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Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 12:21:00 PM
Thursday October 10, 2013 MYT 1:58:23 PM
by nevillie spykerman
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes the Government's latest bumiputra policies are necessary to fix the disparity between the races.
"It's not a case of favouring the bumiputras, but a case of creating a society where wealth is evenly distributed among all people," he said Thursday, while visiting MMC Gamuda's Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit underground and tunneling works in Cochrane, Cheras.
He said critics are forgetting the past when resentment of the poor resulted in rebellion against governments and bloodshed and massacres took place in other countries leading to violent revolutions in countries like France and Russia.
"If poverty is also related to race, the potential for violence is much greater. We want to correct the disparity between rich and poor and the disparity between different races," said Dr Mahathir.
He pointed out that most other countries do not have the racial diversity of Malaysia and that this has to handled delicately.
"Today people are becoming even more racist than ever. Each race has its own extremists and they make demands that disrupt the stability of the country. When the country is unstable it cannot progress," he said.
"It is far better to make little sacrifices within our society so that every race can have a share in all that is going on in this country. That is how Malaysia should progress with all the races coming together to achieve Vision 2020, which can even be achieved earlier." said Dr Mahathir.
In September, the Government announced new measures and strategies to empower the bumiputra economy.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the focus areas will include enhancing bumiputra equity ownership in the corporate sector as well as asset ownership.
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