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How NEP works

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the PM's residence.

One is from MIC , another is from MCA , and the third is from UMNO.

All three go with a PM's House-official to examine the fence.

The MIC contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The MCA contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The UMNO contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the House-official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The UMNO contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from MCA to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how our new NEP works.

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