Mr. Malaysian Prime Minister: help all Malaysians not just Malays. We're all Bumiputras now. We've toiled for the soil. And you're prime minister for all.
Poverty now cuts across racial lines with an increasing number of those in the middle class now falling below the poverty line. There is no strong rationale anymore, after more that 50 years of independence, to continue policies that is based on racial lines. Doing this will guarantee another 50 years of race and class antagonism.
In education especially, scholarships need to be give based on merit, talent, and needs, not because one is a Bumiputra or a Malay or because of the birthright of one's race. Many of those in privileged boarding schools such as in MRSM are not from families who are poor or who could not afford good and quality education. Many are from wealthy families. There are deserving children from all races that must be given all the opportunties to excel, just like how the Malays from even the abject poor were given the chance back in the early 1970s when MRSM system first started its first three schools.
Mr. Prime Minister, you must be fair to all races. Open up the privileged MRSM to more children of all races. It will be better for the nation.
Look at the plight other Malaysians. Promising a billion or so Ringgit in educational, entrepreneurial, and ecomomic aid to only one race defined by one-dimensional construct is a wrong political act done with ill intentions. Be wise, in the remaining political time you and your party is given. Reverse the trend of apartheid-ization of education -- for the sake of the future of our children.
The NEP has been replaced with the New Economic Agenda which promises fairness for all, not just the Malays and Bumiputras. Honor that. There is enough to go around for everbody's needs and not just to feed the few's greed ... -- ar