Advocates of the New Economic Policy should spend time addressing the concerns of the Malay masses as many are questioning how the policy has benefited them, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said.
He said there were concerns that the NEP advocates should identify, such as the factors which led to the failure, if at all it was true, in achieving the 30% quota of bumiputra equity ownership in public listed companies.
“Much to our dismay and chagrin, they have merely been parroting what they or their predecessors have said in the past three decades,” Ong said in his blog.
He said the advocates should take a closer look at the prevailing hardship of their own brethren at the lower rung of society.
“The pertinent question to be asked now is: Have these people ever benefited from the NEP in the past three decades?
“This question is no longer a hypothetical one purportedly raised by non-Malay elites only. In reality, this has been the common question asked by the Malay masses,” he said.
Ong said the ruling elites might frown upon them but the fact remained that they had every right to scrutinise the effectiveness of the NEP as the policy was put in place for them.
“As such, the NEP advocates, particularly those who labelled themselves as the custodians of their communal rights, should spend more time responding and addressing their own brethren’s doubts,” he said.