PUTRAJAYA: Fair and equitable participation of all races in various sectors of the economy is important in creating shared prosperity in the New Malaysia, PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
As such, the new Bumiputera Agenda that he proposes should involve the Malay economic bodies, chambers of commerce of all races, industry players and corporate figures, he said.
In this regard, the views of economists, professional bodies, non-governmental organisations and the component parties of the ruling Pakatan Harapan, including PPBM, would also be taken into account, he said.
“When the new Bumiputera Agenda, which we can call the Shared Prosperity Plan, is implemented, we want it to have the support of all parties.
“Hence, I humbly request Prime Minister and PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to accept and support this proposal for implementation by the government,” he said at the party’s second annual general assembly here.
Muhyiddin also said that the key prerequisite of the plan is that it must create national prosperity that can be shared in a fair and equitable manner by all the people regardless of race, class and region.
“We want the Malays to move forward and all the other races to progress as well. We will never trample on the rights of the other races for us to succeed.”
He explained that the implementation of the policy would contribute to economic growth which could be enjoyed by every citizen.
Muhyiddin said people would not benefit from slow economic growth.
“If this policy inhibits economic growth, it is not the Bumiputera Agenda that we want. If the policy undermines the country’s competitiveness, it is not a Bumiputera Agenda. If the policy promotes corrupt practices, misappropriation and abuse of power, it is not a Bumiputera Agenda.
“In fact, if this policy restricts opportunities for the other races to progress and succeed, it is not a Bumiputera Agenda,” he said.
Referring to Mahathir’s reminder for Malays and Bumiputeras to change their attitude to become successful, Muhyiddin said this would be a key component of the proposed Bumiputera Agenda.
“We must apply the values of trust, diligence, discipline, courage, competence and all the noble values in the lives of the Malays. Only then can the Malays become a successful race,” he said.
Muhyiddin also reminded the Malays that they cannot depend forever on assistance from the government and Malay political parties.
“A time will come when the Malays have to be self-reliant, be able to compete; that’s the real indication of our success,” he said.