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UMNO racists are muted about real 1Malaysia policies

NEP was totally twisted to exclude poor people from non-bumi.

Don’t argue with me on this point, I had experienced myself after my SRP. I remembered clearly I was a “jaguh kampung” in the Malay majority rural school, the headmaster and Malay teachers announced to us that science boarding school is for bumi only.

UMNO racists know the fact that they are the root cause for racial polarization but deny to admit.

The immiediate right policy is to stop discount to bumi affordable house buyers and replace it with discount to all poor rakyat.

FIGHTING POVERTY: Let all Malaysians gain from policies

DR A. SOORIAN, Seremban

AT the 60th Umno annual general assembly recently, it was stated in no uncertain terms that the Malays are nowhere near the intended target of a 30 per cent share of corporate capital.

After more than 30 years of the New Economic Policy, it was only at 19.2 per cent currently, the party added.

Therefore, it was argued that we must continue with the NEP.

The NEP was formulated in 1971 with the noble motive of lifting all Malaysians out of poverty and ensuring that they have unhindered access to basic opportunities in life.

In the implementation of the NEP, the interests of the minority races must not be ignored.

Times are changing rapidly and we must be bold enough to change accordingly to make life more meaningful.

We must think of everybody: the poor Malay fisherman, the impoverished Indian estate worker and the struggling new village Chinese.

We want something more pragmatic, something that works for all Malaysians.

For instance, there are many non-Malays who are homeless. Many in the minority group use their life savings to put up the deposit for a house and seek the help of financial institutions to secure loans to satisfy the developers’ terms and conditions.

It would be a big boon for them if house prices were reduced to be on a par with that for Bumiputeras. This would pave the way for an equitable house-owning democracy.

Some four decades ago, the Indian share capital ownership was in the region of less than one per cent. After all these years, the figure has remained more or less the same.

It is sad that some Umno leaders in the past had jumped up to point to the business success of T. Ananda Krishnan whenever the question of Indian poverty was raised.

This is nothing more than a red herring. Ananda Krishnan is just the exception, not the rule. One swallow doesn’t make a summer.

It is time we advanced the economic policies of all Malaysians pari passu. We must give substance and form to national unity.We must give meaning to 1Malaysia.

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