Saturday, January 1, 2011

Musings for For The Year Of The Rabbit......

The new year is upon us, the year of the rabbit!

What will the year 2011 bring for Malaysians?

Last year was more of the same as in previous years.

Price increases, the same old reports of mismanagement, abuses in procurements, etc, etc in government departments and ministries, alleged corruption, abuses of power, selective prosecutions, spins and doublespeak, political shenanigans and what have you.

It makes for depressing reading.

This year I honestly, nay earnestly, hope that things will turn up differently.

I don't want to read about the same old mismanagement and abuses in the Auditor-General's Report.

I don't want to read about alleged corruption, abuses of power, selective prosecutions. et al.

I want to read some good news, like for example, FDIs (Foreign Direct Investments) coming in.

For a number of years now, we Malaysians hardly hear of any FDIs coming to Malaysia.

It is as if Malaysia is suddently an unattractive country to invest in.

We do hear, however, of mega projects.

During Mahathir's tenure as Prime Minister there were of course mega projects also, like the Petronas Twin Towers, amongst others.

During Badawi's time, there were mega economic corridors proposed, like the Northern, Central, Southern and what have you corridors but nothing much came out of them to talk about.

And perhaps for a good thing nothing came out of the "crooked bridge" project to link Malaysia and Singapore that Tun Dr Mahathir had proposed.

Who wants a bridge (and a crooked one at that ) that leads to nowhere since our neighbour Singapore does not want play along.

Najib, too, has his big projects.  For example, the proposed 100 storey Warisan Merdeka Building project which is expected to cost Rm 100 million and the MRT project which is expected to cost Rm 40 billion!

Najib has drawn much flak for the proposed 100 storey Warisan Merdeka Building project both from his critics and detractors.

Apparently too, the public is not too keen nor happy with the proposed 100 storey Warisan Merdeka project.

An online campaign to oppose the 100 storey Warisan Merdeka Building project has allegedly attracted a quarter million signatures!

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit ) project is the most expensive single project undertaken in Malaysian history to date.

The project is expected to take several years to complete and from past experience costs overans are a likely, if not, a forgone thing.

Where is all the money coming from?

I don't have the slightest clue and I bet few Malaysians do.

But enough of the rambling, it's the new year and I have no right to spoil anybody's new year celebrations.    

Here's wishing all my fellow long suffering Malaysians and the world at large

A Very Happy New Year And May The Year Of The Rabbit Bring YOU & YOUR Family
Health, Prosperity, Blessings, Protection & All Things Nice!


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