Dr Mahathir : Chinese will not have any higher political posts

Posted on August 10, 2010


Higher political positions will not be given to the Chinese as Malays have yet to achieve their fair share in the economic stake

The Star Aug 10 : The Chinese cannot gain more political power in this country until the Malays achieve a fair share of the economic stake, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.
In a post titled ‘To Be Or Not To Be Racist’ on his blog Tuesday, the former prime minister wrote that the Barisan Nasional government would not give higher positions to the Chinese as the Malays had not achieved adequate control of the nation’s economy.
“In the political field, the Malays appear to be in control. Most of the high posts, ie. PM, MB, etc, are held by the Malays. If these posts are held by the Chinese, then not only will the economy be under Chinese control but the political arena would also be under the Chinese.
“What will the Malay stake be in the country?” he asked.
He said he “had to give the true reasons” after being startled by questions posed by an ex-MP at a recent gathering.

However, he admitted that the Malays were also at fault for not making correct use of the opportunities created for them under the New Economic Policy (NEP), which has been around for nearly 40 years.
“But whatever the reasons, the Malays have not gained for themselves the 30% target in corporate ownership even. But more than that, if a proper audit is made, their wealth is even less than 30% of total wealth of the people of Malaysia.
“Most of the wealth of the country belongs to the Chinese. It can also be said that the Chinese control the economy of the country,” Dr Mahathir said.
He added that should the Malays gain their fair stake in the country’s economy, they should be ready to relinquish a commensurate amount of control in the political field.
“And since they have not gained a fair share in the economy, they should be allowed to retain this greater share in politics,” he added.

Dr Mahathir – you do have a point but you forgot to mention one critical point, which is WHY after with the NEP being implemented for the last 40 years the Malays had yet to achieved the target of at least 30 % ?

The problem lies in the government ‘s strategy and way of helping the Malay. It is now analogous to giving them a fish a day instead of teaching them how to fish. If the present practice of aid in form of monetary, special preferences of job positions in the public sector, lowering of education standards in university entrants etc continue, the Malays will remain as they are today. There is no longer any impetus for them to improve. It is not that the Malays are a lower standard race compared to the Chinese;  it is their mentality which had been trained and brainwashed by the government that it is not necessary to achieve the A’s that is needed to succeed. Why try so hard when a  “B”  or even a ” C ” will do ? Such thinking and mentality is passed down and indirectly taught to the younger generation by their peers.

The present of aid to the Malays need to be revised with emphasis on education , entrepreneurship and training in special skills. Personally I have no objection that the government continue to provide assistance but the methods need serious revamp for it to be effective. Maybe the government strategy is politically motivated and the government is actually  not serious in bringing up the Malays economically.  It is a political ploy to guarantee the Malays to support UMNO as without doing so, they’d be worse off. Give a ringgit now to appease them  while the UMNO guy himself earn a hundred or thousand ringgit behind him ?

Business opportunities and mega projects are continually being given to the same group of conglomerates , which most of them are either GLC or companies politically aligned to the BN. New Malay setups are only the backstage boys , the lower level sub-sub-sub contractors. In principle the rich Malays get richer while the majority of other Malays remain same or getting poorer. In this scenario , the government will never achieve the 30 % Malay  equity as the economic cake still remains in the hands of the selected few.