SHAH ALAM: Malaysians can emulate China’s citizens who helped make their country technologically advanced in just a few short decades, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said last night.
Dr Mahathir said China is now far ahead of Malaysia in terms of new technology.
“You must remember that not so very long ago, that China was a developing country with very poor capacity to produce anything.
“But because they are very hardworking, they want to develop their country, as soon as the government allows them, they very quickly master all the new technologies,” he said during a late-night question-and-answer session at the “Rise of the Asian Tiger convention here at University Technology Mara (UiTM).
“Today, they can send a satellite to the moon. I saw their fighter planes flying in formation perfectly, they can build their own fighter planes. Why?
“They were behind us before, but now they are ahead of us.
“The reason is they chased after this objective to be a fully-developed country, a rich country which nobody can threaten or look down upon. So we can do the same if we follow China,” Dr Mahathir added.
He said Malaysia has the potential to succeed too, using the example of how a Chinese company had partnered local carmaker Proton to produce the popular SUV X70.
“So we can do, but we don’t want to do it but if we have the correct culture, we will pursue knowledge and expertise until we can master it by putting in effort repeatedly,” he said.