The World Bank defines a high-income nation based on the country’s GNI (Gross National Income), and for a couple of decades, it seems that Malaysia is a strong developing country at par with Singapore and Japan.
That was in the 60’s to the 80’s.
Today Singapore is ranked No. 3 in the world, Japan is at No. 23, and Malaysia… is at No. 57. To better understand what GNI is, watch the vid below. It’s pretty cool, like Sesame Street for adults:
Do you remember all these Vision 2020 drawings we did in school, and all the propaganda we’d see on advertising everywhere? It was devised by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad around 1991. However, there is still a lot left to do to achieve his vision, and initiatives like the Economic Transformation Programme and the Government Transformation Programme have sprouted, to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.
The Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) consists of individual projects that are developed to cover various key economic sectors/areas such as education, healthcare, wholesale, retail, etc. Since ETP started in 2010, it has created projects like the MRT, EduCity in Johor, and the MyProCert Programme (enabling more accessible and affordable professional certifications). These projects in turn create millions of jobs, attract foreign investors, and increase everyone’s quality of life by year 2020.
Whether we realise it or not, the ETP is, slowly transforming the lives of Malaysians from today till 2020 and will affect what we do, how we live, and ultimately, who we are. These projects won’t only transform the nation, but also help every Malaysian, every individual and every personality, realise their true potential and find their rightful purpose in our growing society.
To know more about various ETP-related projects, check out Citizen 2020 – a fun virtual journey where you make real life decisions and see what the future YOU is in 2020.
There are 10 possible personalities as the result for each gender:
To find out which one you are, a series of real-life scenario questions will determine your path in life. Here are some of the questions i had to answer when i took the virtual journey:
What’s YOUR next step in life??
I felt that i should be shopping in the sundry shop or the pasar komuniti but i do go to the hypermarket instead…
I could only pick three items? I wanted them all! Haha. I also had to choose what my typical grocery shopping list consisted of – to analyze whether the things i buy are locally-produced or imported.
There were a lot more questions i’m not including here, so you just have to play it yourself! In the end, i am…
So… do you think that’s me or not?
After getting my personality results, there are a list of facts to educate us to make choices that benefit our country. You don’t have to tell me that, as it is i’d rather support a local label than an international one, and i look out for where my food comes from and try to buy local organic produce.
ETP projects affect our lives in Malaysia more than we know, from the most basic things like grocery shopping or buying electrical appliances.
Try Citizen 2020 for yourself at etp.pemandu.gov.my/citizen2020