Monday, January 6, 2020

Big Plans That Remain Big Plans

A lame joke but the fact of the matter is, it is so very true!

Wawasan 2020 (or Vision 2020) – the brainchild of the fourth (now seventh) Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad (left) – was developed to meet the nine strategic challenges head-on in order for Malaysia to become a “fully developed country” by the year 2020. 

Of course, we know now that Vision 2020 is not going to happen. 

We have made many false starts in trying to move the nation forward and I think the tasks ahead are even more arduous, more difficult and more formidable. 

Not to mention that during the Najib Razak era (2009-2018), he (right) introduced the National Transformation Plan 2050 which effectively replaced Vision 2020 as the country’s road-map to first-world nation status. 

And with Mahathir back in power, he is bringing back his Vision 2020 and rebranding it as Shared Prosperity Vision 2030. 

In Malaysia, our brand of politics makes everything that is ‘possible’ becomes ‘impossible’. 

To even suggest to our politicians to grow up is already asking too much! But if the country is to progress, they must!

Therefore, it is not a surprise when pollster Merdeka Center reported that economic and political uncertainties have caused Malaysians to lose confidence in the country’s direction. They claimed 61% of Malaysians surveyed in November felt that the country was on the wrong track, with only 26% thinking the opposite. 

I am getting ready for the post-Toastmasters period of my life.

And I am picking up reading again. Fiction and non-fiction. 

The book I am reading now:

And the chapter:

For Toastmasters who erroneously think they’ve become ‘subject matter experts’ because they had supposedly built up to 300 unique competencies when they successfully completed the specialized learning paths, e.g. Dynamic Leadership, Leadership Development and Strategic Relationships – they should know that they had barely skimmed the surface! 

I sincerely recommend them to read books like the above because they have substance and they have depth – if they are really serious about wanting to learn about the relevant subjects. Just my two-cents' worth!

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