Ceasefire? After dozens of almost back-to-back postings attacking Najib Razak in the last few months, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's first blog article for the holy month of Ramadan has nothing to do with the PM, his wife, 1MDB or Arul Kanda. Racial Equality is the former Prime Minister's take on an article he read recently in The Foreign Affairs ("not my favourite magazine") which admits that Malaysia's New Economic Policy was, actually, quite a success story. Even when compared with the US, where Dr M observes that "being equal with the whites has not benefitted the blacks much".
10. It would seem that Malaysia has done a better job of building a more equitable multiracial society than most multiracial countries including the US. The policy of equality of treatment i.e. meritocracy has not yielded tangible results.
11. The magazine Foreign Affairs seems to admit that Malaysia’s affirmative action has merit. Like the reversal of the opinion on Malaysia’s fixed exchange rate policy, there now seem to be a reversal of condemnation of our affirmative action, at least by the Foreign Affairs magazine. Other foreign media simply copy the biased reports made a long time ago without trying to investigate the realities regarding Malaysia’s management of race relations and development of its economy.
p.s. So, what, is this ceasefire? Many plus I hope so. But not everybody will be happy if the Tun decides to give peace a chance, even if it's Ramadan. For some, they are relevant only if the Statesman and the PM continue to openly be at loggerheads.