The Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Idris Haron asks what economy downturn is there when people require more than a month to celebrate the past Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
He also said that as no one has yet to die from hunger, we are all prosperous.
At an Umno function in Ampang, Idris was reported to have said, “This is economic prosperity. Why does his open house keep going, until 29 days is not enough? Because of economic prosperity.
“There is a marathon (in Kuala Lumpur) today right? If the country is not prosperous, can you run in the middle of the highway?
“In Kabul yesterday, 80 people were killed by two suicide bombers […]“This economic prosperity is Umno’s handiwork […] Not only is there enough food, but it is overflowing. This is the true manifestation of economic prosperity. This is it,” he said, reported Malaysiakini.
We are not going to ask Idris to run in the middle of KL roads to see for himself the homeless and poor and to see those who try to survive on plain porridge, but one does wonder if Idris has done a walkabout around his own state of Melaka and seen the poor families struggling to put food on the table daily. Does he know that Melaka has yet to have zero poverty?
Perhaps, he does not know that there are still a long list of people in Melaka who are qualified for the zakat and zakat is for the poor, not for those who can afford to throw open houses.
He should come down to earth and start doing his homework in his own home state before he starts spewing stuff like this at a function at a far away place in Ampang.
And the leaders of this country should stop comparing us to poorer and war-torn countries.
“He also shared another anecdote from a phone conversation between him and an acquaintance in Libya, which is now embroiled in civil war.
“Idris said he was told that the six out of the person’s seven uncles had been shot dead just before Hari Raya, while landowners in the country were busy opening new wheat fields to supply food.
“Despite this, food shortages mean that Libyans are only able to eat once a day, and many had died of famine.
“When (he) asked me, ‘My brother, how many times do people in Malaysia eat in a day,’ how am I supposed to answer? Six? Breakfast, lunch, brunch, high tea, dinner and supper?
“But I answered, ‘Don’t worry, many people die too’. Many people die of overeating,” he said,” reported Malaysiakini.
Idris is either sniffing something that we do not know of or he is living on the moon, for he dares to claim there are people ‘dying from overeating’ in Malaysia, at a time when living costs are at one of its highest and wage growth is at its lowest.
And he has also said that the prosperity is due to Umno’s handiwork – does he realise how many Malays are still below the poverty line?
Why not compare us Malaysians to Norway, Finland or New Zealand? Why not compare us to Japan? No one compares an apple to a rotten apple and publicly says the former is better. The one who does so will must have a very low IQ or thinks everyone else is stupid.
Unfortunately, we have this kind of news to irk us every morning as elected leaders stand between stupidity and ignorance, and try to balance themselves by snorting through their noses. Perhaps it happens due to his overeating.