Sep 23, 2006

Tun Mahathir dismisses Singapore as a "tiny" country

It's a TINY country, dont be proud!

Extracted from REUTERS
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad on Friday dismissed Singapore as a "tiny" country and said it should mind its own business in a racial row between the neighbours.

Responding to criticism from Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that Malaysia mistreated its ethnic Chinese minority, Mahathir said: "Don't be like that Kuan Yew. You just look after your rice bowl, that is all.

"The country is tiny, don't be too proud," added Mahathir, 81, who ruled Malaysia for 22 years until 2003.

A similar reference about Singapore's geographical size had sparked a storm between Singapore and Indonesia in 1998.

Then-Indonesian President B.J. Habibie referred to Singapore as a "little red dot" in a sea of green -- a reference to the fact the city-state of 4.4. million people is surrounded by Malaysia and Indonesia -- two large, predominantly Muslim countries.

Lee, 83, told a forum in Singapore last week that it was vital for Singapore, a predominantly ethnic Chinese state, to stand up to its bigger neighbours.

Singapore and Malaysia have deep economic ties, but diplomatic relations are often strained. The two countries briefly united as one country in 1963 but separated two years later in a falling out related to racial politics.

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neutralsite said...

What is said by Mr.Lee Kuan Yew is the fact.The Malaysia goverment is praticing double just that Non Bumi in Malaysia can't openly said it out. Even the political party line MCA & Greakan know it, the usual they can't openly critise.they have to just keep silent to protect thier own interest.

Anonymous said...

I agreed too! In Malaysia, not only chinese being maginalised, but the Indian community also face the same. Like what neutralsite said is true, the non-bumi can't speak it out openly, otherwise will detain under ISA. The bumi can enjoy a lot of benefits by the Malaysia government, but not the non-bumi, e.g, 7% discounts to purchase house for every bumi; car can parked everyway and messed up the traffic on every Friday.......... a lot, a lot

This is called double standard, rite?