Convert 180 million loans into grants for Indian businessman
Premier Datuk Najib Tun Razak’s offer of RM180 million as loan to Indian community must be another vote buying gimmick. He and all the UMNO leaders know that non Malays who are born and bred in Malaysia are alienated from all government and GLC’s procurement. The BN government has set up so many restrictions and conditions on non Malays to carry out businesses. Bakeries selling bread must have Halal certificate. To apply for halal certificate the applicant must have bumiputra partners and bumiputra employees at manager levels The BN government has completely marginalized non Malays from selling anything to Malay market in the name of Halal certificate. Yet MIC/UMNO leaders can pretend all is fine and that BN really cares for Indians.
One of my cousins wanted to import goats from Myanmar somewhere is 2006. When he went to customs and agriculture department for permits to import, he was told that he can only import under a bumiputra name. My cousin then went looking for a trusted bumiputra partner to import goat or at least lend his name for the purpose. He managed to find one from the same business. He imported goat and sold in Malaysia. After the first import the bumiputra partner went to Myanmar and started importing himself. My cousin lost a reliable source of supply. This is how many small time Indian businessmen incur losses and face difficulty to doing business in Malaysia. My cousin was so frustrated that he brought many friends to the Hindraf rally on 25th November 2007. He also has buses trafficking workers. He has to get bumiputra to get permit and pay a monthly fee. With all the limitations and difficulties our Indian brothers and sisters have to do business. No other country in the world has this kind of cunning and malicious restrictions on its own citizens to do business. UMNO has and the stupid MIC/PPP can’t see that for obvious reasons. Local councils (majlis tempatan) issues licenses generously to Malays but impose quotas and limits to non Malay stalls even in non Malay areas. Mr Prime Minister despite your 1Malaysia campaign, UMNO is racial and hypocritical in its policies.
Datuk Najib, enough of election sweeties and goodies for Indians. Urban Indians have woken up and our rural cousins are waking up. Get real and come down to the crux of the matter. Indians need genuine opportunities and level playing field in government and GLC procurements. At least remove all malicious restrictions created purposely to alienate non Malays from supplying Malay and government sector. We are not begging but we want the BN government to be fair and don’t use religion to hinder our businesses. Even the Arabs are more liberal and they don’t bring in halal issues to restrict us.
Mr. Prime Minister the least you can do now is convert the RM180 million loan offer into grants for indian Businessmen.
Senator S. Ramakrishnan