DAP seems uninterested in addressing private sector bias against Bumiputras

Ramasamy took a swipe at Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik for defending the 90:10 ratio for Bumiputra and non-Bumiputra students in public universities. Source (pic): Bernama

Prior to the 14th general election, the DAP’s promise to the non-Bumiputras, particularly the non-Muslim Chinese, was that the party would bring an end to the decades long pro-Bumiputra policy that the previous Barisan Nasional government adopted throughout its administration.

By December, however, we heard murmurs of dissatisfaction among several DAP members who complained that Mahathir did nothing to reverse the Bumiputra policies he himself helped put in place while he was with Barisan Nasional.

On the 20thof December 2018, Kit Siang threatened to pull the DAP out from the ruling coalition “should the New Malaysia objectives be abandoned.”

In the curious case of Maszlee vs Ramasamy, one has to side with the former, as the latter is clearly representing a political faction that itself has no bone to pick with Chinese employers in the private sector who favour only Chinese graduates and frequently demand that one needs to be conversant in Chinese to gain employment.


KOTA KINABALU: Prior to the 14th general election, the DAP’s promise to the non-Bumiputras, particularly the non-Muslim Chinese, was that the party would bring an end to the decades long pro-Bumiputra policy that the previous Barisan Nasional government adopted throughout its administration.

As a matter of fact, it was the exact message delivered by several DAP leaders weeks ahead of the general election that saw UMNO’s grip on Malay politics being weakened by the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led PPBM and the Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim led PKR.




Lim Kit Siang, in particular, told ceramah crowds that Mahathir was repentant and would right his wrongs by striving towards the realisation of a “New Malaysia” concept.

“I have three dreams, the first of which is to create a nation for all Malaysians. Second, the DAP will champion all Malaysians regardless of race.

“Thirdly, to ensure that those who support DAP don’t only support the Chinese or the Indians but support a Malaysian Malaysia,” he said.

Those were the senior Lim’s words on the 16thof March 2018, barely two months ahead of the general election.

Weeks later, the terms “Malaysian Malaysia” and “New Malaysia” became one of a kind as they were cleverly interchanged during speeches delivered by key DAP “specialists” at pro Pakatan ceramahs in areas dense with Malay-Muslims.

The general election came and went.

The DAP led Pakatan coalition took control of parliament and most BN strongholds throughout the West and East Malaysian states.

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By December, we heard murmurs of dissatisfaction among several DAP members who complained that Mahathir did nothing to reverse the Bumiputra policies he himself helped put in place while he was with Barisan Nasional.

On the 20thof December 2018, Kit Siang threatened to pull the DAP out from the ruling coalition “should the New Malaysia objectives be abandoned.”

“DAP leaders are in government to play an important role to build a New Malaysia and save it from becoming a sham democracy, kakistocracy, failed state and global kleptocracy,” he reportedly said.

If recent news reports are anything to go by, things are going from bad to worse, with Kit Siang seemingly taking a backseat while his chief protagonists do the talking.

Earlier today, Penang second deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy took a swipe at Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik for defending the 90:10 Bumiputra to non-Bumiputra student ratio in public universities on the ‘pretext’ that the private sector was biased against the Bumiputra segment.

“It is shocking that Maszlee could link the continuation of the matriculation quota on the existence of unfair employment system for Bumiputera in the private sector,” Ramasamy was quoted by the Malay Mail Online as saying.

The DAP lawmaker likened his Pakatan colleague to Barisan Nasional politicians for using the private sector bias as an excuse to justify the GoM’s decision to retain Barisan’s matriculation policies.

Notwithstanding, this back and forth between Maszlee and Ramasamy serves as testimony that the following is truer than many of you may choose to believe:

1. Ramasamy is of the opinion that no matter what the private sector does, it cannot be used as an excuse to justify the retention of BN’s pro-Bumiputra policies.

2. This implies that the DAP is clearly not interested in correcting the employment bias in the private sector and seems focused only on getting more Chinese into matriculation programs through the abolishment of the Bumiputra quota.

3. This isn’t in line with Kit Siang’s “Malaysian Malaysia” a.k.a “New Malaysia” ‘dream’ of creating a nation “for all Malaysians irrespective of race or religion.”

4. PPBM is clearly running things “BN style” and is completely uninterested in the DAP’s “Malaysian Malaysia” a.k.a “New Malaysia” pledge.

5. In the curious case of Maszlee vs Ramasamy, one has to side with the former, as the latter is clearly representing a political faction that has no bone to pick with Chinese employers in the private sector who favour only Chinese graduates and frequently demand that one needs to be conversant in Chinese to gain employment.

6. All this is proof that the Malay-Muslims were taken for a ride by the DAP

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