TN50 is as much about trans­form­ing the mind and spirit of Malaysians as it is the econ­omy

New Straits Times - - Opinion -

HERE there is no vi­sion, there is no hope,” so said Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver, an Amer­i­can botanist and in­ven­tor.

What has given us hope as a na­tion is Vi­sion 2020. That vi­sion, pro­mul­gated in 1991, en­vis­ages Malaysia to be a de­vel­oped na­tion; not just eco­nom­i­cally, but also po­lit­i­cally, so­cially, spir­i­tu­ally, psy­cho­log­i­cally and cul­tur­ally by 2020. We should also be­come fully united and so­cially co­he­sive. We should be an­chored in so­cial jus­tice, so­cial and spir­i­tual val­ues, and we should en­joy a qual­ity of life that au­gurs well for na­tional pride and con­fi­dence.

While the Vi­sion has re­mained in­tact over the past 27 years, it has gone through some quan­tifi­ca­tion. For ex­am­ple, to­day our yard­stick to measure our de­vel­oped sta­tus is a per capita in­come of US$12,475 (RM54,153). We have roughly three more years to go and have some catch­ing up to do on the other di­men­sions as well.

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