A worker pushes empty crates at a fruit market in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP
A worker pushes empty crates at a fruit market in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP
Malaysia

As Malaysia’s bumiputra policy turns 50, citizens debate impact of affirmative action

  • The New Economic Policy is attracting mixed responses about its impact since Malaysia introduced it in 1971 to enrich the lives of ethnic Malays and native groups
  • But five decades on, economic inequality has only deepened, leading even bumiputra beneficiaries to question a policy that experts say is in dire need of reforms

A worker pushes empty crates at a fruit market in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP
A worker pushes empty crates at a fruit market in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP
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