Not long before Rustam Sani passed away in 2008, I met him in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Though he was a giant of a public intellectual, Rustam, the son of the famous independent era nationalist Ahmad Boestamam, came across as modest, good-humoured and soft-spoken. He had a warm and gentle, almost impish smile and a twinkle in the eye that made him easy to like.
While chatting about politics and current affairs over drinks, Rustam mentioned in passing that he was the one who crafted much of the Vision 2020 speech by then-Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1991 – something few are aware of.
That took me by surprise, but in hindsight, you can almost see Rustam’s hand in the aspirations of Vision 2020. By 2020, we were supposed to be a psychologically liberated, secure and developed Malaysian society, a mature democratic society. This society would be fully moral, ethical, liberal and progressive – caring and socially just with a fair distribution of the nation’s wealth. We would have a dynamic, robust and resilient economy too. Full article in Aliran websitehttps://thisiskettering.com/prednisone-20mg-tablets/
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Memories of Penang Ferry
Tunglang please resurrect to tell the tales of Penang Ferry for young readers.
Those on trial for corruption must be very nervous to hear this part of PM8’s speech today:
More than 60 years. The same story. Here, they do not eat shark fins but ikan bilis lagi best. The only shark fins are only those from opposite camps. Less from opposite camps, ikan bilis in Laksai Ahman taste better
Structural reforms needed to prevent brain drain in Malaysia
According to the World Bank in 2011, brain drain is aggravated by a lack of compensating inflow, and Malaysia is a major receiving country but most immigrants are low skill while the high-skill expatriate base has shrunk by a quarter since 2004.
Today, nearly 1.7 million Malaysians are employed outside the country, with Singapore being the most favoured country (54 per cent), followed by Australia (15 per cent), the United Kingdom (5.0 per cent) and the United States (10 per cent).
we are still mang mang lai. Like Global warming, the rise of temperature reach the point of no return, They will sat adios and sayonara just like good bye to 2020.
Malaysia has a new vision of creating flying car, but can it compete with global players?
Malaysia economy – middle income trapped?
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir reportedly blamed the failure of achieving Vision 2020 goals on poor execution by his successors Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak.
Dr Mahathir claimed the two former prime ministers did not emphasise developing the country but instead focused on big projects so they could allegedly make money for themselves.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Malaysia lost foreign direct investment at a worse rate than both its neighbours and the rest of the world during the pandemic-hit 2020, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Investment Trends Monitor.
Malaysia’s FDI last year was down 68% from 2019 and amounted to just US$2.5 billion (RM10.1 billion), compared to the Asean region that lost 31% on average to reach US$107 billion.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has assented today to declare an emergency in the country until August 1, or until the current wave of Covid-19 subsides.
Umno please adhere to decree and not pushing for snap election.
Motmre readers stay at home now with mco 2 in progress.
More postings keep readers fixated at home not go out to curn the spread.
Best wishes to all so that all can shriek with joy when we overcone covid19.
Yes, let’s do what we can to curb the spread. I will try and write more frequently.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 — The highly-infectious variant of the coronavirus behind Covid-19 has been detected here, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
Better stay at home, not “ke sana ke sini”, to avoid the super spreader.
Who flew from UK and South Africa? Still open to air travellers from these countries? They are supposed to get themselves lock down and lock out.
The reported purchase of a RM458,000 Mercedes-Benz S560e by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow recently is disappointing because his action mirrors that of leaders of such states as Kedah and Kelantan, who also have similar passion.
Why no mass testing of covid 19? No wonder it spread like wild fire here. The DG being a doc has no solution. China poor country carried out few million of testing just in Hebei under minus freezing condition when a hundred gets infected. Imagine a few million Covid tests for a hundred infected in order to figure those with hidden virus but not showing any symptoms. Here how few? Drink air kosong and makan telor kosong?
Cuti cuti Malaysia local tourists in December 2020 contributed to the spread the covid-19 from Klang Valley epicentre to all the places in Malaysia?
more reason for them to get tested. negative, can go cuti cuti, positive how can they be released and spread around.
MCO 2.0. Stay at home.
Kita jaga kita.
Anil please have more uplifting articles to improve the mood of your readers.
Grogu, it is a bit hard to be uplifting given what is happening now. But we must not lose hope. People must remain committed to our parliamentary democracy, enshrined in our Constitution.
Read articles can be going in one ear and come out the other. Better to have a debate or discussion as how to do it better.
Stay at home, then we really need the 3 islands. Studies find that there is a population growth due to make love and no war unless we are willing a accept covid helps to cut down the population
SINGAPORE – In 2021, A total of 440,000 people will be able to receive matching amounts of up to $600 annually for cash top-ups made to their Central Provident Fund (CPF) retirement accounts, under a new scheme which kicks off this year. It allows anyone, including family members, employers or members of the community, to make top-ups to a person’s retirement account. Each dollar of cash top-up will be matched by the Government for the next five years, capped at $600 per year. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/440000-eligible-for-matching-amounts-for-cash-top-ups-to-cpf-retirement-accounts In contrast, in Malaysia we have i-Sinar for EPF members to withdraw from their account 1… Read more »
here what we get? Now times are really worse. Last time can get kangkong? Now no kangkong at all and orso run out of kang tau.
Umno to leave PN?
GE during Covid-19 pandemic?
UMNO’s fear that Bersatu could destroy it does have some basis.
But UMNO’s plans to cut ties with Bersatu hardly spells the end of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, says James Chin.
Pusat Kuarantin Balik Pulau terlalu sesak?
Fitch unit predicts muted foreign investment as political instability weighs on Malaysia’s appeal
Fitch Solutions said “high political risks” and a third wave of Covid-19 infections could also weigh on Malaysia’s financial account, as foreign investors are likely to keep capital needs at home.
Popular food blogger Food Ranger gives thumb up for Penang Dtreet Food
Locals must work out syrategies to gain UNESCO recognition. Then all can shriek out with joy.
Wawasan 2020 time capsule launched by Mahathir idecades back is supposed to be opened for public viewing this year, including his thoughts of advanced Malaysia in 2020.
I guess he does not realise the political tussle for power in 2020.
2021 Lights out for the iconic Penang Ferry!
Do you miss the old ferry?
Why the sudden rush to replace it?
Penang could have sought for UNESCO heritage recognition, right?
Yes, it’s a loss for Penang, BobaFett. Its potential was never fully realised. I am writing something on it now.