KUALA LUMPUR: Bad governance, money politics and failure to effectively tackle problems plaguing the masses translate into erratic voting patterns, says Thai-based Nation-Building Institute International (NBII) chairman Prof Dr Kriengsak Chareonwongsak (pic).
He said that politics should be purged of "selfish" individuals who were only focussed on securing power for themselves, as they would hamper initiatives aimed at freeing countries out of the middle income trap by cutting deals to enrich themselves at the expense of national interests.
"Most middle-income countries are associated with poor governance because of existence of politicians who are interested only in enriching self and groups," he said.
He said governments should collaborate with the business fraternity and civil society movements to effectively tackle the complex challenges involved in freeing countries from the middle-income trap.
"Joint responsibility, joint contracts and joint platforms between the three parties (government, businesses and civil groups) is the way forward towards becoming a high-income nation.
"Developing a country towards becoming a high income nation is just one of the indicators of nation building.
"But to achieve true success in nation-building, people must remain united and be willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the nation.
"As Napolean Hill said, great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness," he said.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin called on housewives to not downgrade themselves as second-class citizens.
"Mothers play a key role in nation building, from the moment they breastfeed and nurture their children," she said.
The Bangkok-based NBII organised the event in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) and Centre for Research, Advisory and Technology (Create).
With the theme "Connecting Government, Business and Civil Society Towards the Development of a High-Income Nation", the conference brought together experts from diverse sectors around the world to share their perspectives on collaborative connections to move a country towards becoming a high-income nation.
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