DPM: Too much politicking in Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: There is currently too much politicking in Malaysia and many citizens living overseas are wondering what has become of the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin said the excessive politicking also gave an impression that Malaysia is too preoccupied with political bickering that more important things are being neglected.

“For example, the latest issue in Selangor over the appointment of the state secretary. What we in Barisan Nasional wanted to do was to focus on work, but they (Pakatan Rakyat state government) turned it into political controversy.

“They bring it (proposed amendment to the state constitution) to the Dewan but failed to get it approved because they cannot get two-thirds.

“The MB should in principle resign if the motion presented cannot be passed in the Dewan,” he said during a dialogue with Malaysians living and working in Brunei during a dinner-dialogue at the Malaysian High Commission office here last night.

Muhyiddin said if the politicking could be minimised the government machinery would be able to move forward much efficiently and smoothly.

Earlier he said Brunei was keen to invest in real estate development – land, housing and commercial property – in Sarawak, Sabah and Johor.

He said the sultanate’s financial investment arm – the Brunei Investment Agency – was keen to invest directly or through joint-ventures in mega projects in the three states.

“The Sultan said the agency is keen on real estate and hotel projects in Sarawak and Sabah as well as in the Iskandar Development Corridor in Johor.

“Brunei also wants to invest in the halal meat, food production and cattle-rearing industries in Sarawak and Sabah,” Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said at a press conference after visiting Sekolah Vokasional Nakhoda Ragam here.

He had earlier met Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at a 30-minute closed-door session as part of his two-day visit here to attend three regional meetings on education – the 6th Asean Education Ministers’ Conference, the Asean School Principals’ Conference and the Asean Education Leaders Roundtable Meeting.

Muhyiddin also said Malaysia and Brunei would have more exchanges in the education sector at the school, tertiary, vocational and technical education levels.

He said Brunei has agreed to cooperate with Malaysia to create better cyberspace linkages, especially for the rural areas of Sarawak and Sabah.

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