“Ketika [Dasar Ekonomi Baru] dilancarkan, Allahyarham Tun Razak berkata: ‘DEB bukan tujuan untuk mempromosikan kepentingan kaum tertentu tetapi ia adalah rangka untuk kemajuan dan perpaduan negara’ … Tetapi sekarang kita sudah hilang tumpuan mengenai matlamat asal untuk mencapai perpaduan yang dinyatakan dalam DEB. Bagi pihak tertentu, DEB menjadi punca perpecahan kerana dasar ini disalahguna oleh pihak tertentu untuk meraih keuntungan.”
CIMB group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, telling Malay newspaper Mingguan Malaysia about the need to review the way the New Economic Policy (NEP) is implemented. Ridding the policy of abuse and corruption was necessary for the policy to be effective in helping Malay Malaysians become competitive, the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak added.
Nazir has frequently called for the NEP, introduced in 1971 by his father, second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, to be reviewed. (Source: DEB perlu segera dikaji semula sekarang, Mingguan Malaysia, 20 June 2010)
“I have repeatedly spoken about the NEP because there is too little rational discussion of it. NEP transformation is not abandonment of the NEP, but the restoration and strengthening of its purpose as an instrument of national unity and its character of mere policy.”
Nazir again, speaking at an investment conference, and saying that economic transformation for Malaysia cannot happen without transforming the NEP. Nazir said a review of the policy should include a timeline and measurable results. A review must also be supported by the majority of the population, he added. (Source: Little rational discussion on NEP, says Nazir, The Edge Financial Daily, p.10, 8 July 2010)
“I am working towards a gradual liberalisation. In the not too distant future, we will see the elements of it.”
“I welcome the challenge to make the [g]overnment and Barisan Nasional appeal to all sections of the community.”
Datuk Seri Najib Razak, while he was still deputy prime minister, in an interview with Bloomberg in October 2008. He said liberalisation of the NEP would be done gradually as bumiputera began to feel more confident about competing with others locally and abroad.
Seven months later, as prime minister on his maiden visit to Singapore, Najib reiterated his plan to Singapore newspaper The Straits Times to eventually undo the NEP. He said ethnic quotas had damaged Malaysia’s competitiveness. (Source: Najib working towards easing of NEP, The Star, 25 Oct 2008)
“You cannot say that because [the] NEP was mismanaged or there was corruption, we have to stop its objectives. It must continue, regardless the failures. The policy should continue until you see the distribution of wealth in accordance with the 30% target. Only then can you talk about a level playing field.”
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, on one hand acknowledging the bad implementation of the NEP, but on the other insisting that it should be retained.
At the Malay Consultative Council congress on 30 May 2010, Ibrahim told Najib, who was present, that the gathering had rejected the New Economic Model (NEM). The policy, while not calling for the total abolishment of race-based affirmative action, called for a fair and equitable society. (Source: The real deal with Perkasa, The Nut Graph, 16 March 2010)
“I did not promise to do away with it. I promised a new approach.”
“We want to get there but it has to be through a different route.”
Najib, in an interview with Singapore-based Channel News Asia, refuting claims that the NEP would be abolished under the NEM. Najib said affirmative action would remain under the NEM, but it would be made more market-friendly, more merit- and needs-based, and more transparent. (Source: Scrap NEP? I didn’t promise that, says Najib, Malaysiakini, 29 June 2010)
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