Rich accomplishment

In his keynote address at today’s “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference in Kuala Lumpur, the prime minister took pride in what he saw as BN’s achievement in helping to create billionaires.

What was left unsaid here (at least from what was reported) is that these super-rich people emerge out of a social context where social inequalities have spiked over the years, an indictment of the failure of the federal government’s policies to improve the welfare of the not-so-fortunate fellow Malaysians across the country. As we know, such inequalities exist within and between ethnic groups in urban and rural areas.

Shouldn’t the BN folks instead be proud of policies that would uplift the socio-economic status of thousands of needy Malaysians, including ethnic Chinese? Shouldn’t the stark contrast between the poor and these super-rich be considered vulgar and embarrassing?

Malaysiakini reports:

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said that the country’s billionaires are where they are today because of of the BN government’s concessions.

“The list of Malaysian billionaires, I studied each and everyone of them, there are some in this room today.

“Everyone of them became rich because of our policies, either directly or indirectly,” Najib said in his keynote speech at the “Malaysian Chinese at the Political Crossroads” conference.


2 Responses to “Rich accomplishment”

  1. 1 joetanoz 19 February 2012 at 5:39 am

    To the current PM. Yes, directly or indirectly, a handful of Malays, Chinese and Indians in Malaysia have become billionaires. To become one, one must have the connections and also the ABILITY!! And something called a BRAIN! It’s no point giving away millions and HOPE some of them can become successful. However, what about the rest of us ordinary rakyat who have been sidelined? Do not forget WE are the ones who put all politicians in the positions all of you are in today. What is fair in Malaysia in terms of education, buying houses, cars, shares, Government employment, doing business, development of “new villages’, religion, citizenship etc etc for the not haves and the non Malays re:pendatangs? Give us ONE good reason why the BN deserves ANOTHER term? Blind loyalty in return for promises of wealth at the expense of the ordinary rakyat is simply that – BLIND! Blinded by wealth and position to see the growing abyss between the mega-rich and the ordinary folk. Talk is very cheap. Just wait to do your time on the opposition bench in Parliament BN.

  2. 2 najib manaukau 19 February 2012 at 8:25 am

    Robert Kuok did not become the richest man in Malaysia because of Umno’s policies; he became the richest man without any hand-outs from him or his kind.
    He became rich because of his business acumen and not because of NEP (Never Enough Policy), and neither was he given the wealth by his father just like the shenanigan Mahathir who literally took the taxpayers’ money to help his son.

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