A welcome refuge after the good, bad and ugly


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Sep 2010

FOR many years, I lived and worked in many countries, including England, Holland and Sri Lanka. Living abroad gave me an “outside in” perspective of Malaysia.

Having experienced “the good, the bad and the ugly” aspects of living abroad, I have learned to appreciate how much Malaysia has become a homely refuge.

My family and I always looked forward to returning home to Malaysia for our holidays as a time to recover and to take refuge.

I have always felt that entering MAS planes was like arriving home. For me, Malaysia is my home and refuge.

Now that I am living in Malaysia and working in the Government, I can have an “inside out” perspective.

For me, Malaysia means hope for a transformed and successful nation; hope for a better future.

I believe we can truly transform to become a high income nation, where all Malaysians can share in the prosperity that we can create together.

Malaysia is big enough for everyone and we have so much going for our country.

We need to focus on growing the economy and learning to live within our means.

We must unleash the collective talents of our people to do this and learn to celebrate successes rather than succumb to jealousy.

I really believe we are at a crossroads and my hope is for Malaysia to pursue a transformational journey.

In a nutshell, Malaysia to me means my homely refuge and my transformational hope.

Datuk Seri Idris Jala is Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Department and chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).

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