Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
Bumiputera Policy in Malaysia: Challenges before the Malaysian Leadership
Author(s): Promod Singh
Abstract: While the adoption of the Bumiputera policy in Malaysia was necessitated by the economic backwardness of most Malays at the time of independence; the policy subsequently gave rise to new kind of issues and challenges for the Malaysian society and leadership. On the one hand, the people of Orang Asli and Sabah and Sarawak are still in dismal state of poverty, while on the other hand, a feeling of discrimination has emerged among the ethnic Indians and Chinese, who do not get any privilege of reservation policy. Unless these are dealt with, the Malaysian Vision 2020 of becoming a knowledge society seems a distant dream.