KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu today defended a deputy minister’s suggestion that Malaysians could take two jobs for extra income, saying people should be allowed to do so if they so desired.
“If you ask me, every human being is interested in extra money and if they have heart to work in two places, nobody should stop them,” the former MIC president told a news conference.
Samy, who is also special envoy to India and South Asia for Infrastructure, was commenting on Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan’s suggestion that Malaysians find side jobs to cope with rising costs.
Ahmad’s remarks sparked backlash and he yesterday sought to defend himself from the criticism by saying he held three jobs, and insisted that he meant Malaysians could be entrepreneurial to earn extra income.
The deputy prime minister has come under criticism from multiple sources including members of the public, comedians and political rivals. – MMO,