PETALING JAYA, April 10 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today denied calling Sabahans and Sarawakians lazy.
While dismissing a media report that he claimed had wrongly quoted him, Dr Mahathir said he had only called some Sabah leaders greedy.
He questioned the rational of him saying something like that as it would backfire on the Opposition’s attempt to woo voters.
“I never said the people of Sabah and Sarawak are lazy. It was a media report that said it, not me. I would be crazy to say that if I wanted them to support the Opposition.
“What I did say was that the leaders, especially from Sabah, are very greedy. That is why they have stolen some money from the government,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at a press conference this afternoon.
Dr Mahathir was reported as saying at a recent forum that Sabah and Sarawak had been left behind in terms of development compared to other states because people from both states were not very bright.
At the same forum, he described Borneo state leaders as greedy and only out to make a quick buck by selling timber to other countries.