Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Saturday, October 14, 2006

2 sides of the Malaysian Government

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon to show that he represents all races following criticism that he was not doing enough for Malays in Penang. In another occasion, Datuk Seri Najib said that "we do not take away opportunities for other races in this country". Prime Minister Abdullah has said, "we will be fair to all communities, I am the Prime Minister of all Malaysians".

But in Ipoh, a government circular compelling all state department heads to buy stationery and rent photocopiers only from bumiputra companies has sparked a public outcry. DAP Socialist Youth chief Mr. Nga Kor Ming , said the policy was a “serious marginalisation” of non-bumiputra suppliers.

When contacted, state Financial Officer Datuk Jamalludin Al Amini Ahmad declined comment. Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazal said "there is nothing inappropriate in granting certain privileges to bumiputra companies". He said such dealings were considered small and would not marginalise non-bumiputra suppliers. "We gave them (bumiputra suppliers) the jobs because we know they are capable of supplying the goods to us”, said Tajol.