Sunday, June 15, 2008

Iskandar Malaysia Development Can Cause Malays To Be Sidelined, Says Dr Mahathir

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad again charged that the development of Iskandar Malaysia in south Johor bordering Singapore, would not only turn the 2,217sq km area into 'Singapore North' but could also cause Malays in Johor to be sidelined.

"The residents there will be quite rich and they will be from Singapore. In the end, there will no be more Malays there because they will not be able to buy land (due to high prices) and when the outsiders are too many, they will start asking for this and that right," Dr Mahathir said in a dialogue session here Saturday.

In that regard, he reminded Malays in the development corridor to not easily sell their land when offered very high prices by certain quarters.

The corridor that was also known as the South Johor Economic Region (SJER) was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on July 30, 2006.

Its name was changed to Iskandar Development Region on Nov 4, 2006 in line with the name of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar, before it was again changed to Iskandar Malaysia on April 11 this year.

More than RM47 billion is needed to develop the area as the largest growth centre in the region until 2025.

The total development area is said to be about 2 1/2 times the size of Singapore when fully completed with Khazanah Nasional Berhad as the primary driver of this development vision. (Bernama)

***** Dr Mahathir is increasingly becoming synonymous with scaremongering, a devious tactic he had not only mastered but had used to perfection during his twenty-plus-year rule of the country. But that cunning strategy will not pay him dividends at this point in time although he so desperately hopes it would. And to that end he is prepared to use every dirty trick in the book to get his way.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He can't just let go can he? Can't help but wonder if his spirit will also come back to haunt Putra Jaya after he's dead. If he does, I hope he spend a bit more wandering on the fourth floor.

5:08 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suharto also used the spectre of East Timur becoming a base for the subversion of Indonesia as reason for his invasion in 1975. Such devious bastards should be hanged, the sooner the better

7:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mahathir bugger is trying to divert attention from the many shits he created during his premiership which are surfacing now.

9:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his great buddy is prepared to go to war to retain power in the name of "black supremacy". everyone else is a threat to the nation. great job done with 4 million refugees now camping in other african countries, 165,000% inflation rate and umemployment rate of 80% (if the above refugees are included, this goes up to more than 90%). ITS A SCREW-UP COUNTRY now from one of the major producers of agriculture countries in the region.
And our Great mahatir is preaching the same supremacy policy and usual propaganda about imaginary enemies as Mugabe. Like minds flock together, dont they.

9:26 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

Why doesn't this guy just drop dead and be done with? While all the rakyat is trying to sort out the mess the BN has put us in, here comes this fellow with nothing else to do, instigating the people into an uprising. Such racists speeches made by him should have already sent him to Kamunting or Sg Buloh. Why isn't UMNO acting to put this man away. Someone got to put him out of his misery. He is becoming more and more irritating by the day.

6:30 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Billy, the reason UMNO is doing anything to shut him up for good is because he "knows" too much.
Pak Lah is probably trying to shut him up as much as possible but TDM probably has a truck load of "evidence" that he will use if & when UMNO tries to get rid of him!
This is the reality of UMNO Politics! The sooner the PR take over the better!

9:43 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous lsb said...

Dr. Mahathir, is he a Malay or an Indian?

4:17 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody racist mamak mahathir. That fucker is talking about malay rights. Mamak baliklah.

7:25 PM GMT+8  
Blogger lsb said...

I am E. M'sian so do not understand KL lingo. So is he Malay or Indian?

7:48 PM GMT+8  

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