I will be away in Singapore from today (March 31) and will be back in town on April 2. I will try to blog from there so that my webblog is active. I will also have a short report for you on the ISEAS (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) seminar on the New Economic Policy (NEP), where I will be one of the panelists.
I am sure my views will be criticised by the media here. But frankly, I believe that we must not live the past, and instead we must move forward into a new era of good governance.
Malaysia is not a hotel. It must be a place where we all can call our home, a place where we belong and there will opportunities for all who are willing to work hard. But we must have compassion for the less fortunate among us. The poor Malaysians need help and given their dignity back; and they must be given the help so that they can be empowered to take care of themselves and their families. This is possible in PKR’s constitutional state (negara madani).
So, Affirmative Action Policy, YES, but NEP, as it is now and has been for the past 37 years, NO. I support Anwar Ibrahim’s Malaysian Economic Agenda because it is the way forward. Let us not be afraid of change, especially when it is positive. There must be “Justice for All”.—Din Merican.