Azmi Sharom, a columnist wrote in The Star :
“…The problem with the NEP, as I see it, is that it breeds a mentality of entitlement based on race and not merit. This mentality seeps into governance, and it creates an atmosphere of mediocrity. One example of this is how the Constitution has been disregarded in relation to employment issues.
The Federal Constitution states that you can set quotas at the entry points of government services, for example, the civil service and public universities. However, this is counter-balanced by Article 136 that says all federal employees must be treated fairly regardless of race.
This means that once inside a service, everyone is to be treated equally based on merit. In such a situation, only the cream will rise to the top.However, since the introduction of the NEP, the practice in government services has been to promote Malays mainly. This has in turn led to a drop in the number of non-Malay actors in the service of the public…”
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I fully agree with what Azmi has written, especially with the problem of NEP, breeds a mentality of entitlement based on race and not merit. Because of this it has sort of created an atmosphere of no competition. In the same way, it is become dis-incentive to a large section of non Malay that they are not competing on a same level field and this may explained why there has been a net migration of talented young people, especially Non Malay, to neighboring countries especially Singapore.
I have said it openly before if all the doctors in Singapore and Australia back to serve in Malaysia , then we will solve the shortage of doctors which seem to be a perennial problem in this country since we have achieved independence.
When I talk about an ethnic based party like MCA or UMNO and even MIC with a multi racial approach, I am saying that we should not just be concerned with our own particular race but also all Malaysian. When we are championing the rights of the Chinese, we should also think and give consideration the effect of our action on the non Chinese (likewise from other component party). So if this multi-racial approach is adopted then I am sure Malaysia would be a better society.
Blogger kickdefella (kickdefella.wordpress.com) has written on the relevance of ethnic based party angled at UMNO and the Malay Community. Thanks to Jac for sharing this with me. Read his analysis at:
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