Sunday, June 7, 2009

The 9Th Methodist Convention - The Future Of Sarawak From A Christian Perspective - Part 3

Kee Hian quoted what our Lord Jesus Christ says in Matthew 25:29, " For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."

This parable of the talents was raised to emphasise an urgency for Malaysia to move away from complacency. In short, don't do things in the way like "business as usual". This point is pretty striking!

As mentioned earlier, Sarawak grows in tandem with Malaysia. It is, therefore, pertinent for Malaysia to come into the picture as a backdrop before we focus specifically on Sarawak.

A challenge confronting Malaysia presently is to transform the nation to a status of high income. After Najib took over the helm of the country, this challenging task (of upgrading our income status) came face to face with him.

Malaysia over the past three decades through economic opening up and reforms had admirably elevated its income status from low to middle (or moderate). The boldness and foresight of our past leaders in implementing economic reform model led to the successful rise of the nation. Obviously we are not going to stay stagnant - we have got to move up!

Fronting the nation now is an uphill task on how to take Malaysia to a status of high income.

Malaysia has to develop a new economic model urgently to lift the nation up. Simply put, to achieve high-income status, our mentality has to be shifted away from "business as usual" (or biasa lah attitude).
Photo: Wong Meng Lei

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