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Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 10:45:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 5:38:28 PM

MCA polls: Handouts won’t solve problems of poor bumiputras, says Soi Lek

KUALA LUMPUR: The continued handouts will not help solve the problems of poor bumiputras in Malaysia, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He said the affirmative policies should be reviewed to find out how it had worked, and where it had failed to uplift the socio economic status of the bumiputras after four decades.

Bumiputras, he said, comprised about 67.9% of the population, and majority of the lower income group were still Malays.

Majority of the households earning less than RM2,000 a month were also mostly Malays, he added.

Because of the composition, any affirmative action to help the poor would look as if it would benefit the bumiputras only, he said.

With that, Dr Chua proposed that the policy of helping bumiputras should be more target based.

"The question we should ponder is whether the New Economic Policy should be race based or need based to end poverty regardless of ethnicity," he said at the opening of the MCA 60th annual general meeting by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Wisma MCA here Saturday.

Dr Chua pointed out the need to recognise the fact that bumiputras should not be treated as a homogeneous group because of the glaring intra disparity among the educated, rich and poor bumiputras, including bumiputras in Sabah and Sarawak.

"All right thinking Malaysians will not grudge the Government for helping the socially and economically disadvantaged group, but there will be strong resentment if handouts are given to the rich," Dr Chua stressed.

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Tags / Keywords: MCA, Chua Soi Lek, Bumiputras, Politics


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