Professional Business Malay Managers
By: Ahmad Syah Ejaz Hj. Ismail
The Malay race is a race of very good administrators. This statement had been proved through the testament of numerous achievements in the period of 52 years of national independence. Through this period of nation buildings, the Malay race had dominated the civil service of Malaysia. As such you can say that the Malays had been managing the country very well disregard of differences arises such as other minority race that dwelled in Malaysia. The achievement mentioned can be seen through the introduction of various well worth economic policy intended to rectify the problems left by the British through their hundred years of divide and rule policy.
Even though the Malays were left quite far behind by other minority race such as the Indians and the Chinese at the early period of nation independence, the essence quality of the Malays to determine what is right or wrong cannot be debated. This can be proved through the confusing and turbulence years of Communist challenge where the Malays were adamant not to be swallowed by the ideas of egalitarian and equality offered by the Communist beliefs despite the fact that they were at the lowest rung of the economic achievement in Malaysia. The Malay police and Armed Forces proved to be the most professional in honouring the responsibilities given to them even by the British Military Command. These were also seen through the public service whereas no one had taken a selfish step to enrich their family and friends despite the fact that the rules and regulations on corruption were dismal during the early period of nation building.
The road to nationhood in the period of the Cold War had proved to be vital for the Malay race. In the early 1970s with the introduction of the New Economic Policy, the Malay race was given a broad opportunity to climb up the ladder of the economic cake through market distortion by the government interference. Although not many Malays had taken an active participation in the policy, the 20 year period of NEP had manage to bring a more stable and an acceptable position for the Malays compared at the period of the early independence.
This crash course of the market system and Capitalism at large managed to bring an active participation for the Malays in the domestic market later on. As such, the Malaysian government had devised a plan which called Malaysia Incorporated in aiming at more participation for the business Malay professionals taken from the government sector to manage and steer the economy through government companies (also known as GLCs). The effort to bring and encourage more business professionals from the government sector mostly Malay administrator had once again proved effective in halving the government expenditure of services and reaping profits for profitable industry such as energy and government resources. This once again had proved that the Malay professional is a good administrator.
Although the record of success are not 100% perfect, but the Malay race can be proud of the track record and they can rubbish any claim or statement done by others saying that the Malays are a lousy business minded. I believe, if the government of the day can devise a more innovative scheme to encourage the best mind of Malay the business professional that can be tap and considered “understudy” in the government sector, Malaysia might achieve the target to be a developed nation by the year 2020. There must be more opportunity offered to the Malay business professional in the government to proved ones worth through GLCs. This success assessment can be done through monthly or yearly report of key performance indexes and should a candidate cannot achieve the target aimed, then he can be remove and replace by other business professional tap from the pool of government servants. Malaysia has many of the so called business Malay professional that can manage a profit oriented companies thus bringing more wealth for Malaysia.