Wawasan 2020 or Vision 2020 is a Malaysian ideal introduced by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad. The vision calls for the nation to achieve a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year 2020, encompasses all aspects of life, from economic prosperity, social well-being, world-class education, political stability, as well as psychological balance.
Given 5 years to go from now till year 2020, here we review ourselves against the 9 challenges Tun Mahathir lamented that the nation requires to overcome in order to achieve Vision 2020.
Is the nation prepared to welcome Wawasan 2020? You judge.
Challenge 1: Establishing a united Malaysian nation made up of one Bangsa Malaysia (Malaysian Race).
With the recent Low Yat Plaza incident, racial tension has been proven to be still easily manipulated.
Challenge 2: Creating a psychologically liberated, secure and developed Malaysian society.
Is our country psychologically open-minded? And is our country safe and secure? I’m sure we all have the true answer.
Challenge 3: Fostering and developing a mature democratic society.
How can one country be a mature democratic society when there is no freedom of expression?
Challenge 4: Establishing a fully moral and ethical society.
Honest, Righteous, Honorable, and Principled are some of those words you can relate with for this challenge. Do we have a fully ethical society?
Challenge 5: Establishing a matured liberal and tolerant society.
Obama said it all. And perhaps we are being too tolerant for how many things fall in place.
Challenge 6: Establishing a scientific and progressive society.
It would be unfair to say that Malaysia hasn’t been progressing; but our internet speed sums up how “fast” we progress.
Challenge 7: Establishing a fully caring society.
We won’t be one fully caring society until we care for our surroundings.
Challenge 8: Ensuring an economically just society, in which there is a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation.
You know it’s hard to achieve a fair and equitable distribution when donations go the wrong way.
Challenge 9: Establishing a prosperous society with an economy that is fully competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.
Perhaps its a global phenomenon, but it is also evident from the weakening ringgit that Malaysia’s political upheaval is making things worse.
This article was first published on TallyPress, an online ranking magazine that revolves around the hottest topics in Malaysia. The original post can be read here and all images are taken from that article.