Talk:Mahathir bin Mohamad

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  • "Exploit us, but exploit us fairly." - Speech to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Oct. 20, 2003.
  • "We (Muslims) are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." - Oct. 16, 2003, in speech to a summit of 57 Islamic countries.
  • "We must not antagonise everyone. We must win their hearts and minds. We must win them to our side, not by begging for help from them, but by the honorable way that we struggle to help ourselves. We must not strengthen the enemy by pushing everyone into their camps through irresponsible and unIslamic acts." - from the same speech.
  • "The Sept. 11 attack on America, which supported Israel, has made an excuse for the Anglo-Saxon Europeans to return to their old violent ways. Their strategy to fight terrorism is through attacking Muslim countries and Muslims, whether they are guilty or not." - June 19, 2003, speech.
  • "If the innocent people who died in the attack on Afghanistan, and those who have been dying from lack of food and medical care in Iraq, are considered collaterals, are not the 3,000 who died in New York and the 200 in Bali also just collaterals, whose deaths are necessary for the operations to succeed?" - Feb. 24, 2003, speech to the Non-Aligned Movement of developing nations.
  • "There were times when I was elated with what I thought was my success. But mostly I feel disappointed, because I achieved too little result from my principal task, the task of making my race a race that is respected, a race that is honorable, a race that is highly regarded." - June 21, 2002, speech, three days before announcing plans to retire.
  • "It is good governance by good people that we need. And feudal kings, even dictators, have provided and can provide good governance." - April 26, 2002, speech.
  • "Armed attacks or other forms of attack against civilians must be regarded as acts of terror and the perpetrators regarded as terrorists. ... And anyone supporting them must be considered as terrorists." - April 1, 2002, speech urging Muslim leaders to include Palestinian suicide bombings in definition of terrorism.
  • "We may suspect that they, the Jews, have an agenda, but we do not want to accuse. And incidentally, we are Muslims, and the Jews are not happy to see the Muslims progress." - Oct. 10, 1997, speech during Asian financial crisis.
  • "We are told that we must open up, that trade and commerce must be totally free. Free for whom? For rogue speculators. For anarchists wanting to destroy weak countries in their crusade for open societies, to force us to submit to the dictatorship of international manipulators." - July 1997 speech.

On Bumiputras[edit]

  • We have tried to tell them if you depend on subsidies, you are going to be very weak. But they don’t seem to understand. We tell them if you use crutches, you will not be able to stand up. Throw away the crutches, stand up straight because you still have the capacity.
  • I have talked about this thing and as a doctor I know very well the meaning of crutches but somehow or rather they want the easy way out. If I get an AP and I sell it and make some money, it’s all right, they say.
  • The great debacle was the computer labs. We tried to help as many people as possible because we were accused of giving things to only a selected few. But every one of them sold their contracts. Sold and sold and sold until finally the last man could not sell and had to do the work. He then found he would make terrible losses and so he tried to cut corners, used bad materials and the labs collapsed.
  • They know it, they see it right before their eyes but they learn nothing. Next time they will do it again.
  • Why is this only happening to Malay graduates and not Chinese graduates? The reason is probably the Chinese graduates choose the right subjects so they are employable. We find that the Malay graduates, especially those from the Malay stream, can’t speak English at all. No matter how much value you put on a certificate, the fact remains that an employer wants somebody with whom he can communicate. The employer is not Malay, he is a foreigner. And if he’s not going to be able to communicate with you, he will not take you.
  • There is also attitude. There are some who start off by demanding good pay. Obviously, if you ask how much even before he has decided to take you, he won’t think you have the right attitude for the job. So there are many reasons why the Malay graduates are not being employed.
  • I remember we got companies to hire unemployed Malay graduates and pay them RM400 each. But when they got the job, they refused to do anything because it was not their line and they didn’t want to learn. They were just marking time, waiting for the kind of job they were interested in. Obviously, these people do not have the right attitude towards work.
  • You (the media) should do a survey. Ask them why they are unemployed; have they ever received any offer; did they make an application, did they apply only for jobs they were qualified for or for other jobs; are they prepared to accept lower pay? Some kind of survey should be carried out, then we will know the real reasons.