MELAKA, Oct 1 – Bumiputeras cannot blame the government and other races if the target of 30 per cent Bumiputera equity ownership in the economy by 2020 is not achieved, says former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He said they (bumiputeras) only have themselves to blame for not doubling efforts to improve themselves.
“We cannot blame others and hope that they slow down for our sake. We must correct ourselves and work hader than the other races to be successful,” he said at a dialogue session organised by the Federation of Melaka Retiree Associations in Melaka, Wednesday. Dr Mahathir said the Bumiputeras were accorded many benefits by the government especially in the economic sector, but they did not use them well. “For example, the government gave the project to build computer classes in schools to Malay contractors but they sold the project to others,” he said.
On another note, Dr Mahathir said the concept of sharing political power and the economy founded by past leaders can sustain the prosperity and racial harmony of this country. On the other hand, the move to dominate all fields by a particular race can threaten the peace and stability as it can lead to rioting by the oppressed.