A reader by the name of “Racist” commented on my blog today of his fear . I presume he is a Malay Malaysian and his fear reflects that of many of our Malay brothers in the planned abolition of the NEP and adoption of open tender in Penang, as announced by the new Penang Adminsitration (see Malaysiakini report on this).
Go for Open tender and i believe all contract will go to chinamen because they control all the supply. So in the end only chinamen can give low price. IF you don’t believe ask your malay/india and chinesse friend buy a pair of glove and compare the price.
For me if this unfair practice continue we will face a new problem.
I would like to assure “Racist” that open tender does not necessarily mean that the lowest will get it. Under the open tender system, the best and the most “value-for -money” proposal normally will be chosen. Also I noted that the governemnt is a multiracial one and there is an Indian as well as a Malay Deputy CM.
After 50 years, if our Malay brothers still harbour this insecurity, it is because they were not taught to stand up and walk without cluthches . They were given clutches and no attempt was taken to wean them off these clutches.
I have always maintained that to be competitive in this world, (not only in this country, now that globalisation is here, we must think of the world as well), all our people must learn to be hardworking, thrifty and receptive to new ideas in order to be able to compete . There is no easy way about this.
You have to choose either to learn “how to fish” rather than be given fish to eat all your life, because ultimately, if you don’t learn how to fish, you will find that sooner or later, no one will be able to feed you with fish all your life.
Open tender also cuts out corrupt practices and lower the cost of the project. In the end , tis means that the ordinary people on the ground would not have to foot so much out. This savings from corrupt practices will ensure that people of all races , the end users will benefit from a cost reduction.
I am willing to see how they preform and given them some time to prove the merits of a democratic socialist policy . Under this, the strong will have to look after the weak, the rich must be prepared to help the poor. Eradication of poverty irrespective of race will make sure that no one is left behind.
So, my advice to “Racist” and many of our Malay brothers who have the same worries out there, please try this nonracial method for a term. You are in the majority, if after one term, you do not like it, no one can stop you to vote to go back to the wasteful method of awarding tenders to cronies. I promise that this blog will continue to serve as a watchdog and single out whoever is not working for the benefit of all races.
Please also read one of my article posted about one year ago about a successful Malay Entrepreneur in New York, a true story. This story proves that no one race is superior, it is just a matter of hardwork and having the will to learn and the will to overcome.