If only we had focused more on improving our railways instead of building so many tolled highways and a second Penang Bridge for motor vehicles.
Perhaps we could have had a more environmentally sustainable mode of public transport all across the country. Some of the older railway stations and locomotives and a couple of shorter scenic routes could also be preserved as part of our railway heritage, just as the UK has done for its old steam trains.
But we have neglected our railways for years – so that more people would use the highways and pay toll? Leaders like Mahathir and Samy Vellu were stuck in that mindset that equated highways (preferably tolled!) with progress. And of course, they also wanted to protect their national car project.
As a result, our railway system today is behind time by perhaps half a century!