Kuala Lumpur 25 Nov – Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the bumiputera here in Malaysia are still not receiving equal treatment as they still suffer discrimination from private sectors.
Referring to the new Economic Policy – introduced in 1971 and officially to last only for 20 years, Muhyiddin said those who criticised such policies were ”filled with hatred” and cited a study that purportedly found unfair treatment against Bumiputera graduates, who are also the most underpaid employees compared to Chinese and Indians.
A case study was conducted by academics, Dr. Lee Hwok Aun and Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid that in the year 2012, showed that unemployemnt among the Bumiputera remained the highest compared to other communities. It also showed that for reach Malay graduate called for interviews in the private sector, on average, 5.5 Chinese graduates are called, even though their qualifications are the same.
” Offical date also showed that the unemployment is highest among the Bumiputera that is 70.3% and graduates at 66.9%.”
“We also hear complaints that Bumiputera workers are the lowest paid compared to other races in the private sector,” he added.
From the book, ‘“Growth and Ethnic Inequality: Malaysia’s New Economic Policy” by Just Faaland, J.R. Parkinson and Rais Saniman, Muhyiddin said Bumiputera workers’ incomes were as much as 20 to 40 per cent lower than that of their Chinese and Indian counterparts.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that UMNO would continue to implement policies to strengthen the Bumiputera economy. “When Umno fights for Malay rights, we are called racist. But when other communities do so, they call it minority rights in a democracy,” he said.