Datuk Seri Nazir Abdul Razak, the younger brother of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has criticized the NEP (New Economic Policy) as proposed by the federal government saying that the policy is unfair to a majority of Malays and that the government should protect the interest of the majority of Malays and not just the selected ones.
He said “I have met a Malay professional overseas who refused to return to Malaysia because he is of the view that successful Malays are not welcomed in the country. This is because the Malays’ success is always linked to NEP. In fact some of them refused to return thinking that the NEP is not for them but only to selected Malay groups, so they are better off working overseas. Certain aspect of the NEP such as scholarships allocation should be retained. Those who have been trying to stop efforts to review the NEP are those who are benefiting from the NEP. That was why some contractors were not happy with open tender but they never ask if they get the job, what would happen to other Malay contractors. Why refuse to compete?”
In an interview with Mingguan Malaysia, he added that “In the long term NEP is about national unity. But today we have deviated from the original intention of the NEP to achieve unity. For certain parties, NEP has become the cause of disunity because the policy has been misused by some people for profit,”