I urge the rakyat to emulate Japanese and Koreans and be proud of Malaysian-made goods. Unlike the Japanese and Koreans who prefer local products to foreign goods, Malaysians were to the contrary.
Malaysians look down on their own achievements
If you prefer local products, the quality of the products will improve, given time.
If you don’t encourage local products but buy imported goods, then there is no opportunity for Malaysian-made products to achieve standards required for international markets. Our current policy leaned more towards import than export.
We are not even serving our own country.
If there is a need to change the government policy we will do so.
This may involve replanning the taxation, particularly involving industries.
Malaysia stands firm over repeal of Anti-Fake News Act
Malaysia will stick by its decision to repeal the Anti-Fake News Act and will not follow its neighbour Singapore in bid to tackle “online falsehoods”.While acknowledging that fake news can be damaging, the onus is on the country and its people to manage the spread of such material.We made a promise to the people that we would do away with the Anti-Fake News law. That is what the people wanted and we respect the people who voted us into power.
We understand how social media can be abused. For us, that means we have to learn how to handle fake news.Having such a law would open it for abuse by the government.
When you have a law to prevent people from airing views, then we are afraid that the government itself may abuse it, as has happened in the past.
We do not want any government, whether this or the next one, to abuse such law.
It (fake news) may be difficult to handle, but we can accept the challenge and will handle it.
By: DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD