Aug 18, 2006

Guan Eng: DrM-Pak Lah spat does not benefit M'sians

"I think the fight will only be benefiting 'orang atasan' (top guns). Ordinary people have not gained anything"

** Link : Bloomberg - Mahathir Puts Malaysia Back on the (Wrong) Map

Extracted from The Sun

PETALING JAYA: The spat between former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has not served the interest of Malaysians.

"Instead of asking who will win the battle, Malaysians should ask what is it (the spat) for Malaysians?" said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

In a talk titled "Dr M-Pak Lah spat - What went wrong?" held in the DAP headquarters last night (Aug 16, 2006), Lim asked whether the two heavyweight politicians are fighting for the interest of the nation.

"I think the fight will only be benefiting 'orang atasan' (top guns). Ordinary people have not gained anything," he told some 30 party members and supporters.

He noted that the other national interest issues such as fighting rampant corruption have been overshadowed by the tussle.

"Although it's interesting to read all of their statements in the media, we should not forget whether the reports have benefited Malaysians?" he reiterated.

He said the power struggle in Umno is the best opportunity to tell people if there is a need for change.

Citing a football match between the national team and South Korea in the early 80s which Malaysia won, he said the socio-economic development in Malaysia akin of its football development, has lagged South Korea.

"Today we are just watching South Korea playing in the World Cup match. South Korea has developed far more than Malaysia," he said.

He attributed the lack of competitiveness as the "failure" of public policies, such as the New Economic Policy.


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