting the Agenda . So if it’s a promise by the multiracial PH, it has to be honoured. Besides, the UEC is widely recognized for university entrance outside Malaysia.

Then there is the issue of khat. Like the DAP, many Malaysians don’t see why it should be made compulsory. If it’s optional, it won’t become a controversy.

There is no way for the Chinese to take over the country. The DAP by itself cannot win the majority of seats even if all Chinese vote for their race. . It can only come to power with Malay support. And by sheer numbers, the Malays will always be in control of the govt and the administration of d country. On top of that, the Constitution provides for the Malay rights on religion, language and the economy to be protected by the Council of Rulers.

Over the last fifty years since the start of industrialization, there has been so much Malay rural to urban migration that KL and Penang are looking so much more multiracial than before. The chairman of the Electoral Review Committee told us G25 that if there is local elections in the Federal Territory, Malay candidates can do well. Many of the Malay elites in the corporate sector and GLCs today come from a rural background, thanks to the govt’s successful education programme of providing day schools as well as residential schools all over the country. This progress has been well documented in World Bank reports on Malaysia. Although the Malay ownership of share capital has not reached the 30% target, the fact remains that the Malay middle class is very much bigger today than it was 50 years ago thanks to the NEP. Of course, we can argue about the black spots in the NEP like cronyism, favouritism etc but fundamentally the Malays are much better off today. And I can see from the young generation today, the educated Malay youths are digital savvy and prefer to do their own thing than to be wage earners in air-cond office jobs. The young ones are not afraid to take risks, which is the hallmark of entrepreneurship. And they go into business with their Chinese and Indian friends, knowing that for a business to be successful, they have to work together and take the risks together. They don’t look to the NEP for special preferences because they don’t need them in the modern economy. In fact, the NEP is fast becoming obsolete.

Sheriff Kassim




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