In short my answer is doubtful.
In reality, many will agree with me unless they want to paint a false picture or intensive transformation occurs in the next 5 years. Our country has gone through many obstacles and developed into what we are today. We are left with another few years to achieve the planned vision 2020 of becoming a developed nation. Unfortunately as it is today, apparently the said vision may be seem far-fetching, considering our economic, education and mindset of the people be it ordinary civilians, businessmen or politicians; are not really moving that direction.
I am not telling anything new when I say we are not improving. We haven’t made much progress in terms of economy, tackling corruption and extremism or to achieve true unity regardless of race and religion. Forget about what was reported or said by certain quarters. To some, GST, removal of petrol subsidies, rename of roads or stay of Sedition Act is no big deal. They just want our country especially the government or civil servants to think and perform effectively and honestly. They want to be treated fairly regardless of backgrounds. As the saying goes: best man wins (ie base on meritocracy or needs of the deserved one) instead of the boot- lickers’ victory (though sometimes it is inevitable). It should not be about taking care of one race or feeding projects or monies to the undeserved ones. Others get a mere token of consolation just to make things look good. Stay and observe for a week or two in nearby developed countries like Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong; we shall see the difference.
Recent politicking particularly on racial and religion issues does not seem to achieve a satisfactory situation. Two things have changed since many started looking into moderation: our racial unity has profoundly deteriorated, and politics has redefined how the country is run. Now if such remains unresolved, how do we expect to achieve developed status?
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak started with a noble and worthy intention but today many see lack of courage, will and boldness in him due to political reason especially towards his own party.
Like it or not, issues such as extremism, corruption, 1MDB and education system have caused many to lose confidence. Politically it has laid down a better foundation for the Opposition in the next general election. More unfortunately is more Malaysians are doubtful the country can move forward not to mention achieving the Vision 2020.
The world has changed, and it’s going to keep on changing. We have to accept that. We also need to accept that we don’t have a God given right to anything. Fortunately our Federal Constitution has laid down the foundation. It is the bedrock of the society; a cause which Gerakan is always fighting for. It takes bold steps to make real changes…