According to Kuok, Hussein replied by saying: “No, Robert. I cannot do it. The Malays are now in a state of mind such that they will not accept it.”
The meeting took place a few years after the 1969 racial riots.
The tycoon, who has since relocated himself to Hong Kong, said he knew Hussein understood his message, but that things had gone too far.
“I had seen a picture developing all along of a train moving in the wrong direction. During Hussein’s administration, he was only partially successful in stemming the tide.
“The train of the nation had been put on the wrong track. Hussein wasn’t strong enough to lift up the train and set it down on the right track,” Kuok says in his memoir.