Rommel is right about NEP

comments     Dr Nav Sidhu     Published     Updated

I refer to the malaysiakini report EU envoy denies 'meddling' in local affairs .

In response to comments by the European Commission ambassador to Malaysia, Thierry Rommel, regarding the effect of the government's affirmative action racial quota policy on economic investment, Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar replied:

"We are disappointed that a diplomat has made such a statement, which reflects his lack of understanding of the role of an ambassador or diplomat to not interfere in the internal affairs and policies of a country."

Maybe we shouldn't have interfered with South Africa's apartheid policy then? The same goes for Aung San Suu Kyi and the plight of the Burmese people. Let's not talk about Zimbabwe, given that Robert Mugabe being such a 'close friend' of the Malaysian people.

I used to believe in the racial quota policy while I was in school, probably because the bumiputera kids in my area were not very well-off, just like everyone else in town.

However, there is nothing 'affirmative' about handing out multi-million ringgit contracts to

multi-millionaire bumi individuals who have close connections to the ruling elite, and who then goes on to deliver a sub-standard product by selling the contract to someone who has to work with tighter margins.

Thierry Rommel, please continue speaking and let the world know of the institutionalised racism and corruption that is being practiced in Malaysia.

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