PETALING JAYA, 5 June 2009: The MCA has called on Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to clarify its stand with regard to the New Economic Policy (NEP) in light of PAS Youth’s call to maintain the 30% bumiputera quota for equity ownership.
In a statement today, MCA spokesperson Lee Wei Kiat said PAS Youth’s call was inconsistent with PR’s stand to abolish the NEP.
“PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has many times reiterated that he would abolish the NEP if he successfully forms the government. He also mentioned that he would introduce a New Economic Agenda,” Lee said.
“Thus, the statement by the PAS Youth wing urging the government to maintain the 30% quota for bumiputeras does not reflect the Pakatan Rakyat’s sincerity towards the public,” Lee added.
The MCA information and communication bureau chairperson challenged Anwar and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to explain to voters the stand taken by PAS Youth.
Lee also described PAS Youth’s call as “short-sighted”, saying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s announcements to liberalise 27 service sub-sectors on 22 April, and the financial sector on 27 April would help move the economy forward.
Chinese news portal Merdeka Review reported yesterday that PAS Youth urged Najib’s administration to maintain the 30% bumiputera quota so that the economic disparity between bumiputeras and non-bumiputeras could be reduced.