08 Jul '11, 7am

Commentary: Unless Malaysia can realise meritocracy, It is in danger of becoming an also-ran

Dr Mahathir Mohamad sits at a vast desk cluttered with work, hands clasped before him and looking at his visitors with a slight smile. Dr M, as he is popularly known, was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, the first commoner to hold the post in a land with nine sultans. His demeanour suggests the country physician he once was, ready with a frank diagnosis - and in his first interview with the foreign media in five years, he doles out prescriptions for what ails his nation. The man who made Malaysia part of the "East Asia Miracle" with a massive inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) does not think much of it today. The former miracle economy, now a muddle, needs a new policy direction, he says in his office in Putrajaya, the administrative capital he built on old plantation land in the '90s. "We should not be too dependent on FDI anymore," says Dr Mahathir. "...

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