Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mahathir's blog: Affirmative Action

I strongly encourage everyone who care about Malaysia to read Dr Mahathir's blog (Malaysia X Prime Minister) especially the one on Affirmative Action.

Some interesting extractions:


33. The Malays must accept that this discrimination cannot be forever. If they fail to respond properly to what is being done for them, they should accept this policy would be taken away.

34. When Malay youngsters, especially boys, failed to study and qualify for university education, when they preferred to play and not study, we cannot expect the non-Malays to patiently wait and give up their opportunities until the Malays decide to become serious and study. That would not be fair.

35. That was why we introduced merit in the selection of students for the universities. Unfortunately, the implementers of Government decisions chose to interpret it differently. By requiring Bumiputeras to sit for the matriculation and the non-Bumiputeras to sit for higher school certificates, they managed to give the impression that the Bumiputeras were actually better qualified than the non-Bumiputeras. With this, the intention of the Government to make the Bumiputeras become more serious about their education failed.

36. There is a tendency among Malays to regard the discrimination in their favour as a privilege, as a recognition of their superior status. I think this is wrong. The discrimination is in order to give them a kind of headstart so that they can catch up with other races. To me, it is shameful to have to be protected because we do not have the capacity to compete. We are not Red Indians to live on reserves. We should regard it as a temporary expedient to be done away with once we have achieved the capacity to compete on our own.

37. However, we must give time for ending the NEP and it should be done in stages. I hope that the time will not be too long. In the meantime, serious efforts by the Bumiputeras must be made to avail themselves of the opportunities. If this is obviously not being done, then, as with entrance into the universities, the discrimination must end.


I love the blogsphere. Readers now can leave comments directly to Dr M, and I think he reads them as sometimes he will make a post based on some comments. He has explained about a lot of policies in a sincere tone. He did admit he made mistakes.

If you have time, read through the comments. You may understand how other races think about certain policies, something that you will never get if you only read news from the same language source.


  1. this old man is a Malay Extremist. What he said in the blog is what Tunku said in 1969, which is totally against his own idea in his book of 'Malay Dilemma'.
    If he believe in what he said now, he would made changes during his 22 years officing.

  2. And the ironic thing is the old man is not even Malay, he is half Indian!

  3. Anonymous2:14 PM

    I must read his blog then. It's sad to learn that he only realises this now?
    For so many years, the non-malays have to work so hard to pay for their better future!