Big Dog reports on his blog that while Dr M is confident that Najib will bring transformation, especially to the Malays, the PM needs to provide more space for the aspirations of the Malays and Umno grassroots to be heard.Original take:
Speaking at a press conference later, Dr Mahathir stressed the need for a focused study to show how the New Economic Policy or Dasar Ekonomi Baru has benefited the Malays (and the non-Malays). "Ini kerana banyak pihak termasuk golongan liberal dan professional dikalangan orang Melayu sendiri secara simplistiknya menyalahkan dasar ini dengan tanpa mengemukakan asas untuk menyokong dakwaan mereka bahawa hanya orang Melayu sahaja yang menikmati pemberian dan penganugerahan Kerajaan seperti kontrak, peluang perniagaan dan taraf keitstimewaan bagi apa apa program dan Bukan Melayu dinafikan sama sekali."
At the risk of being accused of trying to compare my intellect to the great statesman's, at a closed-door briefing on the New Economic Model last night I said there's need for the authors of the NEM to stress in their analytic that the new model is premised on the successes of previous policies, especially the NEP and the National Development Policy. Without the socio-economic progress achieved under the NEP and NDP, it would have been impossible for Malaysia to now dream of joining the elite few that are today known as high-income economies.
Serious turnout. According to Parpu, some 10,000 people attended the Perkasa assembly at the PWTC in KL today. Looks like Ibrahim Ali's seriously trying to give Umno a run for its money as champions of the Malays.
Click here to see the pictures and live reporting from PWTC, which happens to be Umno's headquarters. Dr M, the VIP, is an Umno member.
Perkasa wasn't born yesterday. It was created by a group of Malay NGOs in response to what they saw as a threat to the special privileges of the Malays and the Bumiputeras as enshrined in the Constitution.
Revisit Mahathir's address last year here.