KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali described the MCA’s Chinese Economic Congress as “ungrateful” after the congress called for economic liberalisation, adding that the demands showed they are “extremists”. MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek said yesterday that a merit-based and needs-based system would contribute to the path for Malaysia to be globally competitive.
“Perkasa denounces and condemns outright their request for the government to lower the 30 per cent equity for Bumiputera. This shows their ungrateful attitude to the Malay community and Bumiputeras who have compromised and tolerated because of the social contract in our constitution.
“The demands are greedy and extreme because the 30 per cent target asked by the Bumiputera represents 67 per cent of the population,” the Perkasa chief told reporters here.
The Pasir Mas MP questioned the logic behind the congress’s call for government-linked companies (GLCs) to include more non-Bumiputeras and international expertise on their board of directors.
“They also ask that non-Malays are elected in GLCs. I want to ask how many company owned by non-Malay cartel which are given special treatment by the government have elected Malays into their board of directors. I also want to know how many Malay professionals have been appointed into the cartel companies?” he asked
The Malay rights group also rejected the government’s proposal to have open tender for sale of strategic lands and GLCs.
“Perkasa will go against the government proposal to have open tender for strategic land and GLCs. This is because the proposal will chip away from the little economic wealth is still owned by the Malays and the Bumiputeras,” he said.
He added that government must review the proposal and have a mechanism whereby the open tender system will continue to maintain the interests of Malays and the larger Bumiputera community.
Ibrahim said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must remove the little Napoleons around him.
“The prime minister must quash all the concerns and ensure that there are no Napoleons around him that are attempting to sabotage the Malay and Bumiputera agenda. If the government does not fix all of this then I believe Umno will feel the consequences in the upcoming general election,” he said.
He added that Umno will alienate Malay voters in their attempt to garner support from non-Malays.
“In their efforts to get non-Malays to support Barisan Nasional, Malay voters will get frustrated and run to a different party. This will happen so the prime minister and the deputy prime minister must act on this,” he said.
Perkasa has been a staunch defender of the New Economic Policy (NEP) and has criticized Najb’s New Economic Model (NEM) for neglecting the Malay agenda.
Its director of economic bureau, Dr Zubir Harun, has said that Perkasa is worried that the NEM will have a Chinese agenda and warned that the Chinese community will use the next general election to take over the country.