Friday, June 22, 2007

NEP Outmoded

A European Union envoy, Thierry Rommel, said today that Malaysia's racial quota policy favouring the majority ethnic Malays is detrimental to the country and could hinder a free-trade agreement.

EU ambassador said Malaysia's attractiveness to foreign investors has weakened as a result of the affirmative action policies for the majority ethnic Malays or "bumiputras".

Rommel said the bumiputra policy was detrimental to Malaysia's human capital development due to its "pervasive impact" throughout the public education system.

I met up with another foreign envoy today and he told me that the perception of the IDR is nothing more than 'a real estate development' and that both Khazanah and UEM Land are hoping to turn their Nusajaya project into something more substantial.

Many have pointed out building an economic zone is easy but to turn it into a dynamic industrial hub is not so easy. IDR will have to attract skilled workers from all over the world if it wanted to attract credible investors and high tech companies.

On the other hand, the government is planning to announce the establishment of the Northern Economic Development Region and the Eastern Corridor.

What is obvious is the need to rethink our model of economic development. The NEP, even with its original objectives, is outdated and outmoded. A development strategy must take into account real capacity building, enhancing competitiveness and the flexibility to attract the best brains.

Can our communal centric policy and politics achieve all these?

I DON'T THINK SO.

I told a government policy maker that his party should start thinking about effecting real changes rather than merely interested in self-preservation.

Wonder why we haven't improved that much since the 1997 financial crisis?

29 comments:

mich said...

"IDR will have to attract skilled workers from all over the world if it wanted to attract credible investors and high tech companies."
I do not follow the IDR development closely, but I have the impression whereby IDR was likened to Shenzen and HK relationship (Johor and Singapore). If IDR is built based on this model, did Shenzen start off with the skilled labour, or cheap labour or other incentives?
Secondly, no doubt that hi-tech companies or investors are looking for skilled workers, but so do the skilled workers are attracted to hi-tech companies. Or rather skilled workers attracted to the IDR concept itself? Chicken or egg?
I think it is more critical to think of not what the overseas skilled workers will be attracted or not, but rather what kind of labour Malaysian gomen can provide.

Khoo Kay Peng said...

IDR may want to emulate PRD but both are treading different paths. I have written a comparison on the two here on my blog.

The problem is the Malaysian government is giving bumiputra rule examption to 6 sectors which are knowledge clusters.

IDR wants high tech investments and that would inevitably put it in a competitive position with Singapore.

Due to lower land and labour costs, Singaporean investors would first want to explore moving their low value added industrial processes here. R&D and management will be kept in Singapore - just like PRD.

Accessibility is a problem and not the entire IDR is a free access zone. Limited to an area of 1700 hectres and 6 industries.

Now you see the problem?

Anonymous said...

Development without care for equitable distribution of wealth is meaningless. NEP is a unique instrument to create the balance of development and equity

Anonymous said...

These european neanderthals caused a mess in a our country and now they want to preach. Big joke!

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Anonymous said...

Brunei actually opted to stay OUT of the Malaysian federation when it was invited to join it in 1963.

I suggest you move to brunei since you don't like seeing non-malays in Malaysia.

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Anonymous said...

You are the one who commented that Brunei is a peaceful country. So move your arse there then.

Malaysia doesn't need your bigoted kind here.

So start packing....

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Anonymous said...

It's already too late.

And since no-one except you here who is making such noise about not liking the non-Malays, you can always move to Brunei.

I am sure they will welcome you with open arms :)

Anonymous said...

Great job KKP, delete those comments that don't agree with you. Reality is painful and fairness is in the eye of the beholder

Khoo Kay Peng said...

You can disagree with me if you learn how to put up a disagreement without claiming this country to be your motherhood and solely yours. You know this type of comment won't be accepted and welcomed. I have tolerated you for a long time.

Now you are back claiming that I am being selective in deleting blatantly racist comments. You are a coward..and I have to call you names.

Show us your identity if you dare. A non-identity person cannot claim for his democratic rights here. I will allow your posts if you show us your identity.

Don't play ball with me here. You should know that I am not that easy. Any racist comments regardless of who you are cannot be accepted here.

Anonymous said...

My hat's off to you Mr Khoo.

You did the right thing.

Now this racist pest can leave this blog in peace for good.

Anonymous said...

Waah KKP you dont call me names! I dont even need to rebutt you on this but your anon friends leaves much to be desired

Anonymous said...

Well, Mr Bigot, you can always leave if you don't like the rules in this blog.

Anonymous said...

KKP ok what he is not racist like you, only biased, that is natural to be like that.

Anonymous said...

Racist? Look at your own comments.

Oops, Mr Khoo has already deleted them hehe

Anonymous said...

I am from Brunei and came upon this site from reading about NEP in the news. I didn't read the comments that was deleted. I don't appreciate any racists and certainly will not welcome them coming to my country. I find that the NEP policy is just plain racist. It claims to support the underprivileged but who is to say that only Malays are underprivileged? Are you saying all other races are rich and all Malays are poor?

Anonymous said...

waa anon from brunei ka what you know about NEP ? Of course you dont know. Brunei sultan very clever , learn from Malayan constitution dont simply distribute citizenship to non Malay Period. So non malay in brunei who by fluke shot becomes citizen must keep quiet or else disappear in the jerudong jungle.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you have a reading problem, the post I made was about NEP in Malaysia not about Brunei. There are plenty of other discussions sites for these. So please don't go insulting the policies of His Majesty. That is not the debate here. I know about NEP because I have family and friends in Malaysia and I have studied in Malaysia for some time. And by the way I am a non-malay citizen of Brunei.

Anonymous said...

The Sultan of Brunei is a smart guy - he refused to join the Malaysian federation because of greedy pigs like anoymous 1130 am @ melayu raya would have sucked brunei's oil riches dry for their own pockets and thrown a few crumbs to him in return.

And the Sultan has a great relationship with Lee Kuan Yew to the extent that he even pegs his country's currency to the Singapore dollar.

So for racist ketuanan melayu morons like anoymous 11:30 am who wish to migrate to Brunei to bask in the glory of "ketuanan" may not be so happy to know that there are plenty of Chinese Brunei citizens and the ruler is a big fan of LKY and the Singapore administration ;)

Anonymous said...

Brunei Sultan very clever laa.. follow Malayan experience and then friend friend with singapur.You also look at demography less than 1% non malay in Brunei. Ok laa follow Malaysia also follow brunei - friend friend with singapur and follow brunei constitution. No more racist thinking by all parties after this

Anonymous said...

hahahahaha... less than 1% non-malay. I thought you were an expert on Brunei. Have you been to Brunei before? Malays only make up 75% of the population my friend. There is 15% chinese in Brunei and the rest are indigenous people. Go google any site and you can see this.

Anonymous said...

Oops anon 912 you are right, when you include the PR and stateless residents. Yes I have stayed in Brunei and everybody seemed contented including the few chinese friends I came to know. So you feel Brubei is a good example for us - I am for it

Anonymous said...

Anoymous 746 pm,

Nope, you are wrong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Brunei#Nationality

Population census only INCLUDES citizens of the country and not residents.

Anonymous said...

Both wrong, chinese holding citizenship is 1.5% the rest that make up the 15% are either PR or stateless. Anyway these facts does not concern any of you - just keep off ok

Anonymous said...

Please state the facts then.

And who the hell are you to tell others to keep off?

Anonymous said...

I'm the original anon from brunei. didn't know so many ppl were so interested in this topic. anyway i corrected you in Brunei facts and I never mentioned that Brunei is a good example for M'sia. Every country has its good and bad policies and this is not the place to debate about Brunei. I entered this forum to comment about NEP in Malaysia and still stand by my comment. Even though in Brunei there is a mild form of NEP practised here, what suprises me most is that in Malaysia the rights of other races are more violated than in Brunei from the NEP when Malaysia has higher distribution of non-malay citizens. Anyway that is my point of view.