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Saturday, August 30, 2014

For goodness sake, leave the private sector alone

The private sector is the only private turf left for genuine entrepreneurs to try their luck and excel in what they do. They use their own capital or borrow from banks at their own risks to carry out their businesses. They know best what should be done and there should be non-interference from the government.

So far, Umno Youth chief and Youth Minister had tried to look into employment practices in the private sector to see if they had been fair to his race. Then he tried to seek positions for his youth leaders in the GLCs. Well, as a leader of a racist party, he is duty bound to do that. The government has the power to implement all kinds of policies and I think it is fair to say, with only limited success. We could have done better. With a poor track record, any government interference in the private sector is only going to hamper its success thus far.

Excerpt from P Dev Anand Pillai's letter to Malaysiakini: Why monitor ethnic mix in the private sector?

'The Malay Economic Action Council has urged the federal government to monitor the racial composition of the workforce in the private sector and the salaries that they earn so that wealth of these private sector enterprises can be better distributed amongst the workforce.

This proposal can be seen as desperate because there is a large pool of young unemployed university and college graduates who are still unemployed after completing their courses. But as they urge the federal government to do this, have we stopped to ask ourselves whether the federal government itself is practising what these NGOs are urging it to enforce?'

'... if the civil service prefers the Malays for the top positions in its various departments and levels of governance and management, why can’t the private sector favour the non-Malays?

We can’t force the private sector to show an ethnic mix because the private sector is not welfare based, it is driven by performance and with performance comes productivity and with productivity comes bigger monetary gains for the sector. When we talk about performance, we don’t see the race and religion of the individual, if the individual can perform in accordance to the demands of his job responsibility, the race and religion is not a concern at all.

Have we stopped to think why we need to seek the assistance of a Bangladeshi petrol station supervisor or counter clerk as opposed to our own local unemployed youth? It is all because of the performance and ability. The Bangladeshis are willing to do it whereas our youth just don't seem to be bothered.'

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