The roof of a spanking new stadium in Trengganu came off. It was built at a cost of RM270 million. A spanking new industrial park is hardly 15% percent filled up and it has already incurred more than RM7 billion.
More failures, more wastage, more controversies, more mediocrity...
What about the ding dong judgements made by the judiciary? Or the MACC which announced that it had obtained solid 'cow' and 'Lexus' evidence to nail a menteri besar? Or the police which went on a detention spree and decided not to charge any of those detained?
Yes, comical...but beneath the comedy lies a huge opportunity cost for the country. The fact is time is running out for a country which is still fidgeting with its flaws and weaknesses.
The approach used is also wrong. Whenever there is a crisis, the main approach used is to cover up, play 'taichi' and divert the fault to others (MIC's Vel Paari did this very well to defend his record in Maika), use threat of defamation suits or simply deny, deny, deny...
Guess how the South Koreans got back up on their feet after the 1997 financial crisis? What is Obama's approach to rescue several sloppy US corporate giants? What spurred China's emergence from a sick man of Asia to become an industrial giant?
It has to start with an acceptance of our weakness. Then, we should stay focus on finding a long-term and sustainable solution to overcome the weakness.
With the economy contracting more than expected (-6.2%), what is the government doing positively to turnaround the economy? What are the key action steps to ensure that the local industrial sectors are shaping up better to compete in the global economy once the dust settles? What are we planning to do to upgrade the skills of our workforce since we realised that going low cost and low skilled is not going to be a right way forward?
How to inspire innovation and creativity among our youths?
Some many questions, so few answers.
It is time we wake up!