By Chew Lip Song
THE tone of one’s skin does not indicate if one is rich or poor and such profiling is “simplistic labelling”, says former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
In a veiled retort to ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent assertion that Malaysian Chinese had become “extremely rich”, Lim said Malaysia is not colour-coded and that many non-Chinese who are rich and Chinese who are not.
“Let us not divide ourselves based on the colour of our skin but on common principles of upholding justice, freedom, prosperity for all, fighting corruption and abuse of power. Corruption is committed by culprits of all colours,” Lim said in a Facebook posting. He did not name Dr Mahathir in the posting.
Lim who is also DAP secretary-general added that it was imperative that the government gives Malaysian children equal opportunity and fight those trying steal the children’s future.
Dr Mahathir had said in a recent interview with Asia Times that the disparity in wealth in the country was unhealthy and that Malaysian Chinese “practically own all the towns in Malaysia”.