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EVERY once in a while, voices emerge out of the woodwork to raise scepticism on Pemandu’s role and relevance. The last few weeks were no different. I would group the grumblings into these buckets:
PETALING JAYA: Performance Management and Delivery Unit chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Seri Idris Jala has been named one of Bloomberg Markets’ “50 Most Influential” people under the “policy maker” category.
LIKE death and taxes, getting old, ill and dependant are inevitable. It’s an easily dismissed subject when you are a strapping lad but with the passing years, the realities of illness and aging cripple some of us who are not prepared.
VILLAGES all over the world, including in Malaysia, undergo similar development cycles. Urbanisation and access to better education has led to many young people leaving the villages for life in towns.
GONE are the days where we lived in the comforts of our bordered geographies, choosing to buy and sell only when it serves our purpose. In today’s highly globalised world, we have no choice but to be more interconnected and interdependent if we want growth and economic resilience.
INADVERTENTLY when I attend social events, someone will highlight a personal encounter where they paid a bribe to solve a problem. “There you go, Idris, corruption is rampant in this country and the reason why we will fail to progress,” they tell me.