KUALA LUMPUR: The current wealth distribution system only enriches the wealthy and is widening the class disparity gap, said Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
“The current system is too elitist as it enriches only a few individuals and neglect the lower strata of society where help is needed the most,” he said.
Calling for a new collective policy to foster closer partnership among all communities, Dr Lim said the entire country needed to embrace a New Malaysian Agenda.
He said the country needed to address the growing inequality in society – both inter- and intra-community.
The agenda, he said, should promote a merit-based equality and focus to close the widening gap of class disparity.
“It should strive to correct and rehabilitate our entrenched get-rich-quick attitude, subsidy mentality and rent-seeking culture.
“In return, the New Malaysian Agenda should foster a knowledge-based culture of hard work, entrepreneurship, innovation, excellence and smart partnership,” he said in his presidential address at the party’s 38th National Delegates Conference here yesterday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi opened the assembly.
Dr Lim said it had become fashionable for people to respond to challenges in terms of a race-centric agenda or solution, such as Malay agenda, Chinese agenda and Indian agenda.
He said the national agenda must redress this attitude and strive for a collective agenda instead.
On calls to revive the New Economic Policy (NEP), Dr Lim said all communities should work together to enlarge the economic pie so that there would be more to go round.
“There may be differences of opinion (on the NEP) but I am sure we mean the same thing – create an equitable and prosperous Malaysia where the wealth of the country can be shared by all Malaysians,” he added.
He said the party also proposed a complaint and feedback section within each government department to handle direct feedback from the public on the delivery system.
The information should later be transmitted to the head of department, with copies to the Public Complaints Bureau.
“Civil servants should understand that in order to improve they need a customer-centric feedback mechanism to help evaluate their performance,” he said.
Other than that, he said, there was also a need to review and revamp the present education system.
“An independent royal commission on education reforms should be established to review the current system and to formulate a more comprehensive and effective National Education Policy,” he added.
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