Chinese Malaysians had achieved significant success only because the government had provided opportunities to do so
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Extracted from MalaysiaKini
Many of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticisms of the present government were largely irrelevant, said his handpicked successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today.
However, he said Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticisms were never ignored, and necessary adjustments were made if they were relevant, reported Bernama.
“And some, I can’t accept,” he said, adding that most people were uncomfortable with Mahathir’s criticisms.
His highly anticipated interview with Anjali Rao in the TalkAsia programme aired early this morning on Cable News Network (CNN).
Abdullah also brushed off suggestions that he was dismantling Mahathir’s legacy by cancelling several ‘mega-projects’ such as the controversial new bridge from Johor to Singapore.
“Not everything he put in place. No. Vision 2020, his biggest achievement, that's my target too. That we share, I share the vision. I have developed what I call a national mission. The mission is very big in order to achieve that vision,” he added.
On whether he had committed ‘political suicide’ by being relatively unresponsive to Mahathir’s unrelented criticism, Abdullah said he kept quiet because he had better things to do.
“No, no, no, I don't think it's a political suicide. He has been saying a lot of things, and I've decided to keep quiet and to go on doing what I want to do,
“And the people want me to do what I want to do. And I have and I still command majority support today,” said Abdullah.
Quizzed on whether Malaysia would be what it is today without Mahathir's style of governance, Abdullah said his former boss turned fiercest critic had made considerable success for the nation.
“We are proud of his achievements. That’s a fact,” he said.
Kuan Yew’s remark ‘groundless’
On Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s allegations that Chinese Malaysians were ‘systematically marginalised’, Abdullah said it was a baseless allegation.
“Yes, it's groundless. And it is an issue that can cause unhappiness to many people. Why? Some may even regard it as tantamount to interfering with what we are doing,
“The Chinese in Malaysia are doing well. They are better off than the indigenous people, than the Malays,” he said.
Abdullah said Chinese Malaysians had achieved significant success only because the government had provided opportunities to do so.
Meanwhile, Mahathir, in an interview to be aired on Monday on Bloomberg TV - which is available on local satellite TV station Astro - has attacked Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for endangering economic growth.
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