GE13: Supermax owner throws support behind Opposition
By WONG SAI WAN
Saturday 27th April 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: The owner of listed Supermax Corp, Datuk Seri Stanley Thai(pic), has publicly announced his support for Pakatan Rakyat, some two months after joining the opposition think tank Institut Rakyat as an advisory panel member.
Thai, who is the executive chairman and group managing director of the company, said he was siding with the opposition “to protect the future of his children” and that the Chinese had lost the fear of going against the Barisan Nasional after the ruling coalition did badly in the 2008 general election.
Supermax is the nation's third-largest medical glove-maker as it exports 24 billion gloves a year. Thai's holdings in the company are worth about RM283.65mil.
Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg last month which was only released yesterday, Thai claimed the Chinese had been “brainwashed (to support the Barisan) from Day 1”.
In February, Thai and several other business and academic personalities joined PKR's Institut Rakyat.
The institute is part of the party that is touted to offer independent advice and policy recommendations to the PKR.
Besides Thai, other panel members include author and UN economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Universiti Malaya's Law Faculty associateprofessor Dr Azmi Sharom and National University of Singapore's associate professor of its Malay Studies and South-East Asian Studies Department Dr Maznah Mohamad.
Chaired by party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Institut Rakyat's board of directors consists of Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, artist, educator and social activist Wong Hoy Cheong, businessman Tan Sri Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, former managing director of The Edge Dr Tan Boon Kean and International Islamic University Malaysia law professor Dr Mehrun Siraj.
Suspended Bank Islam chief economist Azrul Azwar and former research officer to the Selangor Mentri Besar Tricia Yeoh are part of the think tank's research team.
When you become rich in a country whose good governance has enabled you, the businessman, to enjoy the POLITICALLY peaceful ambience and CONDUCIVE environment for you to do your business and enrich yourself and your clan, all you can say is.... "I support the OPPOSITION....TO PROTECT THE FUTURE OF MY CHILDREN (chinese)".
What a thankless lot, these people.
Hey Malaysian folks in PAS....wake up!!!