For those who have not read my post about the Inconvenient truth yesterday which was listed in Malaysiakini blog corner, , you are advised to read it first before reading this post. By the way, yesterday’s post received tremendous response and was one of the top posts in WordPress.com.
This one is about our cake. Our economic cake.
In the early sixties, just after our independence, our Malaysian cake was about 3 times the size of the Korean cake, despite having a smaller population.
In the early 80s, the Korean cake has caught up with us and was about the same size as our cake, but per capita wise, each of us still eat more cake than the Korean because we have a smaller population.
In 2006, the Korean cake has become 4 times as big as our cake. Despite their population being much bigger than us, each Korean now eats more cake than each Malaysian.
What went wrong?
If we care to stop and ponder for a while, the reason is very simple.
It is because our politicians are too engrossed in how to divide the cake rather than how to expand the cake.
If from the start, our emphasis has been on how to expand the cake, like the Koreans, we would have maintain our lead over the Koreans, and each of us now would have a much bigger cake to eat.
If we have been busy expanding our cake, we could have reached first world status by now. Our per capita cake share would have reached the standard of the first world, and all of us, regardless of race, would be much richer.
We could have afforded better education for our kids, we could have afforded better housing, we could have afforded better transport system, better healthcare and the list would go on and on…..
The government would have bigger cake too, which means that there would be more money to help the poor, both rural and urban; more money to give scholarships for children of the poor, irregardless of colour; more money to build more schools, more colleges and universities.
Sometimes, we need to look further ahead rather than just look at the things in front of our eyes. If we have been more farsighted , all of us would have been rewarded with abigger share of cake by now.
The inconvenient truth that has caused our cake to grow slower than the Koreans, the Hongkies, the Singaporeans is very simply this: we have been too engrossed in dividing the cake rather than expanding the cake.
We know this inconvenient truth, both the politicians and the people. Are we like the second category of patients mentioned in my post yesterday who are in a self denial state?
The questiion is :
Are we bold enough to face this inconvenient truth, change our tactic and try to concentrate on expanding the cake rather than dividing the cake? This surely needs the political will of a leadership that does not just think of votes but rather the well beings of the country.