Malay Contractors

I find it interesting that companies have race too in Malaysia. While there is officially a classification of bumiputra contractors by the government, this is the first time that I found out that there are such things as ‘Malay’ contractors. According to TheStar, Penang’s Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, said that, “of 66 state government projects in the past two years, 44 projects worth RM68mil were given to Malay contractors.”.

I’m not trying to be pedantic here but, I wonder if he used the accurate term for it. If they are actually bumiputra contractors classified by the government, he should just use the appropriate term. I have never heard of a ‘Malay’ contractor. Of course, I could very well be wrong about this since I am not directly involved with such things. I wonder if we will ever get Chinese contractors or Indian contractors too. Actually, I think we do and they are all foreign companies!

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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