KUALA LUMPUR: A national congress to look into overhauling the mindset of Malays and to reassess their achievements over the years is being planned for this September.
The organiser, the Federation of Malay Student Unions, is looking at getting more than 100 non-governmental organisations, academicians, professionals and institutions to join in this two-day event in Kuala Lumpur.
Federation president Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim said the congress would examine the socio-economic status of the Malays in the present.
We also want to look into how to provide better education for the people. It is our hope to formulate an action plan from the congress, which will then be submitted to the Government for consideration, he told a press conference here yesterday.
Suhaimi said the federation, which acted as a pressure group, wanted the Government to reduce bureaucracy and give more Malays access to business.
There needs to be a change in the mindset of todays Malays to face globalisation, he said.
According to Suhaimi, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who had earlier attended a meeting with the federation, had agreed to be president of the congress.
Tengku Razaleigh is a respected and experienced man. His presence will draw more Malay NGOs to the congress.
We are planning to invite Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to launch the congress, he added.
He said the organisers hoped any resolution from the congress would be taken into account by the Government when preparing the Ninth Malaysia Plan.