The UMNO General Assembly 2006 has ended. As always some leaders are vowing with life and blood to protect Malay interest… can’t blame them, it’s a Malay congress after all, they need to show their aggressiveness towards the others to fulfill their own agenda; that’s politic.
It has been unofficially confirmed that there will be no deadline for NEP. Good to hear that, honestly. At least we can be sure of UMNO’s intention to utilize on the racial biased economic policy until they can get what they want, so call balanced wealth between races in the country.
It has been 35 years since the implementation of NEP, and the success has been minimal according to government stats. I can’t stop myself from feeling that NEP has been failed all these years. Let me rephrase it, NEP itself is a good idea, but those who implement it have failed miserably.
I support the idea of bridging the gap between rich and poor, and between races in a proper way. What I see is however a small group of Malays have been getting rich and richer while nothing much has been done to help the rural poor, and that sucks. Even from this UMNO assembly, I’ve read lots of proposals and ideas on how to make Malays rich, but nothing concrete about helping the poor.
Malays are still the lucky group; at least they are the majority and have the government, or UMNO to be precise, to protect them. The unlucky group is the poor from minority races; mind that Chinese, Indians and other races have lots of poor too, and they don’t have the political power to protect them.
I am already at the state of laziness to question any government policies; I know that’s nothing much that can be changed. Btw if you are a non-Malay like me, anything you said against the current protective policy will be asking for war… it’s not my words, it’s theirs.
Reading this blog post itself is laughable enough, it’s saddening for the need to address our fellow Malaysians as the others. Wouldn’t it be nice if we can simply call each other Malaysians? I guess it’s not going to happen anytime soon.