DPM Muhyiddin Yassin is reported to have said that the federal government still prioritized Bumiputera interest, contrary to the perception among the country’s dominant majority. At the same time he also said that changes should not be seen in a narrow context of ethnic groups, but in a broader context to benefit all Malaysians.
I say this to Muhyiddin that it is 50 years too late. This is the kind of rhetoric that government has been saying all these years. The NEP formulated following the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 racial riots was aimed at resolving the economic imbalances among races and improving upon the economic and social well being of the Bumiputra. But till today the government is still stuck with the same rhetoric that priority is to better the economic and social prospect of the Bumiputera. Do we need another 50 more years before the Bumiputera can come out of its predicament? I honestly doubt we can, given another 100 years without a drastic change in the mindset of governance of our present and future political leaders.
Today we hear of new pronouncement being made aimed at what the NEP was suppose to achieve, but said in various mind boggling acronym………………NEM, TERAJU, PEMANDU and what have you. Billions of ringgit have been announced to support these economic and social imperatives, but where the billions are to come from remain hazy. I hope it is not coming from EPF or FELDA that I am told, has been a sort of Auto Teller Machine for projects where success or failure isn’t really of deep concern. Just imagine launching a multi billion project at the wink of an eye. I was told in the past, a project of such magnitude has to go through a multi layered committees to trash in detail the cost and benefit of such a project before it is finally approved, and this may takes months or years. I would define a ‘wink of an eye’ project is normally one that is supposed to reflect grandeur or a masterpiece that does not benefit the rural folk. Who actually benefit such a project……I do not know.
If one were to talk about progress and the proper management of a nation’s wealth, I wish to invite Muhyiddin and his entire cabinet to read the entire transcript of the Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam budget speech that was presented in parliament Friday last. I know the entire cabinet will be ashamed to see how the small island state has progressed, and they now have so much of excess revenue that the government wants to share it with the entire population; not restricted to civil servants and retirees like we do. The Singapore Finance Minister does not talk about grandeur projects like building a 1000 storey building; rather he emphasized the benefits to be given back to the people. The major difference is that we spend billions (that diminishes in thin air); contrary to the Singapore government that gives back to its people the billions.
So Muhyiddin, you can call it by whatever name i.e. NEM, TERAJU, PEMANDU in the name of progress, but I have little confidence in its success of uplifting the economic and social woes of this country, especially of the Bumiputeras. Muhyiddin can shut me out on this, but please show me a single visible proof that what he says will work out with positive results, and that it is no longer pure rhetoric or an election gimmick. I know that some projects have enriched some people, but not all people get to share a piece of the success. Does Muhyiddin not know that there are still Malaysians that survive on just one meal per day? I have seen this with my own set of eyes when I was the Brigade Commander serving in Pahang. Having seen the plight of this poor old man living in a shack, we gathered some money and bought him whatever food we could, and we even purchased him a bicycle. Obviously, no one really cared for this man, neither does the wakil rakyat know of his existence.
My only word of advice to Muhyiddin, if he really cares to listen to this old and retired soldier, is to get cracking on leakages that go unabated through the scourge of corruption. For as long as corruption lingers and remain unstoppable, I do not believe in his words…………..pronounce in whatever superlatives.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION