You don't have to be an economist to get correct economic figures that have been published in economic journals.
Our PM had three attempts and came out with completely different and outrageously wrong figures. In my post 'Of Chillipadi And Buah Keras' I highlighted the mistakes. His latest figure is nearer the truth but is still wrong.
The following are excrepts from his speeches:
1.PUTRAJAYA 28 Jan. – Kecekapan kerajaan Malaysia semakin meningkat dan kini diletakkan sebagai yang keenam terbaik di dunia, kata Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.(Utusan Online)
2.“We are a population of over 20 million and we rank eighth in the world in terms of our competitiveness.(The Star)
3. He said recognition of Malaysia in the global competitiveness index also improved from 25th position to 21st place.(Bernama)
The last one is an improvement but is still wrong. The true figure is 23rd down from 22nd in 2006.
I believe he was misquoted. Otherwise, what explanation can he gives for the inconsistency.