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95% of poverty cases involve Bumiputeras, claims Perkasa

 | November 19, 2017

The Malay rights group’s leaders and supporters claim Budget 2018 does not give adequate special allocations to uplift Bumiputeras.


Perkasa deputy president Ruhanie Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR: Malay rights group Perkasa has claimed that 95% of the poverty cases in Malaysia involve Bumiputeras, a situation that threatens to make the community socio-economically inferior to others in the country.

Its deputy president Ruhanie Ahmad said Budget 2018, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Prime Minister Najib Razak on Oct 27, had failed to address this concern.

“It’s impossible that the government does not know about our issues,” he said.

“Do you want to become a second-class citizen in your own country?” he told a forum titled “Where are the Bumiputera Privileges?” in which he was acting as moderator here yesterday.

He said Bumiputeras made up more than 75% of the country’s general workers and those paid low salaries, as well as the unemployed in Malaysia.

He said Perkasa did not agree that Budget 2018 was the “mother of all budgets” as had been coined by Najib because it had not given due focus to resolving the plight of the Bumiputeras.

Meanwhile, former senator Akhbar Ali said if Bumiputeras made up 70% of the country’s entire population, at least 70% of the federal budget should have been allocated for their interests.

He claimed that since the 6th Malaysia Plan (1990 to 1995), some RM1.7 trillion had been spent on development and of this RM900 billion should have been meant for Bumiputeras.

“We are not second-class citizens, but third-class ones,” he said.

“Our poverty is eight times worse than that of the Chinese. For every Chinese that is poor, eight Malays are poor and for every Indian, five Malays are poor,” he added.

Perkasa Supreme Council member Rom Tamjis said statistics had shown that Bumiputeras were suffering.

“Why did we get rid of the New Economic Policy (NEP)? The problem of developing the Malays is a big problem. Where is the allocation in Budget 2018 for that?” he said.

“Our leaders know the problems of the Bumiputeras but they are willing to ignore them.”

University Putra Malaysia (UPM) economy and management senior lecturer Yusof Saari said the country should not have implemented the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M).

“What’s the point of being paid RM1,200 through BR1M when your cost of living goes up by RM3,000?” he said.

“Abolish BR1M and use that money to subsidise food for all of us. That would benefit us better.”

Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali also said Budget 2018 did not specifically provide aid for Bumiputeras, but only dealt with general “bread and butter” issues.

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