Saturday, July 11, 2009

NEP died 18 years ago, says Tengku Razaleigh

NEP 'dead and buried 18 years ago'
by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

The New Economic Policy (NEP) had ended over 18 years ago, but we still speak confusingly about liberalising it, lamented veteran Umno politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

“The NEP was necessary and even visionary in 1971, but it is a crushing indictment of our lack of imagination, of the mediocrity of our leadership, that two decades after its expiry, we talk as if it is the sacrosanct centre of our socio-political arrangement, and that departures from it are big strides,” he said.

“We were devising a time-limited policy for the day, in pursuit of a set of measurable outcomes. We were not devising a doctrine for an eternal socio-economic arrangement.

“But as I said the NEP is no longer around, why do you feel the need to liberalise something that is no longer around - might as well announce that the NEP is over and gone, why confuse the issues?” he said.

According to Razaleigh, the NEP was set up to “solve finite set of problems” but when it was over, the government did not have the courage to tell people this fact.

“We must break the stranglehold of communal politics and racial policy if we want to be a place where an economy driven by ideas, and skills can flourish.

“We can do much better than cling to the bright ideas of 40 years ago as if they were dogma, and forget our duty to come up with the bright ideas for our own time.”

Instead, he said that policymakers should think of a “new deal” in order for the country to be talent-driven and competitive.

“A fair and equitable political and economic order, founded on equal citizenship as guaranteed in our constitution, is the only possible basis for a united Malaysia and a prerequisite of the competitive, talent-driven economy we must create if we are to make our economic leap,” he said.

The veteran Umno politician also said it was “too early” to evaluate Najib's performance.

“But I think he (Najib) is making effort to improve the situation. He is going all out, that poor fellow... he is working hard to bring in more investment into the country to provide employment and jobs for our people,” he said.

However, he urged Malaysians to trust “less in personalities and more in policies”.

“Look less to politics and more to principle, less to rhetoric and more to tangible outcomes, less to the government of the day and more to enduring institutions - first among which must be the Federal Constitution,” he said.

Razaleigh said Najib's 1Malaysia dictum should be evaluated against issues such as the constitutional crisis in Perak and claims of corruption in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.

“I don't know about you (but) I am embarrassed that after 50 years of independence we are still talking about bringing Malaysians together.

“I would have wished that by now, and here tonight, we could be talking about how we can conquer new challenges together,” he said.


Source: Malaysiakini


I don't know about you but I am not embarrassed. We are not able to talk about meritocracy and global competitiveness and that is important as I am competitive.



Miskin Abdul said...

When the NEP was introduced in the 70's, there were certain objectives and the intention was not to prolong its contunuance unnecessarily. Until today there has been no agreed measurement benchmarks on whether the objectives have been achieved. The bumis have even taken the NEP to be their right. There is no end to this disagreement. Tengku speaks sense and the globalised world dictates that we listen to him.

Anonymous said...

i dont know about you and you dont know about me, but the late Michael Jackson had taught and proven to us that hardwork perseverance and continuous and focusing on positive mindset could turn black to white.

and Michael Jackson just passed away!

he survived successfully under no NEP, even H1N1 virus too...

Anonymous said...

MJ tried to turn white outside but was still black inside, with all due respect. All the same he broke many barriers which UMNO and the PAS faction under Hadi (Parti Ajaran Sesat) can't even come near for their selfishness.

Jefus said...

we are experts at moonwalking

Anonymous said...

why cant our Leaders learn from President Obama visit to Ghana, in his speech full of thoughts and values.

Anonymous said...

why cant our Leaders learn from President Obama visit to Ghana, in his speech full of thoughts and values.

Anonymous said...

experts in moonwalking..but only backwards!

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