Umno should take back the human resources minister’s post to address discrimination against the Malays in the private sector said an Umno Youth delegate.
Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin said the ministerial portfolio, which is currently held by Umno's Barisan Nasional partner, Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP), should be returned to the Malay party to fight for the Malay agenda.
"We are the biggest race here but our salaries are the lowest," he said in citing a 2012 academic study that purportedly found private sector employers preferred to hire non-Malays.
"Some conglomerates and companies in the private sector are not interested in helping redress the inbalance in the social economic strata.
"What do the Malays lack? They are smart, mild-mannered, hardworking and respectful," he said while debating on the economic motion at the Umno general assembly today.
SUPP deputy president Datuk Seri Richard Riot is the current human resources minister. The portfolio had also been previously held by ministers from BN component parties MCA and MIC.
Shaiful Hazizy also proposed that the New Economic Model (NEP) should be revived and given a new lease of life to boost Malay economic progress.
"Maybe we can call it NEP 2.0 which is more meaningful to people than Bersih 2.0," he said in a swipe at the electoral reform group.
Under NEP 2.0, he proposed for the abolishment of any economic policies that does not help the growth of the Malay community.
He also mooted programmes that encourage the creation of Malay entrepreneurs and wanted more CEO positions in the corporate sector be reserved for Malays and Indians, as he claimed they are currently mostly dominated by the Chinese. – November 29, 2014.