PETALING JAYA - The accomplishment of multi-billionaire Robert Kuok is a success story for the country and other entrepreneurs, said the Prime Minister’s Office.
In a statement yesterday, the Prime Minister’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said Kuok’s story is an inspiration to other fellow entrepreneurs to succeed.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also welcomes the statement from Kuok that he has a deep appreciation for the opportunities he had in this country and recognises the contributions made by all Malaysians towards the development of the nation.
Tengku Sariffuddin also said Kuok had said that he appreciated the leaders of Malaysia who have, throughout their lives, done everything they can to contribute to the well-being of Malaysians.
“The Prime Minister said that government policies are key to opportunities in education, business and employment that will enable individuals to achieve success,” said Tengku Sariffuddin.
He added that Najib had taken Kuok’s achievement as the richest person in Malaysia, as someone who is hardworking, disciplined and driven and achieved success after getting the opportunity to monopolise the rice and sugar business from the Government then.
Last week, blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin posted three articles on his website, alleging Kuok was funding various political parties to overthrow the Government.
It was reported that several leaders criticised Kuok, after the publication of those articles.
In response, Kuok refuted allegations and that he would reserve the right to take action against the portal.
Separately, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai tweeted that he had highlighted the issue to Najib in the hopes of an intervention so the issue can be put to rest.
“Regarding the needless and baseless attacks on Robert Kuok, I have conveyed the feelings of the Chinese community to the Prime Minister,” Liow tweeted yesterday.
“Mr Kuok has contributed greatly towards the development of the nation.”