Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Programmes launch
Full text of PM’s speech at the Bumiputera economic empowerment programmes launch.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak announced new Bumiputera economic empowerment programmes at Universiti Teknologi Mara here on Saturday.
Here is the full text of his speech.
Bismillahirrahmannirrahim Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and peace be upon you.
1. God willing, thanks to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala because with his consent we are gathered this morning, at Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Main Campus, an institution which symbolises and is a symbolism of the relentless struggle of the Malays and Bumiputera.
2. First of all, on behalf of the government, I record the highest appreciation to the people of Malaysia especially the Malay and Bumiputra comunities who had supported, given their mandate and trust to Barisan Nasional at the 13th General Election..to continue the leadership of the nation. What is more overwhelming is, Umno as the mainstay of Barisan Nasional, had been able to increase its parliamentary seat from 79 to 88.
3. This proved, regardless of the obstacle, despite the accusations, the Umno Transformation Leadership, with the other Barisan National component parties continued to be strong, continued to be firm and continued to endure efficaciously, as the pick of the people, for the next five years …to pursue the agenda of the Malays and Bumiputera in our beloved homeland.
4. After the last General Election was concluded, we heard numerous grumblings, countless laments and dissatisfaction, raised by the Bumiputra communities, on their lot, future and direction, with their children and grandchildren in the land of our birth.
5. Indeed, we heard your cries, ladies and gentlemen. We too, immerse ourselves in your pulses and restlessness. Yes, indeed! We hear you. We hear you loud and clear.
6. Since the nation became independent, on Aug 31, 1957, the people had lived in harmony, united, building the nation. On Sept 16, 1963, Sabah and Sarawak merged with us to form Malaysia. Thankfully, the unification, brought us a million blessings. Day after tomorrow, with the grace of god too, we will celebrate the completion of fifty years, Malaysia’s golden jubilee celebration, which, god willing, I will be attending in the cities of Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
7. To celebrate the population of the nation, there were 6.1 million Bumiputras in 1970, or 56% of the populace. The Malays comprised nine main ethnic groups, Orang Asli were divided into 18 categories, Sabah Bumiputras had 40 ethnic groups while Sarawak had 60 ethnic groups.
8. During the 2010 Umno General Assembly, I mentioned that Jawa is Malay, Bugis is Malay, Banjar is also mentioned as Malay, Minangkabau is definitely Malay, those of Acheh origin are Malays, in fact, a convert is defined as Malay, even Mamak and Malbari have been absorbed as Malays.
9. The 2010 Population and Housing Census, showed Malays and Muslim Bumiputras made up 59.7%. While non-Muslim Bumiputras were 7.6% of the overall populace. Current projections, as of 2012, estimated the population of Malaysia as 27.4 million people of whom Bumiputras numbered 18.6 million or 67.9%.
10. Since Independence, all the Malay and Bumiputra plannings and economic policies by the Government had been enacted based on the calculations founded on the composition of the plural communities. In principle, this had been adopted as a social contract since a long time ago by the people of Malaysia, as agreed to by the founding fathers of our nation, protected and articulated in the Federal Constitution through Article 153, Article 160 (2), Article 161A (6)(a). Also Article 161A (6)(b).
11. Therefore, the Malays and Bumiputras as the core of the national agenda could not be denied by anybody. Indeed, any matter which is national in nature, which does not take into account or neglect the agenda of the Malays and Bumiputras is not fair and just.
12. It is important that this must be thoroughly understood by all quarters that we must always be aware and be careful about the Bumiputra Agenda being the National Agenda. This is because if the majority Bumiputra group is not looked after or felt themselves threatened and sidelined, the country may not achieve peace, stability, and we may not achieve our dream of becoming a developed nation which is peaceful and prosperous as aspired in 2020.
13. Thereupon, history has proven in the development of the national economy especially since the New Economic Policy was implemented, not only Malay and Bumiputra, in fact, all Malaysians shared the bounty from god, reaping the benefit together, the result of the national economic development. Clearly, this we had done without taking, or depriving anybody’s right but rightly through the creation of new wealth and generating strong economic growth.
14. The chronicles of the world had shown how if a government failed to play its pro-active part in balancing the socio-economy fairly, between the haves and have-nots, between capitalists and workers, between land owners and tenants, between white collar workers and blue collar workers, it would be and is the harbinger of catastrophes.
15. In retrospect, the New Economic Policy, namely, NEP had been introduced in 1971 by the late Tun Abdul Razak, my father, to tackle the issue of inter-ethnic socio-economic imbalances and poverty eradication following the May 13, 1969 tragedy.