It is well understood that the raw data that is used to compute Malaysia's national statistics have always been subject to the Official Secrets Act.The reasons are obvious, given that statistics are used to determine the implementation of affirmative action plans pursuant to the New Economic Policy (NEP),and to preserve and promote Bumiputera rights.
Now it seems that data is being provided a foreign company in an attempt to win votes. The problem here is obvious; data can be used in any way that those with access to that data determine. It can be sold to any foreign power interested in undermining the country by attacking the NEP.It could be used to discredit affirmative action policies and special privileges. The motives are endless, for such is the nature of raw data; a fact well understood from the time the data was collected, and kept under tight controls.
Now, read on: