Economist Dr Lim Teck Ghee stands by findings and says he cannot accept backdown by Asli president, Mirzan Mahathir.
“It is the fundamental right of the Malaysian public to question all government statistics and policies, more so when these are not transparent or defensible,” he said.
Dr Lim said he could not accept the ASLI president's (Mizan Mahathir) backdown over the issue. Mizan Mahathir had stated publicly that the methodology used to base the findings had been flawed.
“I think it is better for people to do things based on principle rather than on any other agenda,” he said.
**The Karipanas Crew regrets to inform you that we cannot find any humor in this news report. According to our in-house experts this is due to the fact that it is "too damn respectable".
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
KUALA LUMPUR-The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) has issued a public statement admitting that the recent survey conducted by this prominent think-tank on Bumiputera equity ownership may have been flawed.
This report strikes a sensitive nerve in Malaysian society as the New Economic Policy was constructed to achieve 30% Bumiputera equity ownership, igniting a public debate on whether affirmative action measures should desist after reaching its target.
ASLI president Mirzan Mahathir stated that its conclusions; namely that Bumiputera equity ownership in public listed companies are at 45 percent, cannot be "vigorously justified".
"Asli deeply regrets the hurt and confusion felt by all Malaysians caused by the center's report."
Despite his obvious sincerity and commitment to the nations interest many Malaysians have been lethargic in responding to his public apology. Only a smattering few have responded via sms saying "Its okay,' and a desolate number of one saying "I forgive you."
In a survey conducted by our in-house think-tank on whether Malaysians will ever truly forgive ASLI for this erroneous report;
42 percent say: Maybe, time will tell.
36 percent say: No, its over between us.
234 percent say: what report?
71 percent say: Give me that banana.
(survey participants: one orangutan with multiple personalities.)
*The karipanas crew would like to state that our conclusions cannot be vigorously justified. We would like to apologize for any pain suffered by Malaysians as a result of this report.
as reported by Edie J.