|Malay gangsters only in movies; NEP "cronies" in real life|
In Policies favouring the Malays have something to do with "soaring" crime? (3540 Jalan Sudin, Oct 18), blogger Nuraina Samad draws us to The New York Times's audacity of suggesting that the NEP was partly to blame for Malaysia's crime rate.
I agree with her: "What a load of bull!"Exceprts from the NYT:
"Critics of the government’s approach say that amid what they call an obfuscation of crime statistics and the sudden crackdown, any real discussion of the roots of Malaysia’s crime problem is being lost.
They blame not only a police force that they view as corrupt and ineffectual, but also income inequality and the alienation of ethnic Indians who represent 7 percent of the country’s population, yet, according to the police, make up two-thirds of gang members.
Some suggest the government needs to modify the country’s seemingly inviolable preferential policies for Malays, who receive scholarships, cheaper housing and government contracts as part of a policy dating from the 1970s.
Ahmad Ghazali Abu Hassan, a professor at the National Defense University of Malaysia, says the system of preferences for Malays “should be modified to address inequality within our society, without identifying race.”
Particularly in need of help, he said, were ethnic Indians. “I still believe that poverty is the root cause of this,” he said." -Read full article Wave of high-profile crimes has put Malaysians on the defensive
Someone ought to interview the Universiti Pertahanan Nasional professor, though. I don't see him blaming the NEP at all. On the contrary, Prof Ahmad Ghazali may actually be suggesting that because the NEP has been successful in reducing poverty, the policy should be expanded to include non-Bumiputera poor, especially the Indians, in order to help Malaysia bring down crime ..