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COMMENT | The way forward on Article 153

COMMENT | Controversy has once again erupted over Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, this time brought to attention by the Johor Indian Business Association (Jiba).

The association had urged the government to provide business opportunities to all companies, not just bumiputera companies.

This statement was in response to the latest policy tweak of approved permits policy related to vehicle importation and sale.

In his appeal, Jiba president P Sivakumar said that “[t]he government must show a level playing field and ensure fair play by opening up the sector to non-bumiputera companies.”

This plea for fair play is not a new one. It has been constant and unceasing in education, trade, business, and employment where Article 153 has been in operation.

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