SHAH ALAM: The Malays and Bumiputeras may have political power but they are the poorest in the country, pointed out Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“In our own country, we (Malays and Bumiputeras) have retreated far from conurbations and many of us are from poor families.
“Yes, today we are powerful politically and with this power, we can extend a little assistance to the Malays and Bumiputeras, think about it… but if we do not have political power and we are not given special privileges it will mean that we will be poorer than we are now,” he was quoted saying by Bernama when opening the Bumiputera Education and Entrepreneurship Carnival 2018 at Dewan Agung Tuanku Canselor, UiTM here tonight.
Despite living in their own country and being given assistance, the Malays and Bumiputeras are still lagging behind, he added.
“We see foreigners who came to settle in our country becoming more progressive as they laboured, worked hard, they studied in various fields and were educated. We find that they are now controlling our country’s economy, what is the reason?
“Are the Malays stupid? I do not believe so as they have the same abilities as others but intelligence alone without effort will not produce success. We are competent, we are smart, we are good but if there is no effort, we will not succeed.
“If we realise we are lagging behind and are embarrassed as to why we are left behind in our own country then we should try to endeavour to make ourselves successful like other people. If we are behind, we have to run faster than the people in front,” he said.