meaning of second paragraph

Reply Sun 18 Jan, 2009 10:55 am
Hi fellow members

Could someone please explain to me what the second paragraph is talking about? Many thanks in advance.

Najib, who is standing unopposed in UMNO polls, had promised to enact reforms such as loosening preferential ownership for ethnic Malays to help the economy which has lost foreign investment to neighbours such as Thailand in recent years.

He may now face a backlash from UMNO against any dilution of Malay rights which means he will not be able to accommodate demands for greater rights from politicians in ethnic Chinese and Indian parties in the governing coalition.

"The bigger picture is not about Najib's personality but that the ruling coalition's brand of multiracialism is just not attractive any longer because its communalist roots has angered many," said Ooi Kee Beng, fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore.
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Robert Gentel
Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 01:18 am
Sure, but first a little background in case you aren't familiar (if you are, I aplogize):


In Malaysia, there are regulations that give preferential treatment to ethnic Malays. This makes Malaysia unattractive to foreign businesses and foreign investment and the article says that Malaysia has lost foreign investment because of it. Ethnic Chinese in Malaysia are opposed to it, and Najib is caught between pressure from non-Malay parties to change those regulations and his own party that does not want to.

Najib promised to undo some of these restrictions, and is facing a backlash, which means a "negative reaction" to those promises from his own party. Because of this, he may not be able to fulfill his promises and accommodate the parties that are in favor of such changes.

Does that make it any clearer?
Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 02:33 am
@Robert Gentel,
Thanks, Robert

It is clearer now.
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