Dr Chen Man Hin has never actually retired from politics. He keenly follow politics and always make time to attend important party meetings and gatheringsas the Life Advisor of the DAP. He was very upset with the blatant lies and racist remarks made by various Umno leaders like Abdullah and Najib. He issued a statement recently to express his concern on the NEP. Please read on…
A FRESH APPROACH FOR ELEVATING LIVING STANDARDS OF MALAYSIANS IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE OR RELIGION MEDIA STATEMENT BY DR CHEN MAN HIN, LIFE ADVISOR DAP in Seremban on 30th November 2006
Race bashing of non-bumiputras, in particular Malaysian Chinese is misplaced and without basis, and does not contribute to unity and harmony of mult-racial
Malaysia. A detailed analysis of the political, economic, financial, cultural, educational, health, transport, agricultural sectors will show that the bumiputras are very much in control. If this observation is challenged, the DAP is prepared to invite them for a dialogue at a public forum, where details can be given. in all sectors of Malaysian society, the non-bumiputras marginalized. It is highly improper for delegates at the Umno assembly to assail the Chinese Malaysians, and make them the sacrificial lamb for the mistakes of Umno and Barisan National.
In Indonesia, the Chinese there are often blamed for the economic problems in the country. they are made scapegoats for all economic ills, although they number less than 5% of the population.
MARGINALISATION OF MALAYS, CHINESE, INDIANS, NATIVES AND ORANG ASLI OF SARAWAK AND SABAH
The anger and frustration of Umno delegates should by right be directed not at non-bumiputras but at the national economic policy, which the DAP think is the cause of slow economic development resulting in marginalization of Malays, Chinese, Indians and others. The NEP has created a solid group of middle class Malays, but the Malay poor have been marginalized. So also the non-Malays The statistics given by DPM Datuk Seri Najib that ‘the average monthly income of bumiputra had merely increased from RM339 in 1976 to RM 2711 in 2005, while for the Chinese the figure rose from RM 795 to RM 4437 during the same period.’ He quoted the figures to claim that Chinese are not marginalized as stated by Lee Kuan Yew.
However, an analysis of the numbers shows that the household incomes of both bumiputra and Chinese families are well below the national average, which when based on the per capita income of Malaysia of US 5000. (WORLD BANK) it works out to RM 7917.5 per Malaysian household. In other words, the figures quoted by Datuk Najib show that the average Malay family and the average Chinese household incomes are well below the national average. this means both bumiputra and Chinese families are marginalized, and are poor. The NEP has marginalized the Malay, Chinese and Indian poor! To make matters worse, it is important to point out that the per capita income in Malaysia of US 5,000 is very much lower than the per capita income of US 14,000 in South Korea, US 17,000 in Taiwan, US 25,000 in Singapore and US 27,000 in
Hong Kong. These numbers clearly show that the economy in Malaysia has advanced at a snail’s place compared with other Asian countries. It is precisely because of slow development that bumiputra, and non Malays are marginalized.
Blame the NEP and not the Chinese please.
The NEP is a dismal failure largely due to the three Cs -namely a Command economy, Cronyism and Corruption. While China and Vietnam have thrown away a communist command economy, Malaysia still clings to its command economy of NEP and Quotas. The time has come for a fresh approach to lift up the economy and lift up the living standards of all Malaysians The successes of China and Vietnam are attributed to the fact that they threw away a command economy of central planning for a free market economy. Malaysia should follow the example set by China and Vietnam. It should shrug off the command economy implemented in Malaysia, of state planning like the NEP and quotas, and adopt a liberal policy of free trade within Malaysia and with foreign countries. This is the way to go.
Dr Chen Man Hin