I tried to understand his arithmetic. In asking “Who hijacked the Death Railway money?”, Chua Jui Meng, in his article in freemalaysiatoday on 6th January 2013, he hold Dr. M accountable for the claim that the Japanese government had paid RM207 billion in compensation for the Thai-Burma rail link.
Jui Meng said that “The money is believed to have been transferred by the Japanese government to Malaysia in the 1990s. This means it happened during Mahathir’s 22-year reign.”
The issue is with his arithmetic, as he further claimed that:
The money, believed to be amounting to RM207 billion, was meant to be distributed to some 30,000 Malaysians who had been recruited as forced labourers by the Japanese to build the Thai-Burma rail link.
This means each affected family is entitled to receive between RM2.8 million and RM3 million as compensation.
Well, let us divide 207,000,000,000.00 by 30,000. We get the answer, 6,900,000. That is 6.9 million. I wonder how he conclude that the compensation to be between RM2.8 million and RM3.0 million per family?
Does that give an early indication that if the compensation is to be passed via him, he would keep the difference of between RM3.9 million and 4.1 million from each family as his commission. Tricky and naughty Jui Meng.
[Well Jui Meng is not alone. Just google, you will find that most pro-PR bloggers and pro-PR news portals were having their difficulties with this basic arithmetic] 🙂
He also said that the payment was made in the 1990s. And, as I wonder, his “partner-in-crime” was the Finance Minister during the most period of the 1990s. Jui Meng should have the guts to ask Anwar first. Maybe it was Anwar who already got the commission he dreamed of. Now, it’s pity Jui Meng!
Above all, the value seems so illogical if one to research other WWII compensations made by the Japanese government. Past payment showed that the Japanese government made not even 10% of what is being claimed by Jui Meng and their fellow Standard 1 Arithmetic classmates.
Pity again to those followers who thought their leaders are smart.