Badawi is Still Dreaming – No Wonder Nation is Stagnant

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Jun 15 2007
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This is what the Malaysia premier Abdullah Badawi envisages for 2057 – to see the nation achieve the unimaginable. He further added “But the more I think about 50 years of Merdeka, the more I start dreaming about what might be in another 50 years.” Abdullah said if Vision 2020 was about the foundation of a developed nation, 2057 would be about what it takes “to distinguish ourselves in all fields and the heights to which Malaysians will scale.”

1) Our students and professors will dominate Ivy League universities and our own universities will be citadels of excellence for international scholars.

  • If the local professors can’t even master the lingua-franca of knowledge such as English within the last 50 years, what else do you expect the achievement to be given another 50 years? It’s more amuze to see the local education standard has dropped to a level slightly better to African countries while neighbors such as Singapore had marched and still marching ahead of Malaysia. Could Badawi meant the measurement above is against African countries instead?

2) We will be pioneers in alternative energy, drawing on our strength in biofuels. Our cities will be the most liveable on the globe, blending cosmopolitan facilities that are rooted in a tolerant and just societal ethos.

  • Sounds like a paradise to me with those flowerish words but does such a place really exists? Maybe we’ve mistaken and what the premier actually meant was to build such fantasy island within the residential of the premier himself. Since 50 years of independence, the proudest achievement was the national-car project which is still bleeding and the twin-towers which was designed, architect and built by foreigners with the money sucked from the petroleum.

3) A hundred years of Merdeka would see this society, this nation achieve the unimaginable. We will have Nobel laureates, truly global corporations, respected and market-leading brands, internationally acclaimed poets and artists, among the largest number of scientific patents in the world and even the best football team in Asia.

  • I’m surprise to hear the “dream” was only extended by another 50 years. It would be more enjoyable and meaningful if only the premier extends it by 500 years instead – at least the achievability percentage is higher. Forget about those Nobel and world-class high-tech patents. Let’s concentrate on the football team, if the quality has degraded to such a shameful level within the last 50 years, just imagine what’ll happen in another 50 years. For all you know, the football team might be only better than Brunei in 2057.

But it doesn’t matter what the premier dreams are considering he would no longer be a living human in the country by 2057, does it? So, no one can blames him should the dream remains “a dream”, the same way his predecessor, Mahathir dreamt of Vision 2020. Heck for all you know Badawi’s successor might sell you another dream of 2157 while other countries already settling in another planet. What the country needs is a good governance.

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Yup I agree with you!

I think we have all heard enough of the dreams. Isn’t it time to demand for some concrete results?

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