With all this protest that Asli' report on the bumiputera report is 'rubbish', I feel that I echo the thoughts of many non-Malay citizens that if meritocracy was allowed to flourish, today Malaysia would have been a truly great nation.
Intelligence is the gift of God to the human race. It is not the prerogative of any particular race. Malays should be allowed to exercise that intelligence. As long as they are spoon fed, that intelligence will never awaken. All poor Malaysians should be helped to achieve their potential. That is what good governance is all about.
If one looks at the Malaysian scene, we see the non-Malays, particularly the Chinese, excelling in studies all the time no matter which family they were born into or under what circumstances they were brought up, rich, middle-class or poor.
The government cannot take that away, there can be no quota system for that. The parents may be poor but are obviously hard-working and they instill the need for a good education. If this is possible, why can't the Malays do the same instead of depending on the quota system all the time?
We also see fewer children per family among the non-Malays. This is because the Chinese and the Indians realise that two is company, three is a crowd. Quality family life, with parents having the time to instill good values in children, is more possible when there are lesser numbers to deal with.
Moreover parents realise that their children have to make it on their own with the quota system in place. With hard work they may be able to send only one or two children to universities.
Is there an ulterior motive for the government to be doing what they are currently doing? Keep feeding the Malays with the 'feel good' feeling so that they will keep supporting the government no matter how corrupt the government has become?
The new rich Malays will keep getting richer while the ordinary Malays will continue to be deceived into believing that Malaysia is a paradise until one day, the halo falls because the non-Malays have inadvertently taken over in the new borderless world.
As long as the NEP is used to maintain the elite in power, the Malay community as a whole will ultimately be the ones to suffer and lose out on the global stage. Malaysia depends on global trade and once our borders open out in the global village, the quota system will have to be thrown out of the window.
The earlier the Barisan Nasional government and the Malays realise this, the better it will be for them in the near future.