Irwan Serigar said, “You are poor because you are lazy” but Ambiga says, “You are poor because the people in power keep you poor.”

24 October 2018

We think his connections, particularly with Najib Razak and UMNO, were instrumental to his “not being poor”…

How else could his large number of directorships come about?

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10 June 2018

Mohd Irwan Serigar bin Abdullah

Daripada Wikipedia, ensiklopedia bebas.

https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohd_Irwan_Serigar_bin_Abdullah

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May 14

The ever famous Irwan Serigar putting up the “ Stamping on Tun M “ dance is an MOF sponsored GR14 program ! Stupid small ugly corrupt brain !

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Published on Sep 28, 2017

 

Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah said that there is no reason that Malaysians should be poor, because there are plenty of opportunities for them to be well-off. “When some say Malaysia’s economy is lagging behind, the people are poor, they’re wrong. “We are not like debt-ridden Bangladesh and we are not like the Philippines. They (those who say Malaysia is poor) are confusing the rakyat,” he said at the 1Malaysia Entrepreneurship (1MeT) graduation day. Irwan Serigar also claimed that those who are poor are in situations of their own making.

 

In August, Singapore daily The Straits Times reported that abolishing affirmative action for Bumiputeras would be politically impossible as many Umno leaders and Malays still felt they needed it.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/30/ambiga-parties-in-power-have-agenda-to-keep-people-poor/

Ambiga: Parties in power have agenda to keep people poor

September 30, 2017

Former president of Malaysian Bar says poverty and racial politics are carefully constructed agendas to keep certain quarters in control over the people.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer and human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan has accused certain quarters holding the reins of power in Malaysia, of deliberately keeping people in poverty to make them believe they are dependent on those ruling over them.

“When you are poor you are very susceptible to fear, and those in power can easily keep their grasp on power by telling you that you are dependent on them by giving you the occasional handout,” she said.

The former president of the Malaysian Bar said although the New Economic Policy (NEP), implemented in 1971 as an affirmative action programme was meant to get Malays out of poverty, there were still many Malays who struggle to make a living.

“Why is there still poverty among the Malays? Many of them are still very poor.

“They are poor because it suits the agenda of some to keep them that way,” she said in her speech at a forum titled “Envisioning the Future Beyond GE14” held here today.

Ambiga, the former chairman of the election reform group Bersih, added that the Malays were not the only ones experiencing poverty as others like the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia and the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak, were also affected.

She said those in power did not care about the plight of minority groups that were contributing to the prevalence of poverty among their people.

She added that racial politics was also a similarly carefully constructed agenda. “It’s been around for a long time and it works,” she said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/30/ambiga-parties-in-power-have-agenda-to-keep-people-poor/

13h13 hours ago

Slammed for unbecoming statement. Irwan Under Fire over Remarks Berating Poor Malaysians

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Irwan Serigar‘s theory of poverty utterly preposterous! – Read more at

On Irwan Serigar’s superficial understanding of poverty

P Ramasamy
(Updated )
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There is more to the genesis of poverty than the simple-minded notion that people are poor simply because they are not hardworking. Such a perspective on poverty needs to be revised in the light of the voluminous literature on poverty and its multidimensional nature.

Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar Abdullah, given his years of experience as one of the top civil servants, should consider writing a book that could be entitled “A fresh perspective on the philosophy of poverty”. Perhaps it could be even considered a continuation of Karl Marx’s famous writing called “The Poverty of Philosophy”.

Really, it is utterly preposterous for a senior civil servant to have expounded on why some sections of the Malaysian public are poor, whereas hundreds and thousands of foreigners in the country are doing well in business and entrepreneurial activities.

Can Irwan Serigar consider the successful foreigners as a good example, when there are many cases of how they have flouted the laws in the country to engage in illegal business?

In other words, Irwan Serigar wants Malaysians to be hardworking like the foreigners, even if it means that they can engage in illegal activities. What kind of logic is this, coming from a senior civil servant?
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I don’t expect Irwan Serigar to have detailed knowledge of the philosophy of poverty. But surely as a senior civil service officer, he should be careful not to venture into areas that he might not have a proper understanding about.

The government in power should not allow him to insult the intelligence of Malaysians by basically calling poor Malaysians lazy for not being willing to work hard.
Read more at https://m.malaysiakini.com/letters/396824#M3EL56hwWroduodS.99

For Irwan Serigar, it is simply that Malaysians are not working hard, even though they have “legs and hands” just like the foreigners. He said if Indonesians and others could engage in flourishing businesses in night markets throughout the country, he could not see why Malaysians are complaining of poverty.

Let me remind Irwan Serigar that even though he is one of the top civil servants with vast years of experience, his understanding of the causes of poverty remains at a very elementary or even superficial level.

Some Malaysians might be lazy and this could be the reason why their earning capacity is below the mark, but to generalise and say that all Malaysians who are poor are lazy is an insult to thousands who simply cannot cross the poverty line due to various reasons.

Is Irwan Serigar willing to say that hundreds and thousands of Malaysians in the public and private sectors, especially the low-wage categories, are simply lazy and this is the reason why their wages have not gone up?

Has he heard the term “exploitation of workers” and how workers, despite their hard work, have been denied the fruits of their labour? Does he know that only a miserable 10 or nine percent of the Malaysian workers are organised in trade unions?

Thus, when those in the low-earning categories are denied their basic rights to organise themselves and are reprimanded or sacked for the slightest infringement of rules, can they be considered as lazy?

Not all foreigners have done well in Malaysia. Some have done well, but the vast majority are also caught up in the vicious circle of poverty.
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I don’t expect Irwan Serigar to have detailed knowledge of the philosophy of poverty. But surely as a senior civil service officer, he should be careful not to venture into areas that he might not have a proper understanding about.

The government in power should not allow him to insult the intelligence of Malaysians by basically calling poor Malaysians lazy for not being willing to work hard.
Read more at https://m.malaysiakini.com/letters/396824#M3EL56hwWroduodS.99

 

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1 Response to Irwan Serigar said, “You are poor because you are lazy” but Ambiga says, “You are poor because the people in power keep you poor.”

  1. Doris Looi says:

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