NEP Introduced Not To Discriminate Non-Malays, But To Uplift Malays After 400 Years Of Colonisation, Says Najib!
"While they were under colonial rule, the Malays became a people with low self-esteem and lacked confidence, and with most living in poverty.
"Then the government introduced the NEP with the aim of uplifting the Malays to be able to compete with the other races who were doing better economically.
"So, if there's anyone who says that the NEP has discriminated the non- Malays, then we can say that we are correcting the discrimination endured by the Malays during 400 years of colonisation," he said when opening the Jerai Umno divisional delegates' meeting here today.
Najib who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said without the NEP, the Malays might still be "destitutes in their own land" today.
He said the Chinese and Indians were generally not against the NEP but were rather unhappy with its implementation.
"Therefore, we had to improve the NEP's implementation because if it becomes acceptable to all, it would create a peaceful and just society," he added and criticised the leader of an opposition party who now condemned the NEP but was championing it when he was in Umno and holding a post in government.
Najib also wanted the Malays to reject the struggles of PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat which he said could not bring progress and success to the Malays.
He said PAS' struggle was irrelevant to the Malays as it had failed to prove that it could enhance the greatness of Islam, while its 17 years of ruling Kelantan had not brought development to the east coast state.
"There's no party other than UMNO which could ensure the progress and achievements of the Malays, as well as uphold the sanctity of Islam and bring about a civilisation pillared by Islam in this country," he added. (Bernama)
***** Well! To be honest, I simply don't know what to say after that claim. However one must wonder I suppose if the above reasons mean that the NEP would be around for the next 400 years more!
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