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?
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.