Oct 12, 2006

Najib Hopes No One Will Dispute Official Data On Equity Ownership

What? DPM is HOPING that NO ONE will dispute? How come he is HOPING if it's a FACT?!!! A fact is fact, no one can dispute. There is no room for just merely HOPE.

(Link for ASLI's report)

Extracted from BERNAMA
Najib Hopes No One Will Dispute Official Data On Equity Ownership

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Thursday he hoped that no one will dispute the government's official data on the equity ownership of bumiputera and non-bumiputera.

He said the government stood by the accuracy of the official data.


"We hope this will be accepted and not disputed by anyone," he told reporters after the presentation of Aidilfitri goodies from contributors to the Malaysian Armed Forces at the Defence Ministry here.


"We have explained in public statements about the basis of the calculation made by the EPU (Economic Planning Unit) all this while and all quarters concerned had understood the methodology used by the EPU.

"We do not want something done that causes discord. Possibly, at the beginning, such discord could be seen as intellectual discourse but if it touches on sensitive issues, it could hurt the feelings of certain races and could be regarded as sedition even though that was not the intention."

He was commenting on a controversial study by the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) of think-tank Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) which concluded that bumiputera equity ownership could be as high as 45 per cent, more than double the government's official figure of 18.9 per cent.

Asli president Mirzan Mahathir has issued a public apology over the CPPS report and also retracted it, saying the study was based on flawed assumptions and calculations and its conclusion could not be "vigorously justified".

Following the retraction, CPPS director Dr Lim Teck Ghee announced he would resign end of this month to take responsibility for the report's fallout, but he said he stood by the findings and disagreed with Mirzan's statement.

Najib said the government hoped everyone would adopt a responsible attitude on this issue because of its "big implications".

"It would have been better to just submit the (study's) findings to the government instead of making them public," he added.

Najib also commented on the death of a three-year-old boy who was rammed by a group of "mat rempit" (illegal motorcycle racers) racing in Jalan Sultan in Kota Baharu Wednesday, calling it regrettable. "The government regrets any death from a road accident as it is our wish to reduce the rate of road fatalities," he said.

The boy, Muhammad Aufal Khallah Mohd Saberi, was knocked down by a speeding motorcycle on Monday and died in the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital yesterday from his injuries.

"We want to curb racing by mat rempit and enforcement is continuing. If they break the law, stern action will be taken.

"In this connection, we hope the efforts by Putera Umno to get closer to them will help to change their attitude and turn them into useful citizens," said Najib.

-- BERNAMA

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