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economy
by Maria J. Dass by paying higher wages, which will
newsdesk@thesundaily.com increase purchasing power and in
turn increase demand for goods
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being domestically.
derailed by the 1997 and the cur- Mahathir said Malaysia is capable
rent economic crisis, Vision 2020 is of catching up with developed coun-
achievable if the country focuses on tries in terms of its per capita income
developing a high-cost economy built which is measured in US dollars.
on domestic demand and internal America claims her per capita
business activities instead of remain- income is US$36,000 (RM126,000),
ing as a low-cost export-oriented he said, while Malaysia’s is only
economy, said former premier Tun US$6,000 (RM21,000).
(From left) Malaysian Institute of Management Chairman Jen (R) Tan Sri Zain Hashim, Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negri
Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “But the US$36,000 is not real,
Tun Mohd Khalil Yaacob, CEO of BrandLaureate Dr K.K. Johan, Mahathir and Berjaya Corporation Bhd chairman and
In his lecture titled “Vision 2020 40% of that is money that has been
chief executive Tan Sri Vincent Tan holding an oil painting which depicts Malaysia’s achievements during the former
– Is it mission impossible? 1Malaysia abused - via investments in hedge
premier’s term.
the driving force?” at the Brand- funds, etc,” he said, adding that this
Laureate Lecture Series yesterday, was not real wealth.
Mahathir said the country is midway “Real wealth comes from produc-
to becoming a high-cost country, ing goods and trading in them but
which does not mean it will be less
prosperous.
“In a high-cost economy, the
they are not doing that any more.
They are interested in selling curren-
cies, investing in hedge funds etc.”
‘Filth on the Net can boost crime’
profit margin in terms of amount “If you take away the 40% (of KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr delivered his talk at the BrandLau- “This is the time (primary
will be higher, the purchasing power money abused), the American per Mahathir Mohamad blamed the filth reate Lecture Series yesterday. school) when young minds are
will be increased and this will boost capita income is only US$20,000 available over the internet and drug “We have laws but laws will being shaped and good quality
the development of more small busi- (RM70,000); so America is not as rich addiction as a potent crime-boosting not stop people from committing teachers and graduates should be
nesses,” he said, adding the country as it makes itself out to be and with formula, saying the easy access by crimes. It is inbuilt value systems put there to help them develop
had depended far too long on exports our per capita income at US$6,000 teenagers to pornography over the which reject wrongdoing and crime their thinking and to inculcate good
that are produced cheaply. As a re- and without susceptibility to invest- Net is a dangerous trend. that will work,” he added. values in them,” he added.
sult, the country became vulnerable ments in hedge funds, I think we He also cited the absence of both Mahathir said law without To questions on emphasis on
to global market collapses. can catch up if we try very hard,” he parents, who are busy working, in proper enforcement will not work the use of the English language,
He said the export segment of said. the lives of young people as another either and when authorities are Mahathir said the scenario in
most developed countries is smaller. Referring to the US as a bankrupt reason for the susceptibility of youth often labelled as corrupt they will countries like Japan, Germany and
In America and Japan, it is about nation, he said it is staying afloat to immoral activities. become immune to the accusa- France was different from that in
17% while in Malaysia, it is 80%. on borrowed funds in the form of “Maids usually do not teach you tions, and many good officers in the Malaysia.
“To grow, to achieve Vision 2020, bonds purchased by China, Middle these things, and there is a lack of service will be hurt that they are Japan’s switch from an agricul-
we have to depend on domestic pur- Eastern countries, Japan, Malaysia, focus on this in schools,” he said. categorised as such. ture-based economy to industries
chasing power and there are ways Singapore and other nations. He said corruption was another Responding to another question took place almost a century ago and
to create this,” Mahathir said. He The event held at the Berjaya product of the lack of a strong value on the education system, he said: there were not many scientific stud-
called for a change of mindset by the Hotel and Convention Centre was system. “The reason why we have a poor ies then, he said, adding that their
government, the private sector and sponsored by Berjaya Corporation. Mahathir said this when re- quality education system that does scientific research was therefore
the public to achieve this. Mahathir’s lecture is among a series sponding to questions on whether not inculcate good values is that done in their own language.
He said it is possible to build a of lectures by a distinguished panel the fight against crime was taken teachers in the lower tiers and “We are coming from behind and
new economy based on domestic of speakers who will touch on an into account as the country raced dropouts are teaching primary do not have a history of research in
growth and less export, and that is array of subjects. towards Vision 2020 after he had students.” science done in Malay.”

the death of National Service (NS) trainee Abdul NUTP blames HMs
briefs Malik Ishak who was reported to have died in
his sleep at Kem Cenarai, Perlis on Sunday. for non-promotion
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Dr Abdul
Latiff Ahmad said the ministry was still waiting KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Teaching
‘Big’ corruption cases to be for a full report on Abdul Malik’s death. Abdul Profession (NUTP) is holding headmasters and
Malik, 18, of Kampung Relong, Jeneri near here state education officers responsible over what
revealed soon: MACC was found dead by other trainees who failed to is perceived as their failure to promote “a few
ALOR SETAR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption wake him up at 5am. Abdul Malik was buried hundred qualified form six teachers”.
Commission (MACC) is expected to reveal at the Muslim cemetery at Masjid Kampung Its secretary-general, Lok Yim Pheng, said the
several “big” corruption cases involving syndi- Betong, Jeneri, on Monday night. – Bernama teachers were qualified and fulfilled the condi-
cates soon, its Director of Intelligence Datuk tions of promotion and thus, should have been
Mohd Jamidan Abdullah said yesterday. Lecturer charged with taking rightly selected.
He said investigations conducted following Under the first phase, 5,800 form six teachers
information received from the public had ena- bribe from student had received promotion letters while another 300
bled the MACC to penetrate certain syndicates KLANG: A private university lecturer from India or 400 had been left out, she said.
and discover cases of corruption. was charged at the Sessions Court here yester- “We are not sure whether this (those who
“Revealing these cases is important in meet- day with taking a RM800 bribe from a female were left out) was deliberate or due to oversight
ing the demands of the people for the MACC student. on the part of the administrators. Whatever it is,
to be a commission of high integrity following Dr Krishna Prasad Pramulapati, 52, was al- we hold them responsible,” she told Bernama.
its elevation from the Anti-Corruption Agency leged to have received the cash from S. Kumalini At a meeting yesterday, the NUTP brought the
(ACA),” he said after witnessing the handing Devi, 24, as an inducement to give passing issue up with the education ministry, and was told
over of duties to the new Kedah MACC director marks on her Algorithm Analysis examination to assist in identifying those teachers who were
at the MACC office here. paper dated June 22. left out. Lok advised those members who were
Penang MACC deputy director Idrus Jaafar According to the charge sheet, the offence left out to inform the union immediately so that
has taken over as the Kedah MACC director took place at the Information Technology Fac- their case can be brought up for review.
from Nooraziah Abdul Manaf who has been ulty, Multimedia University in Cyberjaya at about Affected teachers could download the applica-
posted to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya 5pm on June 24. If convicted under Section 17(a) tion form from the union’s website www.nutp.org
as the director of the Inspection and Consul- of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and fax the form to 03-62511060 by July 5.
tancy Division. – Bernama Act 2009, Krishna Prasad can be jailed up to 20 The conditions for qualifying are as follows:
years and fined five times the sum or RM10,000 » They should be teaching their option subjects
‘Cause of NS trainee’s death whichever is higher. He pleaded not guilty. Judge to form six students for a period of between
Yong Zarida Sazali allowed him bail of RM8,000 2007 and 2008; and,
will be announced’ with two local sureties. The court fixed Aug 3 for » They must have at least five years’ teaching
SIK: The government will announce what caused re-mention. – Bernama experience and recommendation from their
head of department. – Bernama

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