KUALA LUMPUR, October 15, 2014:

MCA has labelled Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Rahman’s call for Bumiputeras to get 30% share quota in 2020 as back paddling.

Its publicity bureau chairman, Datuk Chai Kim Sen, in a statement, said such calls were counter-productive in nature for the country to become a developed nation.

“It is sad that with only six years left now, we are still debating the quota system.”

Tajuddin, Chai added, must bear in mind that the subsidy mentality would kill the productivity and creativity and subsequently national viability forever.

The party’s deputy national organising secretary said only the strong can survive the global arena which is increasingly becoming borderless.

“To make the developed status a possibility for Malaysia, we must first embrace meritocracy and increase productivity and not restrict ourselves to a narrow racial quota system.”

Chai stressed that to become a developed nation, the prerequisite for the status was high productivity and international competency. The “narrow” racial quota system had to be eliminated.

Tajuddin was reported by Malaysiakini to have attributed the failure to increase the Bumiputera equity to irresponsible parties who did not “appreciate the Prime Minister’s advice”, despite the government’s implementing various policies.

The Pasir Salak Member of Parliament also said that the 30% Bumiputera equity was not enough due to the increase in the community’s population, which would be around 70% by 2020. He went on to say that 70% controlling a 30% equity was “imbalanced”.

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