Well Said Tan Sri but it's too late and "your people" have been sitting pretty under the shield of being Bumiputera and shaking legs in Chinese companies while earning millions! Enuf Said!
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today lauded the Chinese business community for being significant contributors to Malaysia growth.
“For a long time, our local Chinese businessmen have been our main domestic investors and it woud be safe to say that without them, Malaysia wouldn’t be where it is today,” he said, to applause.
Speaking at the Third World Chinese Economic Forum in Serdang, Muhyiddin urged the community now to link arms with the bumiputera community for the nation’s future.
He said the community should also support the government-linked companies who have “increasingly over the last 10 years or so (have made) more and more domestic investments”.“I call upon the Malaysian Chinese business community to continue to be our partners in development, invest in our economy and join forces with both GLCs and bumiputera businessmen to play your part in the next stage of development,” he said.
Commenting on this at a conference later, MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek said that the government should give priority to “genuine sino-bumiputera partnerships”. “When the government tenders projects, genuine sino-bumiputera partnerships must be given an advantage, as this will promote genuine partnership and no Ali Baba companies,” he said.
‘Vernacular education helps economy’ In his opening speech earlier, Chua argued that vernacular education, particular in Mandarin, will play a major role in growing the economy. Speaking at the Third World Chinese Economic Forum, Chua said that this is due to the emergence of China as a world economic superpower.
“Emphasising mother tongue education is not just for cultural reasons. It is also because of its immense economic potential that comes with it. “For us to embark on more collaborations with (Chinese-speaking nations) we need to encourage Malaysians to be multi-lingual in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin,” he said.
Elaborating at the press conference, he added that the study of languages should not be looked at from a racial or political aspect. “When I speak in English does it mean that I am pro-Mat Salleh?
“All three languages are important to enable us to acquire more knowledge; no race should be monolingual,” he said.
He said Malaysia’s trade with Chinese-speaking countries now accounts for 20 percent of its total trade of about US$2.5 trillion per annum, while trade with China alone last year was US$75 billion.