This is an updated post for the previous ‘Tell Us, Pak Lah’ post in regard to Malaysia’s Competitiveness Ranking published in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007 report.
Malaysia’s competitiveness: Anwar accuses Abdullah of “misleading”
PETALING JAYA, Jan 30 (ES) – Former deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has accused the current premier of making a “deliberately misleading” claim that Malaysia is currently ranked eight in the world in term of competitiveness.
Anwar who is also former finance minister said “closer examination” of the data released by World Competitiveness Report 2007, revealed that the claim was only true within the category of countries with a population of 20 million or more.
In a press conference held here Jan 29, Anwar who is also the opposition People Justice Party (KeADILan) de facto leader said Malaysia “in fact” was ranked only 23rd in the world.
“Fifteen of the twenty two countries ranked above Malaysia in 2007 have populations of less than 20 million people, while seven of the twenty two have populations exceeding 20 million,” he noted.
Competitiveness is plummeting, Anwar countered
He noted that Malaysia’s competitiveness had worsened compared to 2006 from the same report. Malaysia was ranked 22nd in 2006 and its best ever ranking was at 17th place in 1997.
Anwar said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s decision to resort to such “misdirection” was a “weak attempt” to hide the fact that Malaysia’s economic fundamentals have weakened progressively under his government.
He contended that the country competitiveness “is plummeting” and cautioned Abdullah to make a comparison to Singapore and Hong Kong which currently were ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.
“Malaysia is clearly in need of a higher caliber leadership if we were to realize our full potential as an economy of global stature,” he said.
The government controlled media had widely reported Abdullah’s assertion that Malaysia is currently ranked eight in the world in term of competitiveness. – Saadon Aksah/ES
Pak Lah, how could you? Misleading the people, that’s not the right thing to do, no? Is this in line with your bombastic Islam Hadhari concept? To hide the facts and twist information for your own convenience? Pathetic…. sob.. sob.. (I didn’t mean that ‘SOB’, that was me crying…. :P)