Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nor Mohamad Yakcop says here Malays are lagging all over.Who's to blame, the Malays or Malay leaders?
Why are the Malays still lagging behind? Pure and simple, Malay leaders and rich Malays are not doing enough for their kin.
A good example is work of philanthropy which is almost absent in the rich Malay world.There are many rich Malays, most beneficiaries of the NEP, but how many of them you can count on your two hands are giving back to society, if not in general, at least to the less fortunate Malay community? There are some but the number is very negligible.
Why did I use philantropy as example?
Philantropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others particularly by giving one's best effort or money to the less fortunate without expecting any return.
Most of those that have amassed huge fortunes through hard work are more likely to give back to society rather than those who have acquired it through other means.
Did the government have a good policy to help the Malays? The NEP if confined to its noble objective is not a bad thing.It has become a bogeyman to the non-Malays not for its purposes but for its abuses.
Indeed, the government have a good policy, but as long as those in power uses it as a gravy train to enrich themselves and to keep them in power, not in a hundred years, would the Malays see a reversal of fortune favouring them.
Nor Yakcop can shout the next hundred years, nothing will change, unless Malay leaders stop providing lip service and start caring for each other.
A few rich Malays does not make all Malay rich.