KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has enough local expertise and was even once recognised as an Asian Tiger without the need for foreign consultants, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Dr Mahathir, who was last weekend named as the federal Opposition Pakatan Harapan’s PM designate, said the current administration tends to hire expensive foreign consultants to provide advice.
“Actually they are not needed in our country, our people have sufficient expertise to advise the government on how to benefit the country.
“That’s why we have to stop the habit of hiring foreign consultants at very high costs, billions of ringgit were used to hire these foreign consultants and this is causing losses to the country,” he said in his first Policy Talk session that was broadcast “live” over his official Facebook account.
“I don’t want to talk about the past but the reality is our country was able to be developed until it was recognised by the world as one of the Asian Tigers without any foreign consultants.
“We have sufficient expertise among our officers to advise the government about what is good to be done by the Malaysian government,” he added.
Malaysia’s neighbour Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan were previously dubbed the Asian Tigers and had experienced rapid economic growth in a phenomenon known as the “Asian Miracle”.
Malaysia and three other countries ― Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand ― were previously known as Tiger Cub economies due to the similar economic growth rates.
– Malay Mail