Tuesday June 9, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA has criticised PAS Youth for condemning the Government’s decision to remove the 30% bumiputra equity from 27 service sub-sectors.
The wing’s chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the move was in compliance with requirements of the Asean Economic Community and the World Trade Organisation of which Malaysia was a member.
“Any race-based policies and restrictions can impede free trade, thus discouraging local and foreign investments,” she said in a statement yesterday.
Chew was responding to PAS Youth delegate Ahmad Sabki Yusof who, during the party’s 55th Muktamar, said that the Government should not remove the 30% bumiputra quota for the sub-sectors.
Chew said PAS Youth should accept liberalisation as a means of boosting economic competitiveness.
Gerakan vice-president Datuk Mah Siew Kong also rapped PAS Youth for calling on the Government to reverse its decision on the liberalisation of the 27 service sub-sectors.
He said the move taken by the Government was to ensure that the country remained competitive and to attract foreign investments to spur economic recovery.
“I am shocked and repulsed by the hypocrisy of PAS and Pakatan Rakyat. On one hand we have Lim Kit Siang (DAP adviser) lauding the decision and the other hand PAS is calling it a step backward. I am asking what is happening in PR,” he said in a statement.
Mah, who is also Gerakan Central Economic Bureau chairman, said this showed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Ketuanan Rakyat agenda stops at the door of PAS.
He described it as a great deception perpetrated against the people and urged everyone to collectively repudiate divide-and-rule politics.