KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 — The Mahathir administration had fixated on “building gigantic monuments” at the expense of the people’s development, Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
Listing the failings of the federal government under Dr Mahathir’s 22-year rule, he urged Umno members not to let nostalgia blind them to the faults of the former prime minister and his policies.
Dr Mahathir is still associated with the country’s iconic buildings and infrastructure built in his time, such as the Petronas Twin Towers, the KL Tower, the Sepang International Circuit, and the KLIA, among others.
“Our economic structure was simply not inclusive as the requisite pillars were not put in place before,” Khairy said during his policy speech in opening the Umno Youth assembly today.
“We do not want to repeat these past mistakes, where the government was caught up in chasing temporary wins to the extent that they did not focus on the future,” he said.
Khairy also said the current administration was still working to undo the legacy issues inherited from Dr Mahathir’s time in power.
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