1. En Wan, I do share yr sentiment re the Bumi Agenda regarding output, outcome & impact of development, especially the maddening pursuit of high income country on the Bumis/Malays thru the NEM/MBE.
2. On the outset, one shld congratulate PM and together we celebrate the successes as enumerated last nite. It’s praiseworthy tho.
3. However, those figures/success stories are only more meaningful to us if he highlighted the beneficiaries by race as well, not just showcasing 2, 3 selected individuals.
4. He should relate as to how those macro successes (less relevant high GNI per capita, 1.8 million additional jobs, contracts of many huge projects, additional RM228b private investments, etc) are impacting the inclusivity, a vital component of NEM.
5. That additional investments alone will wipe out whatever meager allocations and carve outs were given to Bumis.
6. Hence, one could notice that:
a) All NKRAs & NKEAs were sprinkled with colourful results/outputs but when came to Bumi Agenda, PM only mentioned in a few words its ALLOCATIONS/INPUTS; NO mention about results/output/outcome/impact. Why?
b) yes poverty was mentioned but what was conspicuously silent was the frightening subject of widening wealth inequalities & possible shrinking of middle class. Please refer to The Color of Inequalities by Dr Mohamad.
7. It looks Pemandu continues to give less direct attention and is purposely avoiding this subject. Our only hope now lies with EPU and its proposed RMK11 to mitigate and rectify all those failures.
8. Given this perceived lack of interest, the Bumis / Malays will continue to rightly ask: for WHOM is this development and high income country? Definitely NOT for them. They’re marginalised!
9. If they’re continued to be marginalised by the existing system & structure, is there any good reason for them to continue giving their support to the very system & structure that victimized them?
10. Hence, before it’s too late, may I humbly suggest, yet again,:
a) that our beloved PM should learn from TS Ali Rustam about the recent painful lessons in pursuing Melaka Maju 2010.
There’s no mistake in life, only lesson. But if one doesn’t learn from the lesson, than it is a mistake – Einstein.
b) that the government must stop this syndrome of telling that all are good and, equally, the opposition must also stop the syndrome of yelling that everything is bad about the government. It’s breathtaking naiveté.
11. Please be mindful that denial syndrome is fatal.