The Narrowing Disparity Strategic Reform Initiative (SRI) aims to improve Bumiputera representation in market equity, employment, high value-added occupations, and management positions. Under this SRI, policy measures were proposed for Bumiputera transformation programmes to be market-friendly and transparent, with Government support granted on the basis of need and merit.
The SRI follows on from recommendations from the New Economic Model as introduced by the National Economic Advisory Council. Its goals will be achieved through two main thrusts: developing Bumiputera small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and building Bumiputera Corporate Champions.
These efforts are spearheaded by the Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (TERAJU), which was established to drive the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Programme. In order to help Bumiputera companies grow and develop capacities, improve competitiveness, and reduce their reliance on the Government for procurement contracts, TERAJU oversees the following programmes:
- TeraS (High Performing Bumiputera Companies), geared towards increasing Bumiputera participation in the economy.
- Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputera (SJJB), a Government effort introduced in 2007 to provide “last-mile” support to eligible Bumiputera companies for listing on Bursa Malaysia.
TeraS aims to identify a total of 1,100 high-performing Bumiputera companies with potential for growth, and to help them grow beyond the Malaysian market.
Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputera (SJJB)
- Bumiputera Corporate Champions (BCCs) implementing the Vendor Development Programme (VDP), where established corporates mentor and provide business opportunities to smaller firms include: Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd, Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, Ranhill Utilities Sdn Bhd, Petra Resources Sdn Bhd, Encorp Construct Sdn Bhd, Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd, Zecon Water Corporation Sdn Bhd, Stratech, PBJV Group, Selia Selanggara, Ramly Food Processing, Mutiara Motors and Prestariang Systems.
- Four large iconic projects identified under the Carve Out and Compete initiative in 2013 include Menara Warisan Merdeka, Bukit Bintang City Centre, Matrade Exhibition Centre and Sungai Buloh Rubber Research Institute.
- 100 TeraS companies have benefitted from the TeraS fund that was created specifically to assist TeraS companies in securing balancing of financing from financial institutions and boost Bumiputera participation in the country’s economic activities.
This initiative is aimed at paving the way for greater Bumiputera-owned corporate equity.
- Seven companies were listed on Bursa Malaysia – Datasonic Group Bhd, Prestariang Bhd, Century Software Holdings Bhd, Cypark Resources Bhd, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd, Handal Resources Bhd, and Theta Edge Bhd.