Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Anwar on alternative programme to NEP

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de factor leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says the soon-to-be-formalised opposition alliance will introduce the Malaysian Economic Agenda as an alternative programme to replace the New Economic Policy (NEP) to fulfil the needs of all the races in the coutnry.

He said the programme would be introduced when PKR, DAP and PAS formalised their alliance mechanism in a few days.

“I want to assure the Malays that the Malay Agenda will be retained, but we will also have to draw up a new agenda for the Chinese and the Indians,” he said in an interview with the Singapore Berita Harian which was published today.

Anwar said the three-party alliance started working on the Malaysian Economic Agenda since a year ago.
source: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Monday/NewsBreak/20080317181009/Article/index_html

Malaysian Economic Agenda proposed: SINGAPORE: Parti Keadilan Rakyat and its allies will introduce the Malaysian Economic Agenda (MEA) as an alternative programme to the New Economic Policy (NEP). PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the party had been working with Pas and DAP on the MEA for the past year.

In an interview with Singapore's Berita Harian, Anwar said details of the MEA would be revealed after the three parties formalised their alliance within a few days.

"I want to assure Malays that the Malay Agenda will be retained, but we will also have to draw up a new agenda for the Chinese and the Indians," Bernama quoted him as saying in the report.

In Shah Alam, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who is PKR secretary-general, also alluded to the MEA.

While admitting that his success in the corporate world was a result of the NEP, he said the situation had since changed.
He said during his tenure as the chief executive officer in Permodalan Nasional Bhd, he carried out NEP policies such as the Amanah Saham Bumiputra and Amanah Saham Nasional.

"I carried out a policy that benefited all Malays and when I left the organisation, more than five million Malays had benefited from it," he told the press after meeting Anwar at his official residence here yesterday.

Khalid said some people in Selangor, including Umno information chief and former menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib, had said that he was ungrateful to the NEP although it had helped him become successful.

He replied that he was grateful for the opportunities the NEP had given him. However, for the state to be truly developed, everyone must develop together.

He said at least 53 per cent of Malays in Selangor needed help to become competitive, not just locally but internationally.

He added that the Chinese, too, needed help to develop their businesses.

The government also had to ensure that the Indians were not left behind in development.

New Malaysian Economic Agenda to replace New Economic Policy

Agenda Ekonomi Malaysia - The Malaysian Economic Agenda http://anwaribrahimblog.com/2008/03/15/agenda-ekonomi-malaysia/

PKR Leaders meet Rimba Jaya folkshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ_Oq2fe-0sb

March 19, 2008: Pertahan DEB... bela maruah Melayu
Kira-kira 1,000 orang yang terdiri daripada pelbagai lapisan masyarakat berhimpun di Dataran Shah Alam hari Rabu bagi membantah cadangan PKR dan DAP yang kini memerintah Selangor untuk menghapuskan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB). Perhimpunan yang berlangsung di dalam hujan lebat itu menyaksikan perhimpunan yang dinamakan Himpunan Melayu Selangor itu dipenuhi dengan ucapan yang membantah cadangan pihak kerajaan negeri Selangor untuk menghapuskan DEB. Beberapa pemimpin perhimpunan itu dalam ucapannya mengutuk cadangan menghapuskan DEB yang disifatkan mencabar kesabaran orang Melayu. Malah mereka melaungkan slogan Hidup Melayu dan Daulat Tuanku berharap agar Sultan Selangor terus diberikan kekuatan untuk mempertahankan kepentingan orang Melayu di Selangor. Perhimpunan berkenaan berlangsung dalam masa setengah jam dan berjalan dengan aman dan pihak polis kelihatan berkawal di sekitar Dataran Shah Alam sepanjang perhimpunan itu berlangsung. - 19/3/2008

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