Affirmative action still largely race-based, says study

Low Han Shaun

A woman waking past an Umno billboard during the Umno general assembly on December 8. A Singaporean research centre says much of Malaysia's affirmative action policies are still race-based. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 13, 2017.

MALAYSIA’S affirmative action policies continue to be based on ethnicity rather than need despite the government’s pledge to move to a more merit-based selection criteria, according to a recent study from a Singapore research centre.

Lee Hwok Aun from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Iseas) said areas such as access to higher education, employment and enterprise development remain based on race, rather than merit.

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  • With reference to the last paragraph ........ with due respect, sir, you are just an academic ... NOT a scholar of human nature ...... In truth, no one, given preferences, will surrender them voluntarily .... ever!!

    Posted 4 years ago by Malaysian First

  • In this ultra competitive globalized world, Malaysia will keep on sliding downhill if the meritorious are not rewarded since they can always find recognition elsewhere ....... the recent widely seen example .... the CEO of Broadcom.

    Posted 4 years ago by Malaysian First