Tun Mahathir is showing his gratitude towards the Chinese community in Malaysia for their tremendous contribution to the growth of Malaysia.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad pauses as he delivers a speech during a book launching ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Mahathir announced plans Tuesday to call for a gathering of ruling party members to explain his unhappiness over his successor's policies, claiming he was being deprived of opportunities to speak his mind. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
"I know the Malays may not want to hear this, but the Chinese have contributed tremendously to the growth of the nation. The dynamism in Malaysia is largely due to the Chinese. They are hardworking, skilful and diligent people," he said today.
Mahathir was speaking at the launch of ‘The Chinese Malaysian Contribution’, a book recounting this community’s role in the development of Malaysia.
“This (the book) is a good initiative. We must always record history...otherwise later on, people will have to (conduct) research and it might not be very accurate. I have read parts of the book myself, and I do hope Malaysians too will read it,” Mahathir said.
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