PETALING JAYA: DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said that a recent report ranking Vietnam ahead of Malaysia in terms of attracting investors should serve as a wake-up call for the country.
A recent report by the US News and World Report ranked Vietnam eighth out of 29 economies, up from 23 last year.
Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, meanwhile stood in 13th, 14th and 18th places respectively.
Citing the report, Lim said that Vietnam had climbed up the ranks by carrying out economic policy reforms and by joining international networks such as the World Trade Organisation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“This news should be a wake-up call for Malaysia, and all Malaysians should be asking why it is not Malaysia, instead of ‘Vietnam, which is topping this ranking,” he said in a speech in Kapit, Sarawak, on Friday.
Lim said that Malaysia has been “too engrossed” with race and religious issues, with fake news and hate speech dominating social media in recent months.
He said there should be a 10-year moratorium on fake news and hate speech. Instead, the focus should be on making Malaysia a top world-class nation in the next decade.
“Instead of fighting and competing with each other, Malaysians should be competing with the rest of the world to become a top world-class nation in as many fields of human endeavour as possible.”