Vision 2020 to be delayed by twenty years, says government insider

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A high ranking government officer said that the nation’s dream of achieving
Vision 2020 is expected to be delayed for at least twenty years.

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was quick to add that
this should come as no surprise to all. “As with most government projects,
there will be delays and exponential increase in the cost. Unless this is
your first day in Malaysia, you should have known your government better.”

The news caused various reactions from the Malaysian public. An economist
said, “Economically speaking, in order to achieve Vision 2020, we need a
growth rate of 7% to 8% per annum. What do you think we are? China?? I
wonder who created the projected annual growth rate? Must be some
capitalist utopians. I could go on and on about how to fix the economy but
I shall be economical with my words. That’s all.”

To be fair, when Vision 2020 was announced in 1991 during the Sixth
Malaysian Plan, no one foresaw the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the
2007-2008 global financial crisis. Still, the policymakers must be dreaming
that rapid growth under capitalism will be perpetually exponential and did
not take into account the possibility of market volatility and meltdown.

Economic growth is not the only agenda of Vision 2020, however. The grand
plan listed nine challenges to be overcome by the nation in order to
“achieve a self-sufficient industrialized nation by the year 2020”. The
nine challenges are as follow:

Challenge 1: Establishing a united Malaysian nation made up of one Bangsa
Malaysia (Malaysian Race).

Challenge 2: Creating a psychologically liberated, secure and developed
Malaysian society.

Challenge 3: Fostering and developing a mature democratic society.

Challenge 4: Establishing a fully moral and ethical society.

Challenge 5: Establishing a matured liberal and tolerant society.

Challenge 6: Establishing a scientific and progressive society.

Challenge 7: Establishing a fully caring society.

Challenge 8: Ensuring an economically just society, in which there is a
fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation.

Challenge 9: Establishing a prosperous society with an economy that is
fully competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.

It looks like a good plan, but that’s precisely the problem. It “looks”
nice, but the implementation is the other way around. According to Datuk Dr
Ang Mo Sai from Universiti Kebangsaan Melayu Raya, “Look at the first
challenge. Our politics are taking an increasingly racial and religious
tone. Our education system is divided. MRSM, SBP, UiTM and UIA for the
Malays, vernacular schools and UTAR for the Chinese and Indians,
international schools and private colleges for the rich, and national
schools (SMK) and limited space in local universities for the rest of us
who couldn’t make into the first three categories. Some Malays are
insecure, overprotective and paranoid. Some Chinese want to be treated as
equal Malaysians but don’t want to learn and speak Malay. Bangsa Malaysia?
Good luck with that.”

The strong worded statement from the professor is backed up by a colleague
in the University of Malaysia. “Look at the second and fifth challenges.
Both contains the word “liberal”. If Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were to
announce Vision 2020 right now, right-wing conservatives would have went
hysterical and call him “sesat”, “liberal”, and perhaps even “un-Islamic”.
Speaking of which, I wonder why Vision 2020 did not include any Islamic
stuff like hudud or Shariah index. Maybe this is a secular nation after
all.  By the way, it’s not only the political and social fronts, but even
in the economic frontier, we are not liberal. So many monopolies, protected
players, quotas, and biased regulations. I don’t think we are going to
change that in five or perhaps twenty years.”

Ordinary Malaysians too joined the debate through social media. A Twitter
user by the name of @OhMakEngkau wrote, “If Vision 2020 is delayed by 20
years, does this mean it’s no longer Vision 2020?? My whole life is a lie.”

@TakBacaTapiNakKutuk tweeted, “I cannot believe people are taking this
report seriously. I knew Vision 2020 was just a political gimmick since
1991. #Lampi #24yearsahead”

On Facebook, Sempoi a/l Kumarmoorthy’s status has been shared over 2,000
times. He wrote, “Apa punya Vision 2020! Siapa mau kisah. Indians beaten to
death, nobody cares. India takda rumah, takda kerja, takda duit, orang
takda bising. Itu MIC gaduh or this abstract Vision 2020, semua bising.

Not all Malaysians are sceptical about Vision 2020. A local Sabahan, Ramly
Brader, wrote a lengthy note explaining his sympathy with Vision 2020. “I
still believe in it, but please remember Sabahans. We are your fixed
deposit and yet we are the poorest state. You talk about grand education
plan, but our schools lack basic facilities and funds. One in three persons
that I met on the street are illegal immigrants. Dear @NajibRazak, I hope
you will fix this. Bumiputeras have special rights too.”

Muhammad Ali Bin Muhammad Tyson posted, “Be grateful, y’all Malaysians. At
least you have Vision 2020, Vision 2040, or whatever it is. If certain
folks were to rule this country, Vision apa pun tak ada. Just moral
policing, ban this ban that, and arrest those not praying.”

Vision 2020 is a Malaysian ideal introduced by the former Prime Minister,
Tun Dr Mahathir in 1991. The vision calls for the nation to achieve a
self-sufficient industrialized nation by the year 2020, encompasses all
aspects of life, from economic prosperity, social well-being, educational
worldclass, political stability, as well as psychological balance. It has
since been reduced to rhetorics until it’s just five years away and the
nation realized that we couldn’t possibly achieve it, yet.

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