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Speak no English UMNO fella is speaking on NEP

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QUESTION: What do you think is the major challenges faced by Umno in regaining the people’s support after the 12th general election last year?

ANSWER: Umno needs to have a restoration process. At one time, Umno consisted of various groups. Prior to 1946, there was no Umno, only teachers associations, writers association, Kampung Baru association, imams and the Malay associations of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang.

As it is, Umno might have detached itself from these groups.

But there have been a lot of changes after the New Economic Policy (NEP) was introduced, particularly in the period between 1970 and 1990.

Prior to that the Malays were just farmers and rubber tappers; there was no Malay business community, we only had groups willing to serve.

Aminuddin Baki (a Malay scholar in the 60’s dubbed Malaysia’s Father of Education) once said we were like chickens dying of hunger inside “a kepuk” (padi storage) or ducks swimming in water by dying of thirst.

Then after that there were moves towards changes. In 1970, under the leadership of the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the NEP was launch to restructure the society and eradicate poverty.

This was followed by […]