KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — The country’s Bumiputera should bend their backs to earn their money instead of relying on the government for handouts, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
He added that his new Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration will not entertain requests from those who are merely seeking to get rich quick.
“If you want to sit at home and wait for riches to show up on your doorstep, go ahead and wait forever. Nothing will come to those who do not work hard.
“If we continuously finding shortcuts to success, we are already setting ourselves for failure,” he said in his keynote speech during the Congress on the Future of Bumiputera and the Nation, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.
Dr Mahathir added that his coalition will not budge from this stance even if it could result in their loss at the next general election.
“Even if the government may be defeated for not succumbing to these people’s requests, it is OK for us.
“We are not here to do our own people wrong,” he added.
Dr Mahathir also told the Bumiputera to learn from their other ethnic counterparts whom he commended for taking advantage of business opportunities to grow their wealth.
He warned that their failure to do so would widen the income disparity along ethnic lines.
“The Bumiputera may already consider this a norm. The city is not ours, we belong in the kampung. It is almost as if we have accepted that we have no place in the city. We gladly retreat to the outskirts.
“We will then face pressure from the wealthy and eventually sell off all our family’s heritage and lands.
“If we don’t change our ways, the city will only have room for one race while another race will only remain in the villages,” he added.