KUALA LUMPUR: The non-bumiputras should be given sufficient opportunities to take part in the expansion of the economic pie as the Government assists bumiputras in achieving the 30% equity, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said.
“The Malaysian Chinese hope to participate meaningfully in the economic development of the country so that the community will not be left behind,” the MCA president said.
He said MCA hoped that the community would be given opportunities to take part in fields like the automobile, oil and gas, and telecommunications sectors via joint ventures and equity participation.
“We urge the Government, when assisting the bumiputras in achieving the 30% equity, to provide sufficient opportunities to the non-bumiputras so that they too can partake in the expansion of the economic pie,” he said.
Ong said the non-bumiputras, especially the small- and medium-sized enterprises and lower-income groups, faced all kinds of problems in obtaining government contracts or becoming a vendor company of a government-linked company.
“They find it difficult to deal with government agencies and companies where the Government holds an equity. We also face obstacles and mismanagement in the misinterpretation of government policies by the officers,” he said.
Delivering his presidential address at the general assembly, he said Malaysian Chinese were willing to work hand-in-hand with fellow Malaysians to find opportunities in international markets.
He said the MCA reached a consensus with the Chinese community to form the Malaysian Chinese Economic Consultative Council to look for ways to forge closer cooperation with bumiputras and non-bumiputras in the economy.
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