Saturday, September 23, 2006

M'sian economic malaise analysed by Khalid

After personally listening to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the businessman- and economist-turned- oppositionist just now in the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, I have now to agree with Uncle in Ipoh that the new Treasurer-General of Parti KeADILan Rakyat is indeed very " informative and mind-opening".

Most of my friends tonight agree that Khalid has the remarkable ability or natural talent of an organic intellectual with emotive roots on the ground of presenting complex economic arguments and reasoning in laymen's language without being vulgar or populistic. I think he is also a man of high EQ.

The night before last, Khalid spoke in Ipoh together with Tian Chua at Hotel Excelsior . It was chaired by my friend Dr. Lee Boon Chye (left), a UK-trained practising heart specialist who is also an elected Vice President of PKR. Although I was unable to attend the forum in my four-generation hometown, I was told by an uncle of mine who attended it that he was very impressed by Khalid.

According to Uncle, Khalid's critical and yet intelligent analysis of the current state of the Malaysian economy and 2007 Budget as well as his exposes of how the National Front government misused - and still misuses public resources.

Chinese malaysiakini report of Khalid's presentation

Merdeka Review's report of Khalid's presentation

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