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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    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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    The UMNO will protest if Malay priveleges are in any way lessened. If Najib is not able to resist these demands from his own party, he will be in difficulty. For continued Malay privilege is inconsistent with the demands of the Chinese and Indian parties in the governing coalition for their own respective ethnic rights.
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    Thanks, Abaka.

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