Daim :” Chinese are attacking us”February 28, 2015
Anwar Ibrahim, Daim said he was “a good friend of mine.” “But he was too quick, too ambitious. He left when he moved too fast without calculating the risks,”
by Baldev Singh
At a recent talk, former Malaysia finance minister Daim Zainuddin spoke of his distrust for the Chinese immigrant populace.
“I told Tun Razak in the past, how can we tust the Chinese? They are attacking us. They asked for more seats in the parliament so that they could prevent us from amending the Constitution,” he said.
Speaking to a crowd of Malay students, entrepreneurs, and directors that included a former wife of the Brunei sultan, Daim boasted of his abilities to manage the nation’s finances as one of Malaysia’s first billionaires.
“I asked Mahatir when he told me that I would be MoF, why should I be a Minister? At the time I was controlling the media, I was very influential. I was worth RM800mil at the time before joining the government,” he said.
In the end, Daim said he decided to serve as minister as a form of national service, and sold his assets in several firms.
“I told my father I was made MoF, and my father told me I was going to be Prime Minister.”
He said Mahatir had taken him as minister due to the mutual trust hi between the two men.
“When I was Finance Minister, Umno didn’t trust me, but the public trusted in me. “They trusted me because I was a successful businessman.
“I think I’m better than the Chinese, and I take on any of the Chinese in business,” he said.
On jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Daim said he was “a good friend of mine.” “But he was too quick, too ambitious. He left when he moved too fast without calculating the risks,” he said.
He justified Mahathir ‘s NeP policies, saying it was necessary to return Malays to the fore of business activities, and voiced unhappiness with the Bristish for sidelining the Malays in business the Chinese were allowed to trade at the tin mines.
“For hundreds of years we were not allowed to nurture our talents as business men due to colonisation. This has resulted in us losing the business mentality which is preventing us from going further, he said in justifying the Nep.
He also called for more prudence for the government’s spending habits. “The Government acts like Malay people. Duit tak ada tapi nak bergaya. (No money but want to show off.)”