KUALA LUMPUR: The Government must maintain Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) as a single agency under one ministry or place it directly under the Prime Minister’s control, says Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM).
Datuk Syed Ali Alattas, who is chairman of DPMM’s research and development foundation, said this was to ensure the continuity of the bumiputra agenda.
“Any attempt to split Mara would diminish its status and would be regarded as a betrayal of the bumiputra cause.
“It would be against Article 153 of the Constitution,” Syed Ali said in a joint media conference with presidents of DPMM’s state chapter.
Article 153 of the Constitution grants the Yang di-Pertuan Agong responsibility for safeguarding the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities.
Syed Ali was commenting on a claim that the Government planned to split Mara and put its various arms under different ministries.
On July 23, Entrepreneurial Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof said Mara’s status would be decided within the next 20 days by the Prime Minister.
Mohd Redzuan said that the regulatory responsibilities of the bumiputera agency were still at discussion stage in the Cabinet.
Following this, Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa tweeted the party’s concerns over reports that Mara would be split up and placed under the control of several ministries.
Among them include Rural and Regional Development, Entrepreneurial Development, Education and the Prime Minister’s Department.
This prompted several Umno leaders to issue statements, stating their objections to the plan.
Although there has been no official announcement by the Government, Syed Ali said “we cannot wait for it to happen”.
Asked what action DPMM would take if the Government decided to split up Mara, Syed Ali said: “Tun Razak (the country’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein) once said that on the day of reckoning, heads will roll wherever they are. That is my answer.”
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