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Govt defends 18.9% equity figure

Husna Yusop, Pauline Puah, B. Suresh Ram, S. Tamarai and Foong Li Mei
The Sun
The government today continued to defend its 18.9% figure of bumiputra equity ownership despite findings by an independent think tank, using new methodologies and data, that found it could be as high as 45%.However, groups stressed the government’s figure could only be verified if its data, methodology and analysis were publicised. Continue reading

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Friday, October 13, 2006 Posted by | Issues, News | Leave a comment

Malaysia’s Ethnic Reality Under Scrutiny

Our Correspondent
12 October 2006

A new report puts a three decade-old affirmative action program under fire

Malaysia is suddenly confronting the unsettling possibility that at least a thin crust of its ethnic majority population might be a lot better off than everybody thinks. A report published by a prestigious think tank challenges official affirmative action programs by saying that Malay ownership of public corporate equity is far higher than previously believed. Continue reading

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Mahathir: Proton Will Collapse Without Partner

By Soraya Permatasari and Haslinda Amin

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) — Proton Holdings Bhd., Malaysia’s biggest carmaker, will collapse unless it finds an international partner such as Volkswagen AG, said former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who set up the company more than two decades ago. Continue reading

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Democracy for Muslims?

October 12, 2006
 By Patrick Fitzgerald

 

The increasing sectarian conflict in Iraq and the rise of Islamist parties like Hamas and Hezbollah have put American efforts to democratize the Middle East on hold and raised doubts among experts and policy makers about whether democracy is compatible with the Muslim faith. But in a campus appearance yesterday afternoon, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim offered an ardent defense of democracy in the Muslim world, telling a standing-room-only crowd in Bechtel Conference Center that “men and women are born free, even in the Islamic construct.”

 

Former Malaysian Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

Anwar Ibrahim gives a talk “Democracy in the Muslim World.”

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Malaysian think-tank director quits amid furore over ethnic corporate equity report

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian think-tank director resigned on Wednesday after the center retracted a study that sparked a furor among majority ethnic Malays who feared it may bolster arguments to do away with a decades-old system of privileges. Continue reading

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Mahathir: Abdullah Is Endangering Malaysian Economic Growth

By Angus Whitley and Haslinda Amin

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) — Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, three years in office this month, is jeopardizing economic growth and confidence in his administration is waning, said former leader Mahathir Mohamad.

Abdullah should increase spending on technology rather than boosting agricultural production or signing questionable trade accords, Mahathir, 80, said in an interview. The medical doctor, who led the nation for 22 years until 2003, said he’s being sidelined in the media and in Malaysia’s ruling party. Continue reading

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The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin – 32

The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin continues here:

 

Part 32 – The Battle Begins: Mahathir chooses his weapon

 

In December 1990, as he lay on his deathbed, First Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman received the unwelcome news that the then Prime Minister was about to come pay him a visit. According to Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s staff, it was a ‘courtesy call’ upon the dying Bapa Malaysia who was spending his last few hours on this earth, generally at peace with himself after having delivered his final message to the people at a gathering in Kuching several days earlier. The Tunku wanted to let the world slip away without any rancour. Continue reading

Friday, October 13, 2006 Posted by | Commentary | 3 Comments

The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin – 31

The Truth About Khairy Jamaluddin continues here:

Part 31 – Khairy Chronicles in review continued

Episode 31 of The Khairy Chronicles is supposed to be called The Battle Begins: Mahathir’s secret weapon, where we were going to tell you about Mahathir’s White Knight who will emerge to fight the Khairy Dragon. However, since the last episode of The Khairy Chronicles on 5 May, there have been many and fast-changing developments in the Malaysian political scene that what we write seems to become obsolete even before we can publish it. Continue reading

Friday, October 13, 2006 Posted by | Commentary | 3 Comments

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