08 Jul '11, 5am

'Malaysia's racial divide is deepening': Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA - Malaysian Chinese have stopped supporting the government because they no longer feel they are getting their share of projects, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said. The former Prime Minister looked back on his two decades in power in an interview at his office in Putrajaya, the showcase administrative capital he built in the 1990s and one of the "mega-projects" that helped define his regime. Chinese and Indians make up a third of the population but have become increasingly unhappy about an official policy that discriminates against them in favour of the majority Malays. "Yes, it's worse now," Dr Mahathir said of the racial divide in Malaysia during the interview in May. "During my time, I could rely on Chinese support for my party. Now, the government is threatened with losing Chinese support." He noted that his government two decades ago bowed to Chinese demands to ha...

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