Malaysia bodoh, downplay
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.