Dr M: Malaysia lacks good decision-making Karen ArukesamyKUALA LUMPUR (Aug 26,2008) : Malaysia is lacking in good decision-making because it fails to anticipate the problems of the future.
Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said to achieve Vision 2020, "we must anticipate the problems we may face in the future and be ready to make decisions to counter them".
Mahathir, who introduced Vision 2020 to Malaysia, said the world is going through price hikes in fuel, food, aluminium and steel and Malaysia now needs to be able to handle the high-cost situation.
"Our people are used to very low cost of living, services and food and they are not prepared to face a high cost of living. I think we need to learn from countries with a high cost of living -- how do they survive, how do they prosper and how to be competitive," he said, at the Futurist forum 2008 entitled "Mindset: A framework to anticipate the future" today.
"If we do not do that, then I think we cannot achieve Vision 2020."
Addressing questions from participants on Malaysia's incompetency, Mahathir said: "Malaysia is the most planned country in the world. But people do not follow the plans prepared for them. If people had followed the plans, we would have been a developed country by now."
He said every plan has to have an implementation strategy, without which the plan is useless.
"Fortunate for Malaysia, we do have an implementation unit and the Economic Planning Unit," he said.
Mahathir said planning for people is much more difficult because people resent others telling them what to do or how to think.
"I have spent 22 years trying to change the mindset of the Malays, for example, and I must admit that I have failed in that, but people won't give any more time."
Among other issues, Mahathir also said the education system had become very politicised.
He said the people's mentality has not changed, they want different kinds of education system because they want to preserve their own languages, they want more emphasis in religious education and so on.
He said the people like to blame politicians but the politicians are complying with the people's wishes.
Mahathir also said national intergration is difficult to achieve because politicians are bringing out sensitive issues which create more division amongst the people.
"People think for a multiracial country, we are doing rather well but even then we need to be extremely careful," he added. Reproduced from The Sun, 26 August 2008.
Agree that current leaders have no direction, let alone making wise decisions.
Malaysians generally resent changes, despite all the claims of wanting a change, especially change of government. Majority Malaysians are comfortable with what they are doing, not wanting to come out from their comfort zone to do something different.
I quite agree with the statement that Education is politicised, not really by politicians but by the selfish people themselves.
People blame the politicians for everything that are not favourable to them but aren't the same people are the ones who chose the politicians in the first place that we ended up with the amateur cinematographer, housewife, street fighters, close one eye businessmen, local warlords, gangsters, racist, religious extremist (PAS & HINDRAF), etc as politicans and declared that it was a new dawn for Malaysia. Serves them (Rakyat) right!!
Malaysians forgets easily, ungrateful, loves untruths, rumours, loves to hear the loudest(no matter if the person speaks nonense) and spends the whole day talking and thinking negatively that the accumulated negative energy pushed the whole country into a wrong direction.
We nowadays hardly hear any politician, be it from the government or opposition, who speaks the same way as DR M did; simple, straight forward, logical and full of common sense.
There are either complete silence (Government) or too much rhetorics and nonsensical half truths (Opposition) and recently more swearing, that does not really make us think, it only making us shake our head far too regularly of recent. To me, at these trying and confusing moments, Mahathirism rules.