KUANTAN: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement in blaming the Malay's culture for the community being left behind is an unfair and inaccurate assessment, said Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Nazahar.
The Kuantan Umno deputy chief said that the culture of laziness is not one that happens exclusively among the Malays.
"It is unfair for Tun (Dr Mahathir) to make it sound as though all Malays are lazy or practice a culture that has caused them to be left behind.
"There are many successful Malays and there are also members of other races that fail. The culture of laziness must not be linked only to the Malays or any other ethnic groups.
"It is up to members of the ethnic group themselves whether to succeed or fail. For as long as they work hard, they will definitely have a chance to reap success.
"Even if it is true that the Malays are lazy, how does one explain (the success of) his (Dr Mahathir's) son Tan Sri Mokhzani? Is Mokhzani also lazy when in fact he is among the successful Malay millionaires?" he asked.
Abdul Hamid was speaking to the media after opening an event to give aid to students here this afternoon.
At the event, 550 students from schools in the district received aid courtesy of the state government.
Also present were district education officer Mohd Razali Mustafar and Kuantan Wanita MCA chief Misty Tee Choon Ser.
Abdul Hamid noted that Dr Mahathir surely would not have been able to carry out his job as prime minister for 22 years effectively if the Malays were lazy.
"Tun Dr Mahathir needs to remember that it was the Malays who helped him during his 22-year tenure as prime minister.
"If everyone were lazy, how did he manage to do his job? It was the Malays from Umno who worked for him," he said.
Yesterday during the Vision 2020 Forum at Cyberjaya, Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman, had said that the Malays were less committed to work, not hardworking and at times, untrustworthy.
He also said the community’s culture had become a major stumbling block in Malaysia’s journey to be a developed country by 2020.