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Dr M on learning from China: We consume; they produce

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Malaysian has much to learn from China’s tenacity in learning to produce their own goods, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Speaking during a luncheon with Malaysian business leaders in Beijing, Mahathir said Malaysians only seem to be interested in consuming goods – as opposed to the Chinese who have learned to make the goods they consume.

He remarked that China alone produces more cars than Europe and America combined, and that Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) – which he visited today – produces 70 percent of the world’s aerial drones.

“In Malaysia, of course, we are very keen to buy the drones, to use the drones, but we are not keen to learn how to make drones and sell the drones. That is the different way of looking at things.

“Malaysians want to use the best quality goods, and they always presume that the best quality must come from other countries,” he said.

“But the Chinese here, they want to learn. They want to build the best quality goods, but they want to produce it themselves. Because of that, they have become the factory for the whole world.

“Malaysians have a lot to learn. We are producing a few things, but too few.”

Mahathir’s speech was broadcast live by RTM through its Facebook page.

The prime minister expressed his hope that Malaysian business leaders there would be able to notice the difference in attitude.

“I think you should be able to notice the different attitudes. China grew very quickly and outstripped us very quickly also because they have a different attitude than Malaysia.

“Malaysia wants to consume, China wants to produce.

“And in the end, the producers win; the consumers only send money out of the country,” he said.

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