Zainuddin Maidin, our Info Minister, said the other day Dr M should have emulated Lee Kuan Yew who, after stepping down, made himself Senior Minister and then Mentor Minister to remain powerful in the Singapore government.
If Dr M had, perhaps he would have been made Citicorp Inc's special advisor instead of LKY, eh? (read article here)
If Dr M had wanted to, he would have made himself Senior Mentor Minister to the Malaysian government. But he didn't, and he is the greater man for that. If he'd wanted to, too, Dr M could be special advisor to any international giant. He chose, instead, to be the advisor to Proton and Petronas to help Malaysia's own corporations.
Someone just asked me, by the way, if the appointment of LKY was not unethical and was not a serious conflict of interest.
I'd leave that to Zam to respond on behalf of his "mentor".
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