JOHOR BARU: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek says he has no other agenda in raising the 30% bumiputra quota issue other than ensuring that the Government’s economic transformation plan succeeded.
“Time is not on our side. We only have 10 years. Let’s not be fixated on this 30%, as the most important thing now is to rapidly grow the economy so that there will be a bigger size of cake for everyone,” he said in responding to a rebuke from Umno permanent chairman Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin, who advised him to work as a team player in the Barisan Nasional and to stop hurting the Malays.
Dr Chua pointed out that under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, domestic and private investments only grew by 2%.
“Under the 10th Malaysia plan, we have to grow by at least six-fold to 12%, which amounts to RM150bil annually,” he told reporters after attending the 88th anniversary of the Johor Baru Tiong Hua Federation dinner here yesterday. On Thursday, Dr Chua had said that the implementation of the social contract could be discussed, but that it should be done behind closed doors.
He suggested that measures be taken to improve the Government delivery system, reduce red tape and create more transparent policies.
“There should not be any flip flop in our policies and there should be no little Napoleons,” he said, adding that it was also important to establish a business-friendly environment.
Dr Chua explained that it was not a question of the Chinese pitted against the Malays but the whole country competing against the world to attract foreign investments.
“If there is good growth every year, then whatever equity the Chinese or Malays get will be meaningful as the cake will be bigger,” he said.
MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman and central committee member Loh Seng Kok concurred with Dr Chua, saying that the party’s suggestion was never aimed along racial lines but purely with the country’s and people’s interest in mind.
THE STAR (Sunday October 24, 2010)