It’s Time To Forget About Dr M

Khoo Kay Peng

The grand old man of Malaysia strikes again! Venting his anger at Najib's decision to liberalize the economy, he claims that non-Malays, and particularly the Chinese, were the real masters of the country.

“Because they (the Malays) are willing to share their country with other races, the race from the older civilisation of more than 4,000 years and who are more successful, as such today whatever they have now is also being taken away from them,” he wrote in what appeared to be a reference to the Chinese community.

Mahathir anticipated that “with this article I am sure to be branded a racist by the non-Malay racists”.

“But if they are willing to accept the truth they can compare the sacrifices of the Malays who are the original owners of this land with their sacrifices for the interests of the country.”

He argued that the way forward for peace and progress was for the distribution of wealth in the country to be fair even if unequal.

I thought only Abdullah was a flip-flop prime minister. But it is proven today that almost all UMNO leaders, including Dr M, were masters of flip-flop. Dr M once said that this government should appreciate the contribution of the Chinese community. This community did not ask for any grant or subsidy from the government.

Many of them worked hard to send their children to overseas for further studies when higher education opportunities were scarce in the country. A great number of small businessmen I know are now facing a daunting financial challenge from the ongoing global economic crisis. Many of them invested their entire life savings into their business, fully aware that they must work extremely hard to help themselves.