Deputy minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said he empathised with the poor because he came from a poor family. — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 — Umno Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said today that the reason he recommended Malaysians to start an online business on the side was because he empathised with them as he himself was from a poor family.
The international trade and industry deputy minister sparked a backlash when he reportedly said that it was not wrong to hold two jobs in Malaysia to address the rising cost of living, sparking the #2kerja hashtag on Twitter.
“I was from a poor family, rubber tapper, and my village only had electricity, water, roads in 1996 when I was 30 years old.
“So I wouldn’t want to burden the people. My suggestion was to add to their income, so they would have an easier life,” he told reporters after attending the 2015 National Book Award Scholars Appreciation Ceremony at PWTC here.