Khairy ambitious but no idealism, says 'stone age' Mahathir
The former prime minister says a future government by Pakatan Harapan will have both young and old leaders.
PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is a good leader but lacks idealism.
âKhairy is good. When he was campaigning to be Umno Youth chief, his mother was calling people to vote for him.
âHe has ambitions, but he isnât idealistic,â the Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman told a youth forum called Bicara Biasiswa at his Perdana Leadership Foundation yesterday.
Mahathir said without an idealistic mind, Khairyâs ambitions âcannot be realised eitherâ.
He said any future PH government should comprise of young and old leaders, saying it will be a good fusion of idealism and experience.
âWe have bo th experienced and young idealistic leaders. Young leaders have a lot of ideas, but they lack the experience.
âI come from the âstone ageâ. I have seen a lot, there must be something that I have learned that I can offer to this generation of leaders,â said the 92-year-old.
Mahathir said experience and idealism should come hand in hand.
âWithout experience, an idea may not necessarily be realised accordingly.â
Responding to a question on the civil service, Mahathir said it was not possible to reduce the civil servants.
He said his privatisation policy when he headed the government had managed to reduce the size of the civil service.
âWe cannot dismiss civil servants, but what we can do is exercise privatisation like what we did with Telekom Malaysia.
âPrivatisation would ensure job continuity, instead of leaving people jobless,â he said.
He said after the telecommunication departmentâs privatisation, th e government saved some RM200 million in operational cost.
However, he said the present government under Najib Razak is creating new institutions and âeating up so much fundsâ, he added.
âGovernment agencies like Pemandu, why are they being paid so much?â he asked.
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