Saturday, July 02, 2005

Tengku Mahaleel in Trouble

Looks like Proton's Chief Executive Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff is in trouble after he criticized the government's auto policy in an interview with the Oriental Daily (Chinese language) newspaper on Tuesday.

However, its hard for me to understand his complaints about the "poor treatment" Proton was receiving from the government. Everyone knows that Proton couldn't have come this far without the Govt's support and after all the government owns 42.74% of Proton through Khazanah Nasional Bhd and is its biggest shareholder.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has denied rumours that Khazanah Nasional Bhd had asked Proton Holdings Bhd's board to remove the latter's chief executive officer. Read the Bernama report.

The company’s board of directors had called an emergency meeting and have given him until the weekend to explain his comments. Read the NST report.


malaysia is no future country said...

First of all, are we (the non-bumis, that is) really to believe that the government will abolish or tone down the New Economic Policy in the near future? We must be realistic, if you have the right to buy a property at a discount and have scholarships for your children, would you let go of these rights?

With Chinese population dwindling in Malaysia, what needs to be done depends on the Chinese themselves.

There is nothing wrong with the brain drain. In fact, we should encourage our children to move to Singapore, Taiwan, China etc. if we disagree with Malaysian government policies that are based on race and religion.

When it comes to the matter of the dwindling number of Chinese Malaysians, we should talk about quality, not quantity.

We should resolve why the Chinese-Malaysian population is reducing. Official figures have more than one million Chinese Malaysians emigrating over the past 25 years. Why did they emigrate? I am sure the government knows.

Straight A students can't get scholarships or university places. Nothing new, it's been that way for the past 35 years. Nowadays, even enlightened malay Malaysians are speaking up on this injustice. The MCA and Gerakan? Busy making money from private colleges.

What's so great about having TAR College or Utar which took more than 35 years of begging? Why should it be so difficult to set up an independent university when we have scores of public ones?

While we push young talented people away, other countries notably Singapore, the US and Australia welcome them with open arms.

Is it logical that we drive away our young talented ones and then invite retired Mat Sallehs to live here and exploit our low-cost of living?

Singapore's success in particular owes much to these ex-Malaysians or their descendants including Hon Sui Sen, Goh Keng Swee, Goh Chok Tong, just to name a few.

About 30 percent of top management in both Singapore's government and corporate sector are ex-Malaysians. We export them so that Singapore can compete with, and then whack us.

Korea and Taiwan, both way behind us in the 70s and 80s are now way ahead. Thailand is breathing down our necks.

Sadly, there is just no integrity in the nation's leadership.

Adam said...

Not sure what this has to do with the topic.

Adam said...

I guess it is very sensitive. We can look at the counter arguments. Majority of companies are owned by the Chinese. It is also easier for them to find jobs in the privaste sector as well. Just a look at the statistics ethnicity of unemployed youth. The NEP has not only benefited the Malays but the Indians as well. After they started the meritrocracy system in the local Univs., intake of Indians have gone down drastically.
However, you have pointed out some issues there- with regards to brain drain. For me, if you have better opportunities elsewhere, just go ahead.


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