Monday, January 28, 2008

Malaysian NEP had Nobel goals

Upon greater investigation of the NEP, I must say that its goals are pretty nobel but I cannot see how it is to be fulfilled given the current trajectory it is in. It does speak volumes for the wisdom of our earlier leaders.
I put here an excerpt of the NEP goals taken from the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Dept.:

The NEP underscored the importance of achieving socio-economic goals alongside pursuing economic growth objectives as a way of creating harmony and unity in a nation with many ethnic and religious groups. The overriding goal was national unity. To achieve this goal, two major strategies were adopted:
1) To reduce absolute poverty irrespective of race through raising income levels and increasing employment opportunities for all Malaysians; and
2) To restructure society to correct economic imbalances so as to reduce and eventually eliminate the identification of race with economic function.

How did we get so far off tangent??


hm said...

I suspect that these noble goals have been corrupted and perverted over the years. Malaysian politics have always been divided along racial lines and I, as a Malaysian, have always seen the NEP as deepening the divide. Little did I know that our founding fathers intended the policy as eliminating the racial divide. How indeed did we get so far of track and in fact going in the opposite direction ???

Meng said...

Isn't it ironic that something good can be corrupted like this? What we see today is the result of greed and a lack of checks and balance.