Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Dr M on high income: What about the hard work needed?

Dr M is regarded as a "populist" politician. The Tun is a master communicator. Thus, when he speaks of Malaysian needing to become a a high-income economy that is built on domestic demand and wealth, we need to listen and, listen well, lest we swallow everything and suffer from the mental equivalent of indigestion.

That phrase, "a high-income economy that is built on domestic demand and wealth" needs to be examined.

That phrase speaks of the effect. That is the end-result that is sought. That is the veritable Utopia and Nirvana that we all seek as Malaysians.

Dr M has on other occasions elucidated on the process needed to get there. That is the cause that we need to remind ourselves about.

Cause and effect.

It is easy to imagine the effect. But, it is very, very, very tough to apply our minds to the causes needed to get to that effect. Get it?

Why am I belabouring this point?

Let me tell you why.

Malaysians, and I mean all ethnic groups, are delusional when it comes to their economic worth.

Even when there is an objective measure of productivity such as output, many Malaysian employees choose to be ignorant or, choose to be in denial about the limitations of their abilities. Malaysians want more income but don't want to put in more hours of work.

Many Malaysians are too lazy to read or, enrol in courses and programmes to improve themselves...unless it is for free...and, even then...

Others are indolent. They just want to be told what to do...and, then, they get angry with being ordered about...

So, the process of transforming from a low-cost, export-oriented economy into a high-income, domestic consumption-led economy is going to be a long and difficult process.

The first step is to change our mindset.

But, how do you tell a cow in a field full of verdant grass that it needs to sacrifice eating grass and pull the plough more? Pull out the whip?

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1 comment:

donplaypuks® said...

Ther are too many rent collectors, Mr.10%'s and crony flip-projects artistes created by a maladministered NEP to want to think about the ethics of hard work and results.

UMNO/BN is too set in its ways to cahnge.