on one hand, he's saying
Bumiputras should be given priority in new sectors such as biotechnology and information communications technology (ICT), to ensure they are not left behind
however, in a speech during the opening, he said
“We do not want handouts but the opportunity to succeed on a much more level playing field,”
You don't want hand-outs, but you want to be given priority?
Maybe you meant that "Bumiputras should give priority in new sectors such as biotechnology and information communications technology (ICT), to ensure they are not left behind"?
There is a world of difference between "should be given priority" and "should give priority".
Being given priority is as good as asking for hand-outs.
I end with the paragraph below. It is taken from a local discussion forum. Is this the sort of "priority" that he is asking for?
My wife and I started a company 10 years ago.
No help from any govd. dept.
We mortgage our only house that we bought while employed, to finance the business. After so much of hard work, sacrifice and progress we decided to apply for own license.
We are qualified in every aspect. We are a good tax payer too.
We were assured a license with condition:
1.My wife should step down as a director and give away her shares i.e. 50.0%
2.My shares be reduced to 40.00%
3.Appoint 2 bumiputra directors with 30.00% shares each i.e. total 60.0%
4.60.00% of the managers, executives and clerks of the company must be bumiputras .
5.Salary and EPF statement of all the employees must be submitted to licensing body on a yearly basis to make sure the bumiputras are paid more or equal to the non-bumiputras.
6.Many other conditions not favorable to non-bumiputra.
If this not discrimination and marginalisation, then what shall we call this?