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.
If Chinese were the real masters, we would not have so many 'Malay-dominated institutions' (as claimed by Berita Harian) and we do not need to continue begging for places in the local universities or study grants/scholarships. The vernacular schools would have been flushed with money to continue upgrading their worn out and over stretched facilities due to high density.
I am afraid Dr M is referring to some Chinese as the masters of this country. But some of these masters were your cronies. You made them rich and powerful and gave them public contracts to help them to get where they are today. Some of them had helped you to even pick the right judges to hire and fire. The rest of us, Chinese, are just struggling to make ends meet. How can we be your masters?
The rest of us dare not even raise our voice or react when abused and physically assaulted by officers from your 'Malay-dominated institutions'.
Let me tell you the truth why many Chinese, Indians and Malays were able to find a common ground in their political struggle today. It is because they now realize that the 50% wealth equity is in the hands of a selected few and not in the hands of most Chinese.
Yes, I support your call for a fairer distribution of wealth. Can we start with your super rich sons? If no, please do not tell us to take you seriously. If no, tell me why I should not call you a racist and an out-of-touch leader of the ruling elite. This oppressive government should thank you for teaching them how to oppress to stay in power. The rest of us hope that you will just fade away.
We are not the real masters. If we were, you would have been hauled up to answer to the many abuses and mismanagement of this country.