Thursday, July 06, 2006

Signs of stress behind Malaysia's rosy growth

Poor Pak Lah - he's been getting a lot of flak lately for his leadership style. This latest one from Reuters points to rumblings from within UMNO itself over Pak Lah's drive to cut the government deficit.

"Many who benefited from government construction contracts under Mahathir are unhappy with the scarcity of large infrastructure jobs, which threatens to undermine Abdullah's political base. "If the economy loses momentum ... there will be discontent within UMNO itself," said Chandra Muzaffar, a political analyst and head of an activist group."

Really, what's wrong with this country when a leader wants to better the lot of his people, his political support base starts grumbling about the lack of projects to feed their greedy guts. How sad.

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