Nov 26, 2008
Singapore’s Minister Mentor and founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has always been very smart and popular with his excellent leadership quality. The Singapore cabinets consist of dedicated and intelligent technocrats whereas Malaysia has only weak cabinets. Singapore is a respected nation worldwide especially among ASEAN countries for being outstanding in various sector including education, economy, health care, security, transport system, governing competency and so on. But nothing much I can be proud of Malaysia.
With that kind of composition, that is very brainy, naturally Singapore, with no natural resources could outstrip Malaysia in every aspect of development. Malaysia, on the other hand, was too much preoccupied with its irrelevant and outdated policies such as NEP and few others. Why look East to Japan and Korea (Dasar Pandang ke Timur) to follow their principles? I would advise them to emulate Singapore and invite Lee Kuan Yew to teach them what is good governance in reality.
Whenever Kuan Yew utters anything that deemed to be a slight on Malaysia, voices were raised admonishing him. Malaysia would never dare to face reality. That Singapore had proven that it could survive, it was a slap on those who believed that Singapore would bankrupt up once it left Malaysia. Therefore it was natural that these kind of people would try to rationalise their comments although they know its irrelevant just to combat on whatever Kuan Yew's opinions about Malaysia. In an interview in Singapore, Kuan Yew said that Malaysia could have done better if only it treated its minority Chinese and Indian population fairly. Instead they were completely marginalised and lots of best brains professionals left the country.
Malaysia is now more than 51 years old nation full of scandals and dilemmas haunting around its citizen. The racial divide has become more sensitive. The number of Malaysian graduates unemployed is on the increase. And this aspect can be very explosive. But I haven’t seen any positive actions have been taken to address these social ills. Various excuses were given by Malaysian leaders why Singapore had far outstripped Malaysia in all aspects of social and economic advancement. Singapore was small, they rationalised and therefore easy to manage. Singapore was not a state but merely an island. Malaysia has abundance of natural resources but none can lay claim to have used all these resources to benefit the people. Poverty in rampant and self-government had not brought in any large benefits to the people.
Tiny Singapore without any resources at all managed to bring development to its citizens. It had one of the best public MRT transport systems and airlines in the world and it is a very clean city state. Their universities, health care, ports are among the best in the world. I hope the best from my Malaysia too; I think I have my rights to dream so. Some of my friend always says that I'm not being patriotic since I condemning Malaysia by comparing to other nations especially Singapore.
It is impossible to compare what Singapore has achieved to what our nation had so far achieved. It was actually poor administration and corruption, and nothing more that effected Malaysia. Singapore ousts Malaysia in the governance systems/policies and serious fights against corruption, that’s their secret to be an economy powerhouse in this region. Stop critics on Singapore and let’s take them as model to shape up Malaysia as better place to live.