Source: thesSun's frontpage 26th October, 2006
In case you are amnesiac, this is what was said last Monday:
The economy is bad. I know because a lot of Chinese business people are very unhappy. I have told Pak Lah that some of them have said they will not vote for Barisan Nasional at the next election
And here's the Eunuch leader speaking:
Ong: Don't drag in Chinese traders
by Kong See Hoh
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting says Chinese businessmen should not be dragged into the spat between Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
It is unfair to the businessmen, he said.
"We are convinced that the Chinese businessmen in Malaysia will continue to seek investment opportunities within the country and play a positive role in its economic development as they are responsible. We hope they are not dragged into the endless bickering," Ong was quoted as saying in a report in Oriental Daily News yesterday.
"We do not want to see the Chinese businessmen being dragged into the row ... we want to be fair to them."
He said that with globalisation, it is normal for the Malaysian Chinese to seek business opportunities abroad and this should not be seen as a negative development.
Ong said whatever problems they face, they would always raise them with the government through the proper forums.
"In the past, MCA and Chinese groups have discussed a lot on problems related to the economy with the cabinet, the prime minister and the ministers concerned," he said with reference to Mahathir's remark that the Chinese businessmen are unhappy with the economy.
Ong spoke to reporters while attending a Hari Raya open house hosted by the prime minister and the Muslim cabinet ministers at Putra World Trade Centre on Tuesday.
Mahathir was reported to have told a press conference on Monday, a day after his meeting with Abdullah: "The economy is bad. I know because a lot of Chinese business people are very unhappy. I told Pak Lah some of them have said they will not vote for Barisan Nasional at the next elections.
"And some of them said today they prefer to go to China to do business because there are more opportunities in China than there are in Malaysia because they don't find it easy to do business in Malaysia."
Mahathir's remarks also drew flak from Chinese community leaders who said the Chinese businessmen who venture overseas do so purely out of commercial interest and it is not a recent phenomenon as the Mahathir administration back then had encouraged Malaysian businessmen to invest abroad.
Hua Zong (Federation of Chinese Associations in Malaysia) president Datuk Seri Lim Gait Tong said it is also good for the country that Malaysians are venturing overseas as "this will enlarge the economic pie".
As for Mahathir's remark that Chinese businessmen are unhappy with the economy and some of them would not vote for Barisan Nasional in the next general election, Lim said different people may hold different views but "this is not what the Chinese would think".
Seven Major Clans Association president Datuk Ng Teck Fong said there is a slack in the economy and all people, not only the Chinese businessmen, are affected.
He said there is nothing wrong with investing in China, or where the business is, and bringing back the money. "It is not fair to only say the Chinese businessmen are not happy with the economy," he said.
Now only he knew that the Chinese are bogeymen?