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Keruak: Profiteering, like poverty, is colour-blind

February 6, 2015 2:44 AM
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Salleh Keruak says it is unfair to target the Chinese for profiteering as every race is guilty of it to some extent.

PETALING JAYA: Salleh Said Keruak has waded into the furore surrounding the racially charged Facebook comment made by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob with a view to clarifying the real issue at hand.

In a blog entry entitled “Poverty is colour-blind”, the current UMNO Division Head for Kota Belud and Sabah Speaker suggested that the high cost of living coupled with the fact that governments were more prepared to spend large amounts on financing wars rather than social welfare had resulted in the world becoming poorer.

He added, “Poverty does not pick and choose its victims. When poverty strikes it hits all and sundry irrespective of race, religion, age and gender.

“So let us leave race out of this because race has absolutely nothing to do with it.”

Likewise, he said, profiteering “is also colour-blind,” explaining that those who reaped profits, whether they were Malay, Indian or Chinese, cared not whom the profits came from. He added, “They do not discriminate based on race.”

Describing Ismail Sabri’s attempt to equate profiteering with race as a “mistake”, Salleh explained that a profiteer would not hesitate to make a profit even from members of his own race.

He therefore concluded that it was unfair to target just the Chinese when highlighting the scourge of profiteering among traders.


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