PETALING JAYA: The new year always spells fresh hopes and dreams. Several ordinary Malaysians shared their diverse wishes for 2004, from wanting a better economy to yearning for more grandchildren.
Law student Matthew Wong, 19, said he hoped to see an increase in global literacy level, which he felt was a key to era-dicate poverty.
“I want to see better distribution of wealth, so that the socio-economic gap can be bridged,” he said.
Service engineer Ho Yik Cheang, 25, is looking forward to the day when roads are toll-free and car owners need not pay road tax.
“It is not impossible. After all, we did away with road taxes for motorcycles,” he said.
Salesgirl B. Thanaletchumy, 21, wants her loved ones to have a good future.
“I wish 2004 will brings lots of luck to my family and friends,” she said.
On her personal assets, she said: “I want to upgrade my Proton Satria to a Satria GTi.”
Interior decorator Sharifah Suraya Syed Alwee, 43, wishes to better herself next year.
“I just want to be myself, the real me. So far, I don’t feel myself.
“I hope to work harder and be a better me in 2004,” she said.
Sales executive Winnie Koh, 23, spoke on the importance of being happy.
“Being happy is more important than having money. There are those who are rich, but cannot find happiness.
“Don’t think about sad things too long as life has to go on.”
She also said it was important to be a friendly person.
“Be good to others and they will be good to you,” said the Sabahan who hopes to visit her family next year.
Kenneison Brother chief operating officer Lee Siow Hong, 40, said having good health and happiness were more important than accumulating health.
“What’s the point of having money if you don’t have health or happiness?” he said.
He also wished for a more peaceful year with less suffering and war.
Sales director Y.C. Wong said he hoped for a strong economy.
This was because prosperity was important to all, whether at a personal level or on a national scale, he said.
“The past years have been stressful; some people have lost jobs and investments. I hope this phase has passed,” he said.
Concierge Frederick Ho, 40, wished for economic growth while his colleague Zainool Rizam, also 40, hoped to better his career.
B. Krishnan, 53, a driver from Seremban, longed for more grandchildren.
“I only have one right now. I hope to have more next year,” he said.