HAVE you started putting the challenges of Vision 2020 in place in your life? If not, it’s about time, what with the Merdeka celebrations a few days ago. This week, we continue with the remaining tenets of Vision 2020.
The fifth challenge is that of establishing a mature, liberal and tolerant society where Malaysians of all creeds and colours are free to practise and profess their customs, cultures and religious beliefs while feeling that they belong to one nation.
This may be our biggest challenge. Our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, but the practice is not ideal. We want and need all Malaysians to understand and respect each other’s religious beliefs if we are to achieve Vision 2020.
The Interfaith Commission Initiative was designed to directly address this challenge. Regrettably, the continued opposition to it is in fact opposition to our national vision by those who do not understand and do not want to understand.
The sixth is the challenge of establishing a scientific and progressive society, a society that is innovative and forward-looking, and one that is not only a consumer of technology but also a contributor to the scientific and technological civilisation of the future.
Being scientific and innovative requires a change in mindset. We need to activate our intuition and our right brains. This requires a change in our teaching methods.
Teaching so that we can pass exams does not inspire creativity. We are too obsessed with the number of “As” our children get. In developed countries, colleges and universities try to inspire creativity in their students with a variety of extracurricular activities and more.
Try making a complaint to an internet service provider or Telco about a technical problem and see how advanced we are. Our engineers have to accept that technology is not perfect and that wisdom and knowledge are not necessarily the same.
The seventh challenge is the challenge of establishing a caring society and culture, a social system in which society will come before self, in which the welfare of the people will revolve not around the state or the individual but around a strong and resilient family system.
If there is one challenge of Vision 2020 that is quoted more than any other, it is that we need to be caring. But how do we care? As a nation, we rise to the occasion every time our fellow Malaysians need help, but then red tape and bureaucracy take over. The question we have to ask is: do we care enough to speak when we see injustice in Malaysia and in other countries? Caring means taking a stand.
The eighth is the challenge of ensuring an economically just society. This is a society in which there is a fair and equitable distribution of wealth, in which there is full partnership in economic progress.
The caterpillar and the butterfly tell us that when we “make it too easy”, we condemn those who do not struggle to a life of dependency on someone always cutting our cocoon. I know all Malaysians are created equal in ability and opportunity. The policies that have been implemented to create equality have become crutches and have stopped those who could achieve from achieving.
The ninth challenge is the challenge of establishing a prosperous society, with an economy that is fully competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.
A dynamic, robust and resilient economy means we change the way we share and use information. We have to get rid of concepts of secrecy and start to trust our fellow Malaysians as mature enough to do the right thing with full information.
We need to know that the economy is the ninth challenge, NOT the first. Achieving Vision 2020 means working together in all nine challenges, not just the economic ones.
I believe VISION 2020 is a divine gift to Malaysia and the world. Vision 2020 has to be felt and lived in the hearts of every Malaysian to be achieved. I would love to see it added as an addendum to our Constitution. We have 15 years left. Unless we teach and practise it in our schools, our homes, our workplaces, it will remain merely a dream.
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I have made this call before and make it again. We need A Vision 2020 Achievement Council in the Prime Minister’s Department made up of all races with a spiritual commitment to Malaysia. I am willing to serve on such a council.
Someone must be responsible and accountable if we are to achieve our goal.
Remember Vision 2020 is not an economic objective – it is about changing the mindset of every Malaysian from Third World to First World.
The Prime Minister told us in his National Day address that the next generation must be nurtured for the country to realise its vision of achieving developed nation status by 2020.
We will know there is a political will to make Vision 2020 a reality when it is taught in our schools. Then within five years we will be spiritually alive with Vision 2020 and we will all be 2020 achievers.
There will only be a generation of Towering Global Malaysians when there has been a generation of Malaysians free of the past and united as one bangsa Malaysia. We need to start now.
Do you love your self enough to put Malaysia ahead of race and religion? Only when you do will Vision 2020 become a reality.
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