Definition of “Control”, “Pegang” in Malay:
verb : to order, limit, instruct or rule something, or someone's actions or behaviour;
1. According to the definition of “control”, Chinese community in Malaysia does not seem to have the ability to “control” the economy.
2. Chinese community in Malaysia never “controls” or “intend to control” the economy of Malaysia. Chinese only excel in doing businesses through hard work, guts, far-sightedness, education, extensive regional networks, a tenacious and indefatigable spirit to succeed, etc.
3. This entrepreneurial spirit of excellence in Chinese has helped Malaysia progress well and it has nothing to with “robbing the country” and “causing the miserable state of Malays’ poverty”.
4. On the contrary, Chinese contributions toward Malaysia economy have immeasurably helped stabilize our socio-economic development. Dr. Mahathir once said: “if we discount the non-Malay contribution to the nation economy, Malaysia would be not much better than some of the African developing countries”. With Chinese, Malaysia's become better off, not worse off!
5. Malay businessmen, like YB Dato Ahmad Ismail, can hardly acquire any entrepreneurial skills because Umno-led government has made no “genuine” effort to nurture “genuine” Malay entrepreneurs or businessmen.
6. Conversely, the policies and measures introduced by Umno has adversely, subtly and insidiously cultivated the Malays’ “crutch mentality”, which has also atrophied the brains and minds of Malays to be narrow-minded and short-sighted, best exemplified by the unsound statement made by YB Dato Ahmad Ismail and UiTM students’ demonstration against 10% intake of non-bumis students.
7. In order to underscore political expediency, Umno has opted to offer the Malays the easy ways to attain success without fair competition, which in turn has churned out thousands of so-called Malay entrepreneurs / businessmen who have been awarded lucrative contracts to carry out shoddy projects throughout the country and no legal actions will taken against them if they breach the government contracts, it is the people of Malaysia, regardless of race, language or religion, who have to bear the brunt of their failure and poor service.
8. Umno-led government gives nearly 100% of government projects to Umno cronies, and 99% of Umno cronies are Malays. The government has full control of Malaysia economy and government business policies are geared toward protecting the Malay entrepreneurs.
9. It requires “protectionism” to control and subtly monopolize the economy (refer to point 8 above) to exclude fair and transparent competition; if a mediocre Malay businessman can be awarded government contracts worth few million of riggit, that’s proven this particular Malay man has “control” over it because it won't happen in open market economy and there are thousands of similar Malay businessmen/contractors in Malaysia who have absolutely exclusive access to business opportunities. Therefore it is the Malays who control the economy of Malaysia, NOT Chinese!
10. Chinese entrepreneurial spirit of excellence and business skills ≠ Chinese control the economy of Malaysia! It is utterly ludicrous and preposterous to think and say Chinese control the economy of Malaysia. Malays wake up, Chinese also (especially MCA supporters) wake up, please!
In my next article I will provide detailed explanations to prove that Chinese do not "control" the economy of Malaysia and Chinese can never dominate Malaysia politics. Please stay tuned!
Loi Bih Siang, Benjamin
11th September 2008 5:00AM