KUALA LUMPUR: The government should consider the needs of the Chinese community in this country including providing more opportunities for trade and business in order to regain their support. Saying this, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pointed out that the Chinese were very business- and trade-oriented and therefore needed opportunities to spread their wings in the sector. He said the Chinese had supported the Barisan Nasional (BN) very strongly before, for example in the 1999 General Election, which helped to deliver the ruling coalition with a two-thirds majority.
“It is not true to say that the Chinese would never support the BN,” he told reporters while attending the International Book Fair here. Dr Mahathir also suggested that wealthy Malaysians set up their own library at home stocked with valuable works and books.
He said this was the practice in western countries where the rich set up their own library stacked with various old books and later donating them to public libraries after their death. “The rich in Malaysia should set up their own library filled with valuable books and upon their death, donate the books to the public libraries,” he told reporters. In conjunction with the International Book Fair beginning yesterday at the Putra World Trade Centre, Dr Mahathir also spent time signing his book, ‘A Doctor in the House’, which were purhased by patrons. — Bernama.