In an interview published on Mingguan Malaysia, the Sunday version of Utusan Malaysia today, Mahathir discussed what he terms the present day Malay dilemma and claimed that the community had failed to exploit its majority since Independence to consolidate power.
“If last time we could only get a government job by having a diploma from public university, now we have to accept diploma (certificate) from TARC.
“This is all because of votes. All these have occurred because the stupidity of the Malay.
"We have agree during Independence that the Malay would be the majority, so that they would continue to be in power.
“But now they doing the exact opposite, destroying their own majority by dividing into more than three groups. Hence (under such condition), they need votes from the other ethnic groups,” he said.
Mahathir's disdain for the recognition of TARC certificates is likely another backhanded swipe at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who announced the move on June 27 with much fanfare.
The move was lauded as a major achievement by MCA, who founded TARC back in 1969.
Cold water poure.