Unit to develop Bumis needed
KUALA LUMPUR: There is an urgent need to establish the Bumiputera Development Unit (BPU) in every ministry to support the Bumiputera economic development, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
He said the establishment of the BPU will benefit Malaysia as a whole, including the construction sector.
"(This benefits) not only the Malays but also Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak.
"Everyone will benefit because it will create a balanced development for Malaysians," he said after officiating at the annual general meeting of Bumiputera Contractor Class F Association.
Ahmad said as Bumiputeras make up nearly 70 per cent of Malaysia's 28 million population, the development agenda will benefit future generations.
"We are the majority and if the government assists the majority, others will also benefit. We need to be proactive in forming the BPU as Bumiputeras had been left behind for the past 50 years," he added.
Ahmad said the Economic Planning Unit headed by Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar and the Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju) will detail BPU's organisational structure, while the upcoming 2014 Budget will take into account the allocation for the unit.