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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! revisited

FILE PHOTO: SUN DAILY

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At the ongoing Umno general assembly, we are hearing calls for an “economic jihad”. Little has changed in Umno’s worldview since the late Philip Khoo wrote this piece in 2005.

Photograph: theSun Daily
Photograph: theSun Daily

It is time to revisit his piece to see just how much the elites have grabbed, even back then:

The speeches about the APs at the recent UMNO General Assembly (2005) were full of the symptoms of greed. Not much was said about the AP policy and practice, or whether they hurt the national interest. What we heard was too much of “Why not me?”

When the call was made to renew NEP, complete with keris (traditional dagger) and all, there was no more doubt: Greed was the agenda of the day!

Well, greed and chauvinism.

The chauvinism couldn’t be more obvious. In what other nation could a section of the people push their self-declared agenda to be ‘the national agenda’?

Full article and accompanying tables here.

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