MEF: Razak Baginda should be careful over racially sensitive remarks

Shamsuddin-Bardan-Abdul-Razak-BagindaPETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has denied Abdul Razak Baginda’s claim that the Malaysian corporate world was racially divided.

MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said that making such statements could potentially create racial disharmony in the country.

Recently, Razak who is the Centre for Global Affairs Malaysia (ICON) president claimed that the Malaysian corporate world was racially divided although he acknowledged that there were still foreign companies in the country that job seekers could look at.

He said public-listed Malaysian companies were “all made up of one race” from the top to the middle levels.

“Another race hold jobs as either drivers or despatch riders. Meanwhile, government-linked-companies are mono-racial,” Razak was reported to have said.

Speaking to FMT, Shamsuddin claimed that such statements, if misconstrued, could potentially harm the nation.

“I would say that we should be very careful in making such statements because if it is taken from a different angle, it can create a lot of racial tension and disharmony which I don’t think is good for the future of the country,” he said.

He claimed that what Razak said was not even true to begin with as what was most important to employers was the needs of the company.

“Razak was obviously stereotyping. Employers in Malaysia do not base employment on race. We depend very much on the talent available and the needs of the company.”

Razak was speaking at a forum entitled “Post-politics: Malaysians’ hopes and aspirations” at Bangunan Getah Asli in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

He said a brain drain from Malaysia could be a good thing for the nation because it would remind the government of opportunities it had lost, adding that it was the government’s responsibility to provide enough incentives for talented locals to stay in the country and it therefore had no right to stop people from leaving for better opportunities.

Go abroad if you must, job seekers told