KUANTAN, Jun 22 – Both Chinese and bumiputra business communities need to work together to strengthen the country’s economy and help the government achieve its aim of reinforcing unity in society. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said they know the Chinese are good at making money, but Chinese need stability and harmony to attract more investors to come in and only the Barisan Nasional government can assure that.
“We translate the concept into 1Malaysia where we can all join the business programmes, work together and share the wealth together,” he said when opening the 70th annual general meeting of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) here today.
“The government is always willing to listen to issues and problems raised by the business sector and industry players to ensure they receive all the help they need to develop their businesses. Tell us how we can do better. I can assure you that I am a good listener. I do not talk much but I will do my best in what I am doing. Let’s work together. Hopefully, by working together we can ensure that businesses will continue to prosper in Malaysia,” he said, drawing applause from the audience.
For example, he said, ACCCIM had at its last meeting highlighted difficulties in terms of documentation with regard to the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act. “This is something we can look into (as) sometimes bureaucracy can overtake the right thing. I will take your memorandum up at the next Cabinet meeting,” Bernama quoted him as saying.
He added that he believe as a government, they must make it easier for people to do business in this country and the laws should also facilitate that. Najib, who is also BN chairman, noted that the Chinese community had come out to give psychological support to BN in the Sarawak state election and the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-elections.
He said what could be understood from the victory was that the Chinese were showing a desire to support BN, the only party that could guarantee unity amid the diversities in Malaysia, and stability and harmony that were vital for business to flourish. He said he believe most of the Chinese are not tied to any party, and may be a ‘swing factor’ in the next general election, for or against BN.
“I also urged the private sector to increase the use of innovation and technology so as to be less dependent on foreign workers. I have heard that businesses need more foreign workers to increase productivity, which will bring in more revenue. (But) if we can use better technologies, then we can reduce the need for foreign workers. Our companies and others in the private sector need to place greater emphasis on increasing productivity because we need to compete at a higher level,” he said. — Bernama