Malaysia’s ex-premier Mahathir suggests that Singapore should be ‘returned’ to Malaysia

Mahathir Mohammad (96)

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad in what can be interpreted as a nationalistic outburst said that Malaysia should claim that Singapore gets “returned” to Malaysia as it historically was once “owned” by Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor.

Alongside Singapore, Indonesia’s Riau Islands in Indonesia and the small island of Pedra Branca, the easternmost point of Singapore, should also be given back for the same reason, he added.

Mahathir made the statements on June 19 at an event in Selangor organised by several non-governmental organisations under the banner “Kongres Survival Melayu” (Congress for Malay Survival), according to The Straits Times.

But no real demand…

“However, there is no demand whatsoever of Singapore. Instead, we show our appreciation to the leadership of this new country called Singapore,” the ex-premier went on saying.

In his speech, which was live-streamed on social media, Mahathir, who is member of the parliament of Malaysia for the Langkawi constituency in the state of Kedah, said that what was known as Tanah Melayuv in the past used to be an extensive region, stretching from the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand all the way to the Riau Islands and Singapore, but is now confined to the Malay Peninsula.

Left with the peninsula only

“Today, we are left with only the peninsula… I wonder whether we will continue to own this peninsula. I am worried for the future of Malays, whether the peninsula land will also be owned by another party,” he noted.

He also said that Malaysia today is “not owned” by bumiputera (Malay people), because many Malays remain poor and they tend to sell their land. He claimed that already half of Malaysian land is “owned by foreigners.”

Urging his audience to “learn from the past,” he added: “If we find we were wrong, we should rectify these wrongs so that our land remains Malay land.”

 



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[caption id="attachment_38554" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mahathir Mohammad (96)[/caption] Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad in what can be interpreted as a nationalistic outburst said that Malaysia should claim that Singapore gets “returned” to Malaysia as it historically was once “owned” by Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor. Alongside Singapore, Indonesia’s Riau Islands in Indonesia and the small island of Pedra Branca, the easternmost point of Singapore, should also be given back for the same reason, he added. Mahathir made the statements on June 19 at an event in Selangor organised by several non-governmental organisations under the banner “Kongres Survival Melayu” (Congress for...

Mahathir Mohammad (96)

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohammad in what can be interpreted as a nationalistic outburst said that Malaysia should claim that Singapore gets “returned” to Malaysia as it historically was once “owned” by Malaysia’s southernmost state of Johor.

Alongside Singapore, Indonesia’s Riau Islands in Indonesia and the small island of Pedra Branca, the easternmost point of Singapore, should also be given back for the same reason, he added.

Mahathir made the statements on June 19 at an event in Selangor organised by several non-governmental organisations under the banner “Kongres Survival Melayu” (Congress for Malay Survival), according to The Straits Times.

But no real demand…

“However, there is no demand whatsoever of Singapore. Instead, we show our appreciation to the leadership of this new country called Singapore,” the ex-premier went on saying.

In his speech, which was live-streamed on social media, Mahathir, who is member of the parliament of Malaysia for the Langkawi constituency in the state of Kedah, said that what was known as Tanah Melayuv in the past used to be an extensive region, stretching from the Isthmus of Kra in southern Thailand all the way to the Riau Islands and Singapore, but is now confined to the Malay Peninsula.

Left with the peninsula only

“Today, we are left with only the peninsula… I wonder whether we will continue to own this peninsula. I am worried for the future of Malays, whether the peninsula land will also be owned by another party,” he noted.

He also said that Malaysia today is “not owned” by bumiputera (Malay people), because many Malays remain poor and they tend to sell their land. He claimed that already half of Malaysian land is “owned by foreigners.”

Urging his audience to “learn from the past,” he added: “If we find we were wrong, we should rectify these wrongs so that our land remains Malay land.”

 



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