Recently, there was a brief skirmish in our Whats App group on the Malay agenda.
A dear log time friend, whose likely is fed-up with too much NATO on the subject of the Malay agenda, summarised his disgust by saying if Malays are still reliant on Chinese for goods and services, talk of Malay agenda to "perkasakan bangsa
" is futile.
There is truth to what he said but one cannot just sit back and let it come. Something must be done. Effort must be made within the community. Enough of government must do this and that. The activist must not hope on others or bureaucrasy to do it for them.
As someone trained in Engineering and is in an operational corporate position, doers are naturally disgusted with polemics and rhetorics. But, the big picture macro discussion is necessary.
The Malays' problems are so deeply imbedded in their psyche as a result of their socio-political history that looking at it strictly from a retail economic delivery system suffers from myopia. To expect the creation of Malay businessmen as the yardstick of community development, it is a delusion.
Malaysian businessman generally do not abide to any form of rules and ethics. They are self serving and that attitude is translated in their open confession of being bottom line driven, penny pinching obsession, and end justify the means moral platform.