Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Ahmad Maslan: I am being unfairly maligned by press and public
Ahmad said his intentions were good when he proposed that Malaysians take up a second job, including an online business to cope with the rising cost of living.
He said his original statement on Saturday and subsequent tweets on the issue were "spun negatively."
He pointed out that Malaysians spent a lot of time on social media, online and on their smartphones and that these factors could help them be successful in an online business.
Ahmad was undeterred by the criticism and said Malaysians would eventually recognise the truth of what he said.
The Umno information chief acknowledged being a magnet for criticism and said he also faced brickbats while defending the Goods and Services Tax (GST) earlier this year.
Ahmad said he had seen the benefits of what GST could do for a country while a student in New Zealand in 1996.
He said he had no problem facing the criticism which came with supporting GST while he was deputy Finance Minister.
Ahmad said he had been proven right and pointed out the revenue from GST had offset the losses from low crude oil prices.