Dr M: Malays should correct own weaknesses


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 02 Oct 2004

BY NICK LEONG

NEITHER the Government nor non-Malays can be held responsible for the inability of Malays to meet the target of the New Economic Policy (NEP), said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

Quoted in both Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian, the former prime minister said Malays should look within themselves and correct their weaknesses. 

“We are in control of our own destiny and we can correct the shortcomings. We are not in control of others and cannot ask them to suffer losses just so we can be profitable,” he said. 

Dr Mahathir said Malays should have been able to exceed the NEP target if they had used every concession given by the Government. 

“However, Malays are owners of only 20% of the country’s equities and even then, 17% is owned by bumiputra organisations, not individuals,” he said. 

Dr Mahathir said the desire to get rich quick was one of the weaknesses of Malays, adding that concessions offered by the Government were often sold to non-Malays. 

“Yes, they got rich quickly but only for a short period. They returned and asked for new concessions when they ran out of money,” he said. 

On a related matter, Utusan Malaysia also reported that Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) would not compromise on its stand of not enrolling non-bumiputra students. 

“We will not open UiTM to all races because the gap between the number of Malay and non-Malay professionals is still wide,” Higher Education Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Dr Adham Baba said. 

He also said there was a lack of places at public institutions of higher learning because 80,000 qualified students had applied for the 38,000 places available.  

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