“Malaysia is in Dire Need to have Another System“
Do we want to be a Malaysia for ALL Malaysians or for only Malays and those who believe in Ketuananship? Should we not provide Equal Opportunities for All Malaysians, based on their Basic Needs and not on Race and Religion? The Malays will still benefit most from a Fair Policy!
Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam
I believe that most concerned Malaysians will agree with the clarion call, “to have another system“, by Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, in his talk to the Chevening Alumni recently.
He has called for 3 major Reforms – To referee political competition, to have a clear separation of business, government and politics and to introduce electoral reforms.
But I am sure these reforms are not exhaustive. We can add many more essential reforms, including the revision, reform and even preferably the replacement of the old and outdated New Economic Policy. The NEP was introduced by Nazir’s late illustrious father Tun Abdul Razak. Just after the tragic May 69 Riots. It was then the right policy and could have benefitted our beloved nation much more than it has.
I served under Tun Razak and we understood and found the NEP to be necessary and fair to all at that time. Poverty was to be eradicated – regardless of Race and the Restructuring of the Economy was planned to be equitable to all.
But sadly, the NEP was later distorted in its implementation. Although poverty was reduced considerably, there are still serious pockets of dire poverty in many parts of especially rural Malaysia and especially in Sabah and Sarawak, and Kelantan and Terengganu. Now other rural and even many urban areas in our country have Malaysians surviving from hand to mouth.
There have been also considerable financial abuses in the process of Restructuring. This has led to so much Cronyism, Corruption and Money Politics and the callous wastage of public funds, as indicated by several Reports of the Auditor General and the press.
The dreadful Covid-19 virus has exposed this poverty and economic and financial mismanagement even more today. The 2021 Budget has highlighted the growing Budget Deficits and rising Debt and has appeared to be somewhat racial in its thrust. This is most unfortunate. The question in people’s minds is – how long can we go on like this?
Another System – Reforms
Polarization according to Race and Religion has increased . National Unity has declined and there is general despair in the country particularly over the ugly politicking taking place and frogging becoming the national political past time!
So we need to Reform the NEP and replace it with another system, in order to bring back more hope and confidence in the future and greater national Unity!
Thus we need to follow up with Dato Seri Nazir Razak`s proposal to establish a Second National Consultative Council, as soon as possible. The proposals of this SNCC should not be confined to mainly economic policies but cover all aspects on our future development as a Malaysia Baru.
Malaysia Baru will have to outline our Future Aspirations. Do we want to be a Malaysia for ALL Malaysians or for only Malays and those who believe in Ketuananship? Should we not provide Equal Opportunities for All Malaysians, based on their Basic Needs and not on Race and Religion? The Malays will still benefit most from a Fair Policy!
In fact these very policies were envisaged by the late Tun Abdul Razak and it will be a great tribute to his memory if his able and faithful son Nazir continues with the high standards that his father set for us all, as Malaysians first!
With the Budget 2021 presentation over and the 12th Malaysia Plan in sight, and after 50 years of the NEP, it is timely that a Second National Consultative Council be established to provide valuable inputs into the new Five Year Plan.
The Government would have to hold wide consultations to prepare a new Plan that has wide Consensus and not be confined to a small group of experts who may not be able to strike the right balance for optimum socio-economic Growth and Fair Income Distribution for all Malaysians.
Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam
Asli Chairman Center of Public Policy Studies