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Author: Terenze Gomez.  Why the continuing fixation with numbers when many Malaysians, among them even members of BN component parties, have questioned the veracity of these government-released ownership figures? Even if Bumiputera equity ownership is increased to 30%, would this mean that wealth has been more equitably distributed among members of this community or between them and other Malaysians? And, most importantly, should we continue to perpetuate a discourse on equitable wealth distribution among Malaysians along racial lines?

file icon What is wrong with the NEPhot!Tooltip 05/15/2008 Hits: 2228
Author: Koon, Yew Yin.  Publication: Aliran, 26 January 2007. 

Abstract: The most indisputable fact is that we were once at par with Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea in 1970 when the NEP was first introduced.

file icon Towards a New Social Agendahot!Tooltip 05/02/2008 Hits: 2216

Author: Mohammed Ariff. Publication/Conference: MIERScan, 14 January 2008

In the Malaysian context, economic growth and income distribution have been the two sides of the same coin. Economic growth is thus crucial for successful affirmative action. The improvements in income distribution, both intra- and inter-ethnic, in the early years of the NEP were attributable in no small measure to the rapid growth of the economy. However, to the extent that economic growth was input-driven, not productivity-driven, this was not sustainable.

Author: Azly Rahman.  Abstract: The New Economic Policy (NEP) owes it genesis to a vision that sought to redistribute wealth among Malaysia's races and create a Malay middle class. Today, there are a significant number who believe that most of the benefits have gone to upper and upper-middle class Malays. As a whole, a vast swath of the Malaysian middle-classes remain relatively poor. It is the urban lifestyle has brought this group to such a level - like America's middle-class, they are riddled with credit card debt and face rising costs of living.

The paper attempts to evaluate the achievement of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his 22 years in office as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with reference to the development of Bumiputera. Article written in Malay.  Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. Authors: Ishak Hj Abd Rahman, Jumaat Abd Moen, Aniza Che Wel.
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