Daily: NEAC report explains why Malays are poor


  • Letters
  • Friday, 14 Mar 2003

Compiled by LOO YOK SOI, FARID JAMALUDIN and A. LETCHUMANAN

THE question whether Malays are still poor was raised by columnist Awang Selamat in Utusan Malaysia

He said the answers to the woes of Malays were in a report for the National Economic Consultative Council (NEAC) prepared by Royal Professor Ungku Aziz, who had submitted a similar report before. 

However, he said, both reports were not made available to the public and continue to be Government “secrets.” 

“The Malays must know why they are poor or are still poor,” he added, questioning if the so-called poverty was according to standards set only by the former Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor. 

He said it would benefit every Malay should the Government reveal the report. 

“We have the right to know the contributing factor or the source of study,” said Awang Selamat, adding that it would be interesting to see how Ungku Aziz had arrived at the conclusion and whether his finding was right.  

Berita Harian addressed a topic involving Terengganu Mentri Besar and acting PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang. 

The paper quoted Terengganu Umno deputy liaison chief Datuk Idris Jusoh as saying Hadi must apologise to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong over his alleged criticism of his royal address at the opening of the current Parliament session recently. 

On Tuesday, Hadi was reported as saying the Government included the people's religious school (SAR) issue into the King’s address to tarnish the image of PAS. 

Idris said as a respectable state leader, Hadi should not go against the King.  

He said Hadi should understand the country's concept of democracy and constitutional monarchy, adding that he would lodge a police report over the incident if Hadi refused to seek pardon from the King.  


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