Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #22: Malaysia's Bumiputera Preferential Regime And Transformation Agenda: Modified Programmes Unchanged System


by Lee Kwok-Aun

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #22: Malaysia's Bumiputera Preferential Regime And Transformation Agenda: Modified Programmes Unchanged System

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 37 pages
Published:  2017, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814818049
SB#:  060909 (131)

About This Book

Malaysia has employed an extensive, constant and embedded Bumiputera preferential regime for several decades, but in recent years, the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Programme was introduced, aimed at building capable and competitive Bumiputera businesses, and reaching out to disadvantaged Bumiputera students. Official rhetoric and public discourse recurrently and erroneously maintain that need-based and merit-based affirmative action have replaced ethnicity-based programmes. The author proposes a systematic framework for integrating need-based selection (prioritizing the disadvantaged or limiting benefits to the already empowered) and merit-based selection (cultivating capable and competitive policy beneficiaries) as enhancements of the Bumiputera preferential regime, taking into account specific conditions and implications from three main policy spheres: higher education, high-level employment, and enterprise development.


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