Mahathir: Foreign Workers Come To Malaysia Because Malaysians Don't Like Hard Work

The Prime Minister also claimed that Malaysians want an "easy life".

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Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad called out 'precious' Malaysians for refusing to perform manual work in the country earlier today, 25 October

Mahathir arriving at the government house in Bangkok yesterday, 24 October.

Image via Malay Mail

Malay Mail reported Mahathir as saying that foreign workers like to come to Malaysia due to the abundance of manual work here.

"The reason why foreigners like to come to Malaysia is because Malaysians don't like to work. That's very simple," Mahathir told the Malaysian and Thai business community in Bangkok today.

According to the Prime Minister, Malaysians prefer an "easy life" in comparison to migrant workers

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Image via Malay Mail

"Today the Bangladeshis are coming. Why? Because Malaysians don't want to work," Mahathir said in his speech, before adding that seven million immigrants are estimated to be in Malaysia today. 

"They (Malaysians) want to have an easy life. They want to work in air-conditioned places and all that, and the hard work is carried out by foreigners," the Prime Minister added. 

According to Mahathir, this behaviour of Malaysians result in the country's reliance on foreign labour, which will lead to economic consequences such as the outflow of funds. 

Mahathir also addressed Malaysians living abroad in his speech, urging them to do their bit for the country

"To the Malaysians living abroad, maybe under better conditions, they must not forget that they are Malaysians," the Prime Minister was quoted as saying by New Straits Times

Mahathir also said Malaysians abroad should help in developing the country's economy. 

"They made their first million in Malaysia, and I think they should always care about how the country progresses," he added.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister offered to resign after taxi drivers shouted at him during a dialogue session in Langkawi:

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