Thought of the day

I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul. ~William Ernest Henley, Invictus

Government's promises are like the Ringgit, they depreciate with time.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Watched a documentary on how Singapore has evolved from mangrove to metropolis within 4 decades and continue to reinvent itself as one of the four Dragons in Asia.

No factories, natural resources, scarce land and manpower, Lee Kuan Yew, the Prime Minister then wept when he stood affront a live telecast to announce the expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965. Look at the little red dot now: it sure has implemented laudable move after move to reach to where it is today. Some of the few salient achievements captured through the show are as follows:
  • The government initiated numerous world class organizations and companies which are competent in the global commerce arena and continue to flourish without any aids from the regime itself. One good example is the Singapore Airlines (SIA) – one of the most profitable aviation companies in the world.
  • It established the home ownership policy which was later adopted by the British who was the colonial master back in the English East India Company era.

This reminds me of this song:

There was a time when people said

That Singapore won't make it

But we did

There was a time when troubles

Seemed too much for us to take

But we did

We built a nationStrong and free

Reaching out together

For peace and harmony

Pondering the progress back in Bolehland for more than five decades, I would say that the quality and mind set of the leaders really make a difference. Please step up and speed up, my beloved tanah air, before the petroleum is depleted.

Fun facts:

Do you know that the "SI" was added in between the "y and the "a" of Malaya to form MalaySIa when Singapore joined Malaya?

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