15
Jun
07

Vision 2057

“…34. A HUNDRED YEARS OF MERDEKA WILL 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, SOME OF THE BEST SPORTSPERSONS ON THE PLANET – DARE I EVEN SAY THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM IN ASIA. OUR STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS WILL DOMINATE IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES AND OUR OWN UNIVERSITIES WILL BE CITADELS OF EXCELLENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS.

35. WE WILL BE PIONEERS IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, DRAWING ON OUR STRENGTH IN BIOFUELS. OUR CITIES WILL BE THE MOST LIVABLE IN THE GLOBE BLENDING COSMOPOLITAN FACILITIES THAT ARE ROOTED IN OUR TOLERANT AND JUST SOCIETAL ETHOS. WE WILL HAVE MANAGED TO SUCCESSFULLY FIND OUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD. THE RISE OF REGIONAL ECONOMIC POWERS WILL NOT HAVE LEFT US IN OBLIVION, BUT MOTIVATED US TO FIND OUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AND LEAD IN MANY STRATEGIC INDUSTRIES. WE WILL BECOME A TRUE LOGISTICS HUB, THE UNDISPUTED ISLAMIC FINANCIAL CENTRE, AND THE GLOBAL REFERENCE POINT FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MODERN AGRICULTURE.

36. THIS IS THE MALAYSIA IN MY DREAMS FOR 2057. THIS IS WHAT I MEAN BY TERBILANG. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF ADVANCEMENT.

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Thus saith AAB in his speech at the KL Business Club Dinner last night. Big words-no, not the caps-indeed.

Looks like somebody is trying to stamp his mark on the pages of history too. If Mahathir will be remembered for Vision 2020, AAB wants to be remembered for Vision 2057.

Taking him literally to his word, I think that AAB was just being shallow.

Accuse me of being a naysayer, but big words spoken in a context of a nation whose 18 year olds are forced to go on a state sponsored summer camp just ring hollow.

Vision 2057 is AAB’s vision for a Malaysia that will be built on the ability to pride itself for it achievements-not achievements that are defined on our own terms-but achievements that are defined on what other countries think are “achievements”. It’s keeping-up-with-the-Joneses at the level of international relations. Go down his list, which one these are from a uniquely Malaysian point of view?
And without a point of view, how do you (AAB) expect Malaysian intellectuals to be taken seriously in Ivy League universities?

Go down the list and you will see a list of things that AAB hopes Malaysians will be in 50 years time-the sort of things that have already been achieved today (by other countries) but which AAB thinks will still be “achievements” in 50 years time. (e.g. how can we be a “pioneer in alternative energy” when the EU has started such research a long time ago?) Give the man a change of spectacles; he needs it in more ways than one-Malaysia already has many “internationally acclaimed poets and artists”. Yasmin’s “Mukhsin” won 2 awards at the Berlin film festival for instance. And we had many others in the past before stale religious conservativeness choked it all away.

Maybe it’s a feel good session, an after dinner banter. In that case I shouldn’t take him too seriously, and so why should I take him seriously in the future?

Also read: Lim Kit Siang’s take on it.

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moogleBorn and bred in KL, Malaysia. Now studying for his Phd in Singapore. Learning to walk one fall at a time.
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