Monday, November 27, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 5:16 pm

Surprise! Surprise!

No sooner that there were calls from the leaders of the Government for parties to stop squabbling over the equity pie, we now have the Dewan Perniagaan Islam Malaysia (DPIM) Negeri Johor proposing that the Malays and Muslims of this country control 65% of the "ekuiti ekonomi". According to its chairman, Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim, this new formula is in line with the composition of the Malays in this country which consists of 65% of the country's population. A fuller report is available in Utusan Malaysia.

So...erm...what about the other bumiputeras of this country? Conveniently left out of the equation or deemed insignificant? Anyway, which country in this world has statistics to show that the economic pie is shared in equal proportion amongst its citizens based on racial or religious composition?

Like it or not, the longer the policy of affirmative action to benefit one race or religion over another (for whatever reasons) continues, the more it breeds discrimination and contempt between one another as evident in the media reports and internet so far. We are treading on dangerous grounds indeed and such sweeping statements by Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim does nothing to quell the uneasiness amongst the non-Malays and non-Muslims of this country (and perhaps the other non-Malay non-Muslim Bumiputeras).

It is about time that the Government relook into their policy and ask themselves whether it is all about race and religion or eleviating poverty purely on merits regardless of race or religion. For justice and fairness must transcend race and religion as all human beings are created equal in the eyes of God.

At the end of the day, all of us shall have to account for our lives and decisions made to God. Are we prepared?

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At 11:17 pm, Blogger May Leng

I'm here to exchange link via blogger forum. =)

Word of caution, you may want to consider toning down your standpoint on the government. I'm aware that there are bloggers out there who were retained due to the expression noted in their blogs.

Just Me,