Mokhzani Mahathir’s low position on wealthiest Malaysians’ list


– Koon Yew Yin
The Malaysian Insider
February 28, 2014

Every few days or so, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, our former Prime Minister, comes out with a new story lamenting the loss of Malay and Muslim power, and complaining how it is in fact the non-Malays or non-Muslims who are the ones that are really running the country.

There are many variants of this argument that he comes out with, such as that the DAP is running the show in Pakatan; or that PKR and PAS leaders have sold out to the DAP; or that the Christians have an ulterior motive in raising the Allah issue and are to be blamed for the rise in tension and resentment in the country.

In his latest skirmish with Muslim orthodox groups in his blog over his support of Kassim Ahmad who has been critical of the ulama class and its over-reliance on the Hadiths, Dr Mahathir has seen it fit to claim that the result of the ongoing schism in the Muslim world between those who are called ulama and the non-ulama is that “therefore Muslims have become weak and they have to beg for support from non-Muslims”.

Why must he bring the non-Muslims into this latest controversy if not to stoke more fear and distrust among Muslim of their non-Muslim brothers and sisters. This was no spur of the moment, slip of the tongue or foot in the mouth accident. It was carefully crafted and meant to share with his Malay and Muslim audience at his blog, as well as for reproduction in the other media to “enlighten” the Muslims.

It seems so typical of Dr Mahathir to introduce his brand of racist or religiously bigoted thinking and argument into every controversy in the country, whether or not he is directly involved in it and regardless of whether there is any need or justification. “Pathetic” is the word that some would prefer to use to explain his behavior and conduct. I prefer to use the words “mischievous” and “evil”.

Weathiest Malaysians – Why is Datuk Mokhzani so far down the list?

While Dr Mahathir is conspicuous for what he selects to focus his attack on, he is also unmistakable in what he deliberately chooses to ignore. Take for instance the list of the richest Malaysians of which two separate lists have recently appeared.

The first list is compiled by Malaysian Business and the second list by Forbes. In both lists. Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, the son of the former prime minister has joined the ranks of the country’s richest men or billionaires.

According to the Malaysian Business magazine, the SapuraKencana Petroleum mogul added another RM1.59 billion to his coffers over the last year to raise his estimated wealth to RM4.22 billion — good enough for ninth place on the list.

Forbes also includes Mokhzani in its list but only at number 15, with a total fortune of US1. 2 billion.

According to Forbes, Mokhzani has broken into the billionaire’s club (calculated in US dollars, and not our cheap Malaysian ringgit) because of the 22% rise in his oil shares in his oil and gas stocks.

Dr. Mahathir has so far made no comment on the lists and the people who have made it, including his son. Perhaps our docile and politically correct reporters are too afraid of the repercussions to ask him questions about his son’s meteoric rise in the wealthiest Malaysians list.

But not all our reporters are that bad. I think the braver ones among them are probably afraid that if they asked him questions about it, all they may get is another round of diversionary, evasive and sarcastic comments about how Mokhzani would have been able to come out much higher up the list – say at number 3 or 4 – if not for the “Chinamen” or Indians who have made it difficult for his son to rise higher and more quickly.

That answer would have no leg to stand on. But it should please the anti-non-Malay audience that Dr. Mahathir is so fixated on to salvage his reputation. – February 28, 2014.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 8:45 am

    Mokhzani wealth is HIS OWN – separate from his father and sibling who are no pauper. Mokhzani may be not be the richest Malaysian billionaire – but none of Robert Kuok, Ananda Krishnan, Lim Kok Thay’s childrens have their own separate billions.

    - And the mass Malays in Felda and especially the natives of Sarawak and Sabah are still poor..

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 9:11 am

    Y do U think d LOUD M0UTH is selectively quiet over his son’s magical climb up d billionhair ladder?
    He is P!ssed off what
    He tot his botak son is also a billionhair, but, alas, hardly a hair up there
    Lagi, d 1 who is there is only in a lowly position, not numero UNO of dis 1DERful land
    Has 2 make sure more concessionaries flow in2 d CoRRECT pockets, 加油, Huuuuaaaaat aaaaaaah

  3. #3 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 1:52 pm

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    This corrupted b@$tard is camouflaging his sons ill gotten billions. And our neighborhood friendly macc is either blind or acting like brain retards.

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 3:16 pm

    WHO said Malays NO GOOD at doing business?
    Now, dis son of a Malay-Indian added RM1.59 billion 2 his coffers over d last year
    Good or no good?!
    Some more, dis Malay-Indian wants his sons n relatives 2 CONTINUE 2 enjoy NEP privileges meant 4 less privileged n economically disadvantaged Malays

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