"If you insist on being concerned with only your share of the cake, then this country will soon have only crumbs to eat."
In his article, Aisehman highlighted the fact that "foreign investors have little enthusiasm for Malaysia -- but it has little to do with traditional business factors such as production costs."
Below are some key points he cited:
"There is really an increasingly widespread perception that conditions of doing business here in Malaysia are not that attractive anymore," said Thierry Rommel, ambassador of the EU Commission to Malaysia.
In the commenter's, Aussiemate cited Michael Backman's thesis entitled:
While Malaysia fiddles, its opportunities are running dry
November 15, 2006
Below is an abstract I like to cite:
MALAYSIA'S been at it again, arguing about what proportion of the economy each of its two main races — the Malays and the Chinese — owns...It's a tough world out there and there can be little sympathy for a country that prefers to argue about how to divide wealth rather than get on with the job of creating it.
Few countries are as good at wasting money. It is richly endowed with natural resources and the national obsession seems to be to extract these, sell them off and then collectively spray the proceeds up against the wall. This all happens in the context of Malaysia's grossly inflated sense of its place in the world.
Malaysians are very proud of these towers. Goodness knows why. They had little to do with them. The money for them came out of the ground and the engineering was contracted out to South Korean companies.
They don't even run the shopping centre that's beneath them. That's handled by Australia's Westfield.
Next year, a Malaysian astronaut will go into space aboard a Russian rocket — the first Malay in space. And the cost? $RM95 million, to be footed by Malaysian taxpayers. But what is Malaysia getting by using the space programs of others as a taxi service? There are no obvious technical benefits, but no doubt Malaysians will be told once again, that they are "boleh". The trouble is, they're not. It's not their space program.
Back in July, the Government announced that it would spend $RM490 million on a sports complex near the London Olympics site so that Malaysian athletes can train there and "get used to cold weather". But the summer Olympics are held in the summer.
So it's in this context that the latest debate about race and wealth is so sad.
It is time to move on, time to prepare the economy for life after oil. But, like Nero fiddling while Rome burned, the Malaysian Government is more interested in stunts like sending a Malaysian into space when Malaysia's inadequate schools could have done with the cash, and arguing about wealth distribution using transparently ridiculous statistics.
That's not Malaysia "boleh", that's Malaysia "bodoh" (stupid).
I don't think I need to add any further as the short thesis explains the future of the country.
Don't cry for me Malaysia!
The astronaut - yet to be selected - will play "batu seremban,'' or "five stones'' and spin traditional Malay tops in space, Agriculture Ministry parliamentary secretary Rohani Abdul Karim told parliament on Wednesday.
Rohani, who was replying on behalf of the Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry, said the astronaut would also do batik painting and making teh tarik.
She said this in reply to comments made by MPs on what the Malaysian astronaut might do in the International Space Station.
Rohani said the training programme for the Malaysian astronaut in Russia would not cost the Treasury a single sen.
So, you hear it? Malaysia sent astronaut to outer space is to show the world that our astronaut can play batu seremban and Malay tops in space, including batik painting and making teh tarik.
That's why we spent RM80 million. And the rural schools are having financial problem to get the basic amenities and facilities for which Johor MB said was the reason they shouldn't be evaluated using the meritocracy system which is discriminatory.