KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 (Bernama)-- Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday night the Malays must adopt noble values such as patience, sincerity, honesty, diligence, sticking to principles and willingness to face challenges.
The Prime Minister said these noble values could develop the nation and the Malays themselves.
These values must always be instilled among the Malays, he said at the Independent Malays Gathering organised by the Young Malays Secretariat at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here.
About 1,200 Malays comprising professionals, undergdaduates and school students attended the gathering.
"If we are willing to struggle first only then will Allah fulfil our prayers," he said.
Dr Mahathir said the Malays must understand that to succeed they must first work hard.
Great patience, strong knowledge and strict discipline were needed in order for the Malays to succeed, he said.
He said that for the Malays to be successful, they must train themselves to seek knowledge, make repeated attempts, and not to despair easily.
"The failure of the New Economic Policy (NEP) among the Malays is because they like to take the easy way out by selling their shares, contracts, APs (Approval Permits) which are given to them," he said.
Bumiputeras only achieved 19 per cent of the 30 per cent targeted for the Malays under the NEP, even then, it was because there were Bumiputera institutions which kept the shares for them.