MALAYS have the capability to achieve greater heights but are held back by values and culture, says Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Malays are as capable as other races. The only the problem is the culture and values. We can achieve success with our capability but we are found to be less hardworking, less trustworthy.
“We do not want to do complicated work that is why we are left behind. It is not that we cannot do (the work), it is because we do not want to,” said Dr Mahathir.
He added that Malays also lack commitment in their work but expect a higher salary.
He said Malays should heed lessons from the situation in Japan in 1961, when the Japanese worked hard to build their nation.
“They were paid just with fistfuls of rice and soy sauce at the time, and they were able to make Japan great again after the country was ruined in war. It’s in their culture to work hard and produce great results for others to admire,” said Dr Mahathir.
He said Japanese people would be ashamed to go home if they did less work and were less productive than their peers.
“We are not a developed country yet. So we should work harder.
“Do not expect to succeed when we are not working (as hard). (It is) impossible,” he said during a sharing session.
On what PH would change to the education system should it come into power after the next general election, Dr Mahathir said new syllabus will be added.
“Lessons on culture that can produce success. In Al Quran, Islam is not just a religion. Its a way of life.
“If PH wins, I will hold the education minister by the neck and tell him to insert another syllabus on culture and values,” he said.
The Vision 2020 forum in Cyberjaya is one of many series of talks that will be held by PH leading to general election.
The talks will also be held in Kedah, Johor and Perak.