Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Malay supremacy" in action

Membership prices of a certain golf club in Kuala Lumpur:

3 RM (Malaysian Ringgit) is worth about US$1.

Affirmative action policies based on the idea of Ketuanan Melayu (“Malay Supremacy”) have been in effect since the New Economic Policy of 1971. The NEP was designed to lift the economic status of poor Malays, but the real beneficiary are wealthy Malays. The approach has clearly filtered down to the private sector as well.

(Cross posted at Brown Pundits)

1 comment:

  1. The effect has been glaring in tertiary education in public universities where ethnic Chinese, who stood at 20+ % of the total population countrywide, used to make up 70+ % of the cohort, under meritocracy. With the introduction of the Quota system which purportedly promotes "fairness" that is proportionate to the relative demographic sizes of the various ethnic groups in the country, ethnic Malays, the so-called Bumiputeras, who stand at around 60 % of the total population countrywide, now make up almost 90% of the overall public university cohort.