As Malaysia mulls its post-Covid future, it has a small window to achieve a more humane, progressive and efficient labour system.
The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 remains high on placebo promises but short on policy specifics. It is seemingly oblivious to its overlaps, misalignments and incoherence.
Malaysia needs a new narrative, of equality, justice and pursuing fair distribution and broad participation, especially on pro-Malay policies. PH now has the time and impetus to thrash this out.
The ruling coalition’s is trying to balance its emphasis on Bumiputra development while establishing ‘decent living for all’ as a goal.
A year on, the administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has had some successes while also struggling to meet some of its pre-election promises. Here is how it has performed, and what it has left to do, writes Lee Hwok-Aun.
Discriminatory programmes may be an obstacle to self reliance for ethnic Malays, but they are also massive and colossally difficult to dismantle.