Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir failed in his attempt to sabotage the Johor economy and future global trade on the Forest City, in his strategy to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as part of the integral plan to destroy the BN Government.
The Star story:
Monday, 23 January 2017 | MYT 11:27 AM
Khaled Nordin: Dr M won’t succeed in scaring Johoreans
BY NABILA AHMAD
JOHOR BARU: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s efforts to intimidate Johoreans with statements about Chinese nationals being given citizenships at the mammoth Forest City project will not succeed, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The Johor Mentri Besar said Dr Mahathir’s allegations about the US$100bil (RM443bil) investments in the project were not based on facts and he was “out to scare the people of Johor”.
“The total land size of the state is 1.8 million hectares while the total land size affected in the Forest City project is only 1.977ha, which is only 0.108% of the land in Johor.
“With only less than 1% of the area involved, it is impossible for the China mainlanders to occupy the state and this shows that Dr Mahathir is only making the accusation to scare Johoreans,” he said.
“The Forest City project is a state government project while the investors are foreigners who happen to be from China.
“It is not 100% foreign-owned as locals have a 42% stake in it,” he said at the Muafakat Johor Chinese New Year Bazaar 2017 organised by the Pasir Gudang Tiong Hua Association here in Taman Johor Jaya.
He added that the project, expected to complete in 30 years, is important as the state now needs big projects to compete with Singapore.
“The world economy is very challenging now and without foreign investments, we will be faced with a worsening economic situation,” he said.
Khaled said there was no proof to allegations that some 700,000 Chinese would get citizenships by buying property at Forest City.
“I believe the rules applied by our Immigration Department are very strict as it is impossible for Chinese mainlanders to get Malaysian nationality only by purchasing a house in the state,” he said.
In an exclusive interview with The Star, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar accused Dr Mahathir of fear-mongering by playing racial politics that he claimed had no place in the state.
The Ruler said then he was “deeply offended and hurt” by the political spin against mainland Chinese investments in the state.
He singled out Dr Mahathir for “putting political interests above Malaysian interests, particularly Johor”.
In response, Dr Mahathir said in a letter to The Star that he was quoting a report by Bloomberg on the details of Forest City, of which he said has yet to be challenged nor denied.
The Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir tried to frightened Johoreans by manipulating and lying about the consequences of the Forest City development to the Malays.
In full appreciation of the sanctity of UMNO to the Johorean Malays, he falsely projected that 700,000 mainland Chinese would eventually be given citizenship and the Johorean Malays would lose power in their own state, the birth place of UMNO.
The strong outright calls by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar last week and several attempts of the Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ to rebut and manipulate his earlier calls, is the clearest depiction of Dr Mahathir’s humiliating failure.
What started as a political stunt which failed miserably, inadvertently is also a failed strategic economic sabotage against Johor.
The madness of Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir in his obsession to oust Prime Minister Najib has started to take a toll even on the Malaysian economy, which should be viewed as a political-anarchy.
A good example is the economy that would be driven by the Forest City Development. The 700,000 foreigners, mainly believed to be from mainland China are of the extra-upper middle income or more.
If they make Malaysia their residence, means they would be paying income tax. Let say pro-rata their income attributable from Malaysia is RM1mil per annum.
Hence, they would pay RM260,000 income tax. That is on top of RM15-20,000 in GST each on the consumption they make.
That is already in the neighbourhood of RM40bil for the Inland Revenue Board and Royal Customs, of reoccuring revenue annually. Johor State Government would also benefit from all the local authorities taxes and charges.
The Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ failed to foil, even for a obsessed political agenda.