PM: Some still refuse to recognise Malaysia’s success – The Star

Friday September 12, 2008

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has attained significant success in many areas but some quarters are still denying its capabilities and refuse to recognise its progress, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

The Prime Minister said there were people who claimed that the country was backward and had not achieved much.

“These people say such things not only during ceramahs but also when they go abroad.

“I just don’t understand why they go around saying such things, denying our success. Obviously, these people do not love their country,” he said after chairing the 20th MSC Malaysia Implementation Council meeting here yesterday.

Abdullah said the Government was chosen by the people, adding: “This Government is formed to plan the needs of development, to realise promises made to the people. It is truly a lie to say that the Government has not done anything for the people and to attain growth and prosperity.”

On MSC, Abdullah said significant achievements had been attained over the past 12 years throughout Phase One of the corridor’s development but more needed to be done to value-add the success.

Under the Second Phase or the 2.0 expansion plan for MSC, a committee would be set up to identify development programmes to be undertaken, he said, adding that should there be a need for additional expenditure, the Cabinet would decide on it.

“The Government will not censor the Internet. We do not do that. But if there is any wrongdoing or abuse of the Internet usage, then something has to be done. We have to take action in the interest of the people,” Abdullah said.

Earlier in his opening remarks at the meeting, the Prime Minister said that there were more than 3,000 ICT companies operating in Malaysia, compared to less than 300 when MSC started 12 years ago.

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