Dr M faces flak over Oman ad­vice

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lead­ers hit out at Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad for call­ing on Oman to open up to for­eign in­vest­ment deals.

He said this de­spite hav­ing slammed Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak for bring­ing in a record sum of for­eign firect in­vest­ment af­ter his trip to China last year.

Ger­akan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang, who drew on the former prime min­is­ter’s ad­vice to Oman at the Duqm So­ci­ety and Econ­omy Fo­rum, which was re­ported in the Times of Oman two days ago, stressed Dr Ma­hathir should main­tain the same ad­vice for Malaysia.

“If for­eign in­vest­ment is good for Oman, then why not for Malaysia? I think Dr M should be con­sis­tent when giv­ing ad­vice,” he said.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia chair­man, had re­peat­edly said that the multi-bil­lion dol­lar deals inked by Na­jib with Chi­nese com­pa­nies dur­ing his visit to China last year was a threat to Malaysia’s sovereignty.

This, among oth­ers, in­cludes the RM55 bil­lion East Coast Rail­way Link (ECRL) with a Chi­nese com­pany.

MIC trea­surer-gen­eral Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari also could not un­der­stand why Dr Ma­hathir was say­ing one thing to Malaysians and singing a dif­fer­ent tune to Oman.

“He also knows that with ev­ery FDI re­ceived by Malaysia, it shows that in­vestors across the world are con­fi­dent with our econ­omy and Na­jib’s lead­er­ship of the coun­try.”

Vell Paari said that this fur­ther proves that Dr Ma­hathir had made his ear­lier state­ments to dis­rupt the gov­ern­ment and in­flu­ence the peo­ple by say­ing FDIs were harm­ful.

“He has no op­tion. He is hop­ing that by ly­ing to the rakyat by say­ing FDIs are bad, they will not vote Barisan Na­sional in the com­ing elec­tions,” he said.

MCA Re­li­gious Har­mony Bu­reau chair Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker how­ever took the mat­ter lightly by say­ing the state­ment was made in clas­sic Dr Ma­hathir style.

“He is a very in­tel­li­gent man and is able to tai­lor facts to his au­di­ence. He is very se­lec­tive of facts and does not speak much on them. His ar­gu­ments are of­ten para­dox­i­cal.

“This state­ment is clas­sic Dr M. To­day, he will say some­thing to win one crowd and to­mor­row he will say the op­po­site. He is play­ing to the gallery and in this case, his po­lit­i­cal end jus­ti­fies his means.”

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