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Malaysia bodoh, downplay

 

Someone’s finally taken notice of Michael Backman’s article , somewhat.

 

Rafidah plays down Aussie barbs

KUALA LUMPUR: An article in an
Australian newspaper The Age ridiculing Malaysia and calling Malaysia
“bodoh” (stupid) has left International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk
Seri Rafidah Aziz unperturbed.
“What do we care? Obviously, this person doesn’t know Malaysia. He is an
outsider and he can say what he likes. I don’t really care about what others
say – as long as it is not a Malaysian saying it,” she said.

What do we care? Ma’am, as a 20 year old Minister of International Trade and Industry, I’m sure you know that critics
and economics speculators such as Backman do play a role in influencing trade and foreign investors into our country. Unless you’ve gone all numb from criticisms, of course. If you downplay this, I sure hope you have a sure fire plan to deal with the rammifications his articles, and subsequent criticisms, will do to our country. I’m also curious when she said “as long as it is not a Malaysian saying it” because it probably means we can’t say anything anyway.

Source: www.midnitelily.com

Monday, November 20, 2006 - Posted by | Commentary, News

1 Comment »

  1. “It depresses me that Malaysia hasn’t been more successful than it has and that it is still fighting the old fights of the 1960s.” – Michael Backman

    As promised, Bolehnation.com is proud to bring you our exclusive interview with Michael Backman, the Australian author of the much-talked-about “Boleh or Bodoh” article.

    Exclusive Interview with Michael Backman

    1. What was the initial thought that prompted you to write about your “Boleh or Bodoh column”? What was and has been your intention in writing the article?

    Malaysia has good people, good resources and a legal system that ought to function. It depresses me that Malaysia hasn’t been more successful than it has and that it is still fighting the old fights of the 1960s.

    Malaysia’s Chinese have accepted the NEP and its successor policies. They define themselves as Malaysians first and foremost and are among the proudest Malaysians. They have learned Malay. Essentially, they have done everything that has been required of them and yet still there is this endless preoccupation with race in Malaysia….CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

    Comment by Bo Leh Na Tion | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Reply


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