Published on: February 11, 2010 at 01:30 AM
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has described a regional political risk consultancy report which said Malaysia was veering towards instability as “nonsensical”.
Muhyiddin said that the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) must be “talking through their nose”.
“I don’t think we need to react to all these nonsensical reports coming from those who know nothing about the country.
“Maybe those guys are sitting at a table somewhere in a remote corner of Hong Kong.
“They have to come here and we will be happy to bring them down here and see what is stability, what is security, what is war, what is trouble,” he told reporters today after a function at Felda headquarters
Ok we Malaysians can be numbed to the occassional idiotic Wakil Rakyats like Bung Mokhtar, Ibrahim Ali who really come up with insults of intelligence, but the above statement comes from the Deputy Prime Minister cum Education Minister. He is suppose to the the one in charge if the Prime Minister is incapitated or not in Malaysia. He is also suppose to be heading the education system in Malaysia.
Fine, going back to Barisan Nasional having the experience and whatever, it is interesting to note that the DPM's background included the following:
ANGGOTA PENTADIRAN KERAJAAN / JOHOR DAN PERSEKUTUAN:
1. Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Luar Negeri (Mulai Julai 1981).
2. Timbalan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan (Mulai Mei 1982).
3. Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan dan Perindustrian (Mulai Jun 1983).
4. Menteri Besar Johor (Mulai 13 Ogos 1986 hingga 6 Mei 1995).
5. Menteri Belia dan Sukan (Mulai 7 Mei 1995 hingga 13 Disember 1999).
6. Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal-Ehwal Pengguna(Mulai 14 Disember 1999 hingga 12 Januari 2004).
7. Menteri Pertanian (Mulai 13 Januari 2004 hingga 21 Mac 2004).
8. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani 22 Mac 2004 hingga 2008).
9. Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri(Mulai 19 Mac 2008 hingga sekarang).
The ones I highlight in bold suggested that he should have experience in commercial, industry, finance, investors and international relationships. He should be a well-groomed, with loads of experience gained from office paid by the tax payers of Malaysia.
He has a moral and professional responsibility to utilise his experience and his position to make life better for Malaysians and I fail to see how dismissing international opinion can serve Malaysians' purpose.
Most commonfolks can utter the sentence that "cusotmer is always right" and whether he agrees or disagree with PERC , what is important is how the international community evaluate the report.
If the rakyat feeding him have to put up with daily conflicts and human relationship issues while making ends meet and paying taxes, what is so special about Muhyddin that he can be arrogant enough to offend people that could help create jobs and employment opportunities in Malaysia?
The DPM, secured in his source of livelihood, now has his words back to haunt Malaysians in general with these 2 famous statistic now.
While FDI in whole of SEA has dropped, Malaysia's >80% decline suggest the decrease is not only due to cyclical reasons. We account for less than 5% of the total share in SEA and we lost out to Indonesia and Thailand by more than 4 and 5 times respectively.
We have the better grasp of English, a more investor friendly set of investments rules and tax legislation compared to those 2, longer tradition of opening up our shores for large scale modern international business and under the Najib/Muhyddin administration, our track record has regressed significantly and is here for all to see.
Mahatirism with its controlled press and strangulation of dissent has given birth to generations of politicans incapable of responding to intellectual challenge and a fallacy now that international press can be ridiculed and dismissed as easily as local sources. Look at the recent actions against Roket, Suara KeAdilan and Harakah
"People First and Performance Now" sounds extremely hollow and akin to rallying call of a used car salesman.
With the price increase thrown in? Undilah Kerajaaan Barisan Nasional