The day Musa Hitam hammered his nail on the NEP coffin. On March 19 last year, the former DPM, who advises Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the Iskandar Development Region, said in an interview with a foreign wire agency that Malaysia would not allow the NEP in the IDR.
"The Malays will have to face competition," he was quoted by Bloomberg.
[Pls also read Bernama's article March 23, 2007, Musa: Brief Umno why it has to give up the NEP].
It sent shivers down the Malays' spine, but the Malays in Umno did not hit the streets to vent their anger. Nor was Musa accused of trying to stoke racial sentiments.
It was a different case when Lim Guan Eng spoke of doing away with the NEP in Penang the other day.
Double standards or political reality?
I wrote a comment piece on this in Singapore's mypaper, the 300,000-copy bilingual free daily, published yesterday. Click HERE to read the whole article.
On Monday, the paper published my speculative piece on Abdullah's new Cabinet on is cover, above. I wrote that the PM will give up his Internal Security portfolio to concentrate on strengthening his position at August's Umno general assembly, reward MCA and MIC for their failures, and save KJ for later.
p/s Thanks, Serama Berkokok, for keeping tabs.