Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Complete silence on bumiputera equity issue

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that Malaysians have the right to question the government or to seek answers on issues. He said, "if the people question, then we must have answers. We do not have a problem. If we are transparent, what is the problem?". Just a day earlier, his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the government’s methodology to calculate bumiputra equity ownership was no secret and could be disclosed.

More than a week has passed since the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday but there had not been an official word about the controversy at all.

Well then, my question is: Why then the conspicuous and thunderous silence on the part of the Cabinet in the past week on the public release of the methodology and data used by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to compute the 18.9% bumiputra equity ownership and to rebut the 45% figure in the ASLI's report?

My question is: Did the Cabinet last Wednesday take a decision to release the methodology and data used for the Economic Planning Unit (EPU)’s figure of 18.9% bumiputra equity ownership or has the whole issue been swept under the carpet?

My question is: When a leader claims that he is in control, why wasn't he able to give an immediate response to the people's enquiry?

My question is: Why does the Prime Minister needs to "prepare answers" while everything should be on his fingertips?