Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Never Ending Policy

Yes, it's official. The NEP is the acronym for the Never Ending Policy.

This has been confirmed separately via two speeches over the past two days. According to our Deputy Prime Minister, no time limit will be set to achieve the Malay Agenda to uplift the status of the race."

He argued that "it was impossible to correct the 446 years Malays were oppressed under the rule of foreigners between 1511 and 1957 within a period of 20 to 30 years... What we struggle for are our rights without denying the rights of others."

Separately, in Parliament, Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Ahmad Shabery Cheek, confirmed in a written reply to Lau Yeng Peng (BN-Puchong), said the affirmative action policies such as the NEP will not stop until several issues are addressed... "What is most important is to achieve national unity."

So, there we have it.
  1. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the NEP will continue in perpetuity as long as it continues to fail to achieve its goals of raising the standards of bumiputeras.

  2. Because the NEP is designed in such a way to benefit only UMNOputras like Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros, the overall 'noble' objectives of the NEP will never be achieved, for the poor bumiputeras will only get poorer.

  3. And because the NEP is framed from a racial context whereby denying the rights of others is deemed "without denying the rights of others", national unity will consequently never be achieved. And hence the NEP gets institutionalised in the country.
The New Economic Policy becomes the Never Ending Policy which is a Never Ending Story, which if you remember the lyrics, might just provide an answer to the Never Ending Problem.
Reach the stars
And fly a fantasy (yeah)
Dream a dream
And what you see will be (yeah yeah yeah)
Rhymes that keep their secrets
Will unfold behind the clouds
And there upon the rainbow
Is the answer to a never ending story
You may track the complete twist and turns of the Never Ending Story here in Malaysiakini.

Note: I first heard of the term "Never Ending Policy" during Prof P Ramasamy's speech during the NEP forum which publicised the recent controversies over bumiputera equity ownership.
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