Malaysians have what it takes to be among the best in the world but they have to work hard for it, said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He referred to the Malaysian duo, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, who won the All-England men's doubles title in Birmingham on Sunday. I would like to add more names e.g. Nicole Ann David, Jimmy Choo, Michael Wong, Michelle Yeoh and others who have made it to the global stage.
Winners are created through healthy competitions. I am sure the prime minister is able to create more winners if he is willing to promote a meritocratic culture. If the elected representatives cannot perform, ship them out. If the local councillors did not do a good job, sack them. If any civil servants are found to be corrupted, take action against them.
Likewise, we should look beyond the colour of the skin when choosing the right person to do the right job. Reward those who deserved it. We need the right mindset and the right culture to be among the best.
But honestly, can Malaysians be the among the best with our current mindset and culture?