Malaysia's new pro-Malay measures anger minorities
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The Malaysian government's new measures to benefit the Malay majority are angering the multi-ethnic nation's other races and raising fears they could accelerate a "brain drain" of talent heading overseas.
Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged in 2010, shortly after taking office, to reform controversial decades-old affirmative-action policies for Muslim Malays, seeking to halt a flood of minority voters to the opposition.
But he reversed course this month with a slate of new perks to placate conservatives in his Malay ruling party who are upset over a weakened mandate he won in May elections in which minorities continued to snub Mr Najib.
The move has angered non-Malays who complain of second-class status and led to accusations that Mr Najib reneged on a promise of racial inclusiveness.