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Discrimination – the word that takes centerstage this week

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We live in very special times in very special circumstances and in a very special country.

Maybe it is the Umno General Assembly because everytime the meeting comes about, all other important and more pressing issues are put aside and its ‘opposition-bashing’ time while this time around, the sentiments are more ‘non-Bumiputera bashing’ than before.

There are floods happening in so many places. People are facing the pinch with the electricity hike and there we have our national leaders bashing out on politics, talking about the May General Elections and calling on non-Bumiputera firms to stop discriminating Bumiputera talents.

We are perhaps the only country where the dominate community feels that they are being discriminated.

This is a truly unique place to live in because despite the fact that Malays are dominating government ministries, public office, some of the largest corporations in the country, the Youth and Sports Minister can say that Malays are not getting a fair deal.

This is one place where there are leaders who calls on the community which forms the majority of the people to fight for their rights against those who are the minority.

Malaysia is one place where getting contracts based on merit is considered to be unfair and protecting the special privileges is considered to be ‘fair’.
What a strange world we live in.

How is it possible that a Chinese converted Muslim who preaches about Malay rights is allowed to teach in a public university about ethnic cleansing and is considered to be ‘okay’?

This is a place where almost every day, there are calls to protect Bumiputera rights and yet, there are those who say that Malays are being discriminated.
This is a place where leaders are calling on non-Bumiputera companies to stop discriminating Bumiputeras in terms of employment and other benefits when the government has put in all types of initiatives to protect the Bumiputeras.
What a peculiar world.

Let’s take a look at what was reported in a local newspaper recently. The Selangor Menteri Besar came under fire for giving the state assemblymen a salary increase which puts him at RM29,250 per month which comes to about RM360,000 per year. He manages the richest state in the country. In the private sector it would mean managing the most profitable company and yet he is being criticized. If he is to be compared with the private sector, this amount is so much less.

  • Datuk Seri Mohd Nazir Razak, the Group CEO for CIMB Group earns about RM10million per year.
  • Datuk Azman Mohd, the group MD for Tenaga Nasional brings home about RM1.18million.
  • Datuk Bakke Salleh, the president and CEO of Sime Darby Bhd earns RM5.2million per annum.
  • Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, the CEO of Maybank takes home RM6.26million.
  • Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, the MD for Malaysia Airports Bhd earns about RM1.5million per year.
  • Datuk Sabri Ahmad, the former President and CEO of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd makes around RM1.884 million in 2012.
  • Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Ibrahim, the president of Axiata Bhd earns almost RM10million.

All of whom are Bumiputeras. And we have yet to look into many other GLCs around the country.

Discriminate? You’ve got to be joking.

Written by MalaysiaToday



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