Our thanks to commenter Lousy.Engineer for alerting us to Forbes’ Richest Men in Malaysia 2015 ranking.
1, Robert Kuok, 91, $11.3B, diversified
2, Ananda Krishnan, 77, $9.7B, telecom
3, Quek Leng Chan, 74, $5.6B, banking & real estate
4, Lim Kok Thay, 64, $5.5B, casinos
5, Teh Hong Piow, 85, $5.4B, banking
6, Lee Shin Cheng, 76, $4.6B, palm oil & real estate
7, Yeoh Tiong Lay, 85, $3B, construction & real estate
8, Syed Mokhtar AlBukhary, 63, $2.9B, diversified
9, Goh Peng Ooi, 60, $1.6B, software
10, Lee Oi Hian & Lee Hau Hian, -, $1.5B, palm oil/chemicals/real estate
11, Tiong Hiew King, 80, $1.4B, timber/media
12, Surin Upatkoon, 66, $1.3B, telecoms/lotteries/insurance
13, Danny Tan Chee Sing, 60, $1.3B, real estate
14, Vincent Tan, 63, $1.2B, diversified
15, Lau Cho Kun, 80, $1.1B, palm oil/real estate
16, Tan Heng Chew, 68, $1B, motor vehicles
17, G. Gnanalingam, 71, $985M, ports
18, Kuan Kam Hon, 67, $980M, synthetic gloves
19, Jeffrey Cheah, 70, $950M, real estate
20, Azman Hashim, 76, $865M, banking
21, Shahril & Shahriman Shamsuddin, -, $860M, oil & gas
22, Yaw Teck Seng & Yaw Chee Ming, -, $820M, forestry
23, Desmond Lim Siew Choon, 54, $780M, real estate
24, Chen Lip Keong, 68, $750M, casinos
25, Syed Azman Ibrahim, 55, $740M, transport/motor vehicles
26, Mokhzani Mahathir, 54, $700M, oil & gas services
27, Lim Kang Hoo, 61, $650M, real estate
28, Ahmayuddin bin Ahmad, 59, $600M, ports
29, Chia Song Kun, 65, $560M, food production
30, Ninian Mogan Lourdenadin, 61, $550M, real estate/retail
31, Kamarudin Meranun, 54, $540M, airlines
32, Ngau Boon Keat, 67, $535M, oil & gas
33, Anthony Fernandes, 51, $530M, airlines
34, Lim Kuang Sia, 63, $510M, rubber gloves
35, Ong Leong Huat, 71, $435M, finance/real estate
36, Chong Chook Yew, 92, $380M, real estate
37, Ling Chiong Ho, 64, $350M, palm oil/ships
38, Lim Han Weng, 63, $340M, oil & gas
39, Loh Kian Chong, 39, $325M, motor vehicles/palm oil
40, Leong Hoy Kum, 58, $320M, real estate
41, Lim Wee Chai, 57, $315M, rubber gloves
42, Gooi Seong Lim, 65, $310M, property/construction
43, Kua Sian Kooi, 63, $305M, insurance
44, Khoo Kay Peng, 76, $300M, retail/hotels
45, Khoo Cheng Hai, 74, $285M, real estate
46, Lim Teck Meng, 78, $280M, Manufacturing
47, Ng Chin Heng, 66, $275M, real estate
48, Tan Chin Nam, 89, $270M, real estate
49, Abdul Hamed Sepawi, 66, $255M, timber
50. Kong Chong Soon, 74, $240M, real estate
But oh, when they’re billionaires, their race is Anak Bangsa Malaysia. Only when they go to the MCA service centre to seek Michael Chong’s help are they Chinese.
Racist! Racist! Racist!
The PM has been getting an overdose of bad press lately. There’s the Channel News Asia documentary that the Communications Minister complained only highlighted negative things about Malaysia and our race relations.
Then there was the Washington Post editorial last week that said Najib’s “repression and pandering to racists and Muslim extremists risks destroying the foundations of the alliance” between Washington and Putrajaya.
Today, there’s the shocking headline in The Sydney Morning Herald saying ‘Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak’s inevitable fall’. The reputable Australian newspaper quoted Tun Mahathir Mohamad via TMI as saying, “But what I see today is the government encouraging racist sentiments”.
Also today, there’s the editorial below by the J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai.
Who has been happily slapping on the “racist” label?
The Najib administration has been getting whacked as “racist” left, right and centre by the international media.
Has Umno ever pondered on how and when the accusation gained traction? And who helped the ‘Umno-is-racist’ narrative gain traction?
It is Umno’s fault for letting them get away with it
Why has the clueless Najib administration allowed the opposition to seize control of public perception that frames Umno as racist?
Why the impression in the eyes of the foreign press that the red rally is racist while the yellow is not?
Why allow the nine percent love-love-love minority to successfully portray themselves as being persecuted by the Malay-led government labelled “racist” by the evangelical party and their Firster following?
This poisoning of the mind has been going on unimpeded for years due to Umno’s tidak apa attitude in allowing them to get away with their mud-slinging and slander.
BELOW: The newspaper that lacked any sense of moderation when its editors tweeted Hannah Yeoh’s appointment as Speaker a total of 10 times within a 24-hour span in the J-Star official Twitter timeline
Why is Najib so tidak apa?
A lot of Najib’s battered public image has been brought about by his own diffidence and indifference in allowing his purported allies to backstab him.
Most recently, we were thrown off kilter by the bombshell of the China ambassador doing his walkabout in Chinatown.
Why is Najib not taking any action?
There’s little that Najib can do about the editorial contents of The Sydney Morning Herald, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal but he can certainly rein in the Malaysian newspapers.
So why is he allowing the J-Star to channel the DAP and their evangelical agenda?
Why is Najib permitting the media empire that is owned by the MCA, which is a component of the BN, to sound and spin like a mouthpiece for the opposition?
All these stabs in the back are not only causing Najib alone to hemorrhage but very soon Umno and the BN too will start bleeding to death.
How long can Najib sustain the support of the Umno warlords should they begin to fear that the captain is unable to keep the Umno-BN ship afloat?
The Prime Minister must do something about the enemies within.