Why I Think Malaysia Will Be The Best Place To Live In The Next


by: Woo Tai Kwan (First prize winner in the STAR 25th anniversary essay
competition (Category C - adults)


Should a fairy godmother suddenly appear before me with a crystal ball, a
magic wand and a world atlas, and give me the liberty to select the country I’d
like to live in 25 years from now, without a second’s hesitation, I would point to
that small nondescript, elongated peninsula straddling the equator called
Malaysia. The reason is very simple. I firmly feel that 25 years hence,
Malaysia would be one of the nicest - if not THE nicest - places to call
“home”.

Let us take a little journey down the corridors of time and cast a glance at the
destiny of some of the nations of the world over the past five decades. There is
war and famine in some, greed and suffering in others. Quite clearly,
Malaysia has reason to stand proud among the countries of the world. There
is plentiful sunshine and rainfall, while the soil is rich and the harvests
plentiful. Even Mother Nature has seen fit to bless Malaysia by exempting her
from its tantrums - there are no tsunamis and earthquakes, no floods and
droughts, no hurricanes and typhoons. Consequently, there is no need to live
in fear of nature’s sudden and unabated fury; no need to be constantly on the
lookout for unexpected destruction and devastation Freed from the
encumbrances of having to battle with the forces of nature, Malaysians are
empowered to pursue lifestyles of their own liking. The economy is booming,
jobs are for the taking... this is the senario today and there seems little reason
to expect this scenario to change adversely within the next 25 years. In fact,
with proper management and leadership, the outlook for Malaysia in the next
25 years may even improve.

Just for starters, imagine coming home after a day\'s work to a spotlessly spick
and span house filled with the tantalising aroma of rich coffee and roast
chicken, all waiting to welcome one home... Which Malaysian
housewife-cum-career lady has not dreamed of this before? And yet, this
dream may well become a reality just 25 years from now - all because of the
winds of technological change, which are sweeping through the country right
now. Pping! Just press that little button on your wristwatch 30 minutes before
you head home and it\'d activate the gamut of gadgets that will start the kettle
singing, the rice boiling, the washing machine churning and the vacuum
cleaner vrooming, and hey presto, all those tiresome household chores would
be done before you can say Abracadabra! Ridiculous, you say? Well, with
the setting up of the headquarters of computer giants in the Multimedia Super
Corridor and the pace of development of artificial intelligence being what it is
today, everything and anything is possible, and I, for one, am most definitely
looking forward to some exciting changes in our lifestyles within the next 25
years.

And as we get into our cars and head towards home, we can rest tranquil in
the knowledge that there will be no apoplexy-inducing traffic jams to brave
through just to get out of the city - thanks to the network of Light Rail Transit
criss-crossing the country and the emergence of monorail taxis which have
taken the pain out of public transportation. Going home after work in 25 years\'
time would be a real pleasure as one breezes down three tiered super
highways, drinking in the kaleidescope of changing scenery leading out of the
Kuala Lumpur City Center and enjoying the sight of the interesting
architectural landmarks sprouting up all over the country. Twenty-five years
hence, the choice of homes would also be more varied. There would be
bigger, more spacious low-cost homes for the economically less able and
luxuriously furnished condominiums replete with swimming pool, gym, sauna
for those so inclined. And for those who favour the country way of life, think of
what a heady experience going home everyday will be - speeding along
jam-free highways to the sprawling country home nestled amidst green, rolling
plains.

Twenty-five years from now would also see a tremendous boost