In another political discussion MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was being quoted that there is no other agenda in raising the 30% bumiputra quota issue other than ensuring that the Government’s economic transformation plan succeeded. Dr Chua Soi Lek highlighted that under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, domestic and private investments only grew by 2% I comparison to the target of 12 % of the 10th Malaysia plan in front of the media persons when he attended 88th anniversary of Johor Baru Tiong Hua federation dinner. According to Dr Chua Soi Lek, the implementation of the social contract could be discussed, but that it should be done behind closed doors. His suggestions included the measures which must be taken to improve the Government delivery system, reduce red tape and create more transparent policies.
Dr Chua Soi Lek clearly explained that there is no grueling competition between the Chinese and the Malays but the entire country needs to be competing against the world to attract foreign investments.
Malaysia is no stranger to ethnic wars and the Bhumiputera issue brings it into the limelight. There have been three major communities in Malaysia the Bhumiputeras (the Malays) or the sons of the soil, The Malaysian Indians and the Malaysian Chinese. Malaysian Indians were brought from South Indian especially from Tamil Nadu to work on agricultural plantation, by the British. India and Malaysia share a common ruler. The Malaysians of Chinese origin came to Malaysia, 4-5 generations earlier and settled down and formed their political group.
Many people believe that internal bickering is bad for Malaysia as Malaysia is chasing foreign investment along with Singapore and Thailand and such internal disputes should not create a roadblock in the development of the country. Dr Chua Soi Lek also maintained that such a quota is unjust and immoral against people from other races.