Shortly after Dr. Mahathir Mohamad became Prime Minister of Malaysia, he made a study trip to the Philippines to consult Marcos on how he (Marcos) had enriched himself off his nation’s (Phillipines) wealth.
Flattered, Marcos took Dr. Mahathir to the top most floor of his office building in Quezon City, went to the window, pointed out to all the skyscrapers out there and said, ‘See those buildings. Those Government buildings were built on grossly inflated costs. The surplus cost is mine. Privately owned buildings only approved after I’m taken care of’.
Dr. Mahathir thanked Marcos for the lesson.
Years later, Dr. Mahathir extended an invitation to Marcos to visit Malaysia to see for himself how well Dr. Mahathir had learnt from that one visit to the Philippines.
Dr. Mahathir took Marcos to the top most floor of his office building, went to the window, pointed out and said, ‘See those buildings. Government buildings built on grossly inflated costs’.
‘But there are no buildings out there’, a bewildered Marcos replied.
‘I know. The entire building cost is mine’, a smiling Dr. Mahathir replied.