Oct 11, 2006

Director of ASLI for study which said the bumiputera corporate equity ownership was around 45 percent, QUITS

Because of principle or external pressure?

Extracted from MalaysiaKini
Academic Dr Lim Teck Ghee has tendered his shock resignation from think-tank Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli).

This followed Asli president Mirzan Mahathir’s decision to retract a study carried out by Asli’s Centre of Public Policy Studies (CPPS) headed by Lim.

The study which said the bumiputera corporate equity ownership was around 45 percent, instead of the government's figure of 18.9 percent, had ruffled feathers within the ruling Umno party.

It drew flak from various quarters including Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Mirzan’s father, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.



According to Mirzan, the study's methodology contained a number of shortcomings and was flawed.

“As director of the CPPS, I take full responsibility, and stand by the findings of the study and other studies that were submitted in our report to the government on the Ninth Malaysia Plan in February 2006,” Lim said in a one-page statement released this morning.

“Since I cannot agree with Mirzan's statement and because of the need to defend the position and integrity of independent and non-partisan scholarship, I regret to inform that I will be stepping down from my position as director at the end of the month,” he added.

It is learnt that Lim's decision to quit was entirely his own, based on his disagreement with the statement by his boss yesterday, and he was not pressured into doing so.

The following is Lim’s full statement

"Mirzan Mahathir, president of Asli, yesterday issued a press statement on the study conducted by the CPPS on 'Corporate Equity: Past Trends and Future Policy'.

The Asli statement was in response to various comments arising from the study's finding on the level of bumiputera equity ownership. As director of the CPPS, I take full responsibility, and stand by the findings of the study and the other studies that were submitted in our report to the government on the 9th Malaysia Plan in February 2006.

Since I cannot agree with Mirzan's statement, and because of the need to defend the position and integrity of independent and non-partisan scholarship, I regret to inform that I will be stepping down from my position as director at the end of the month.

I hope the public space opened up by the centre’s work on this particular, as well as other important, issues will be expanded on and vigorously defended by others. It is the fundamental right of the Malaysian public to question all government statistics and policies, more so when these are not transparent or defensible.

I would like to thank Asli for giving me the opportunity to work with it in providing service to the country."

Dr Lim Teck Ghee
Oct 11, 2006


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