Are we ready to become an "advanced nation"?


With a culture that doesn’t strive for excellence, we cannot help but develop in a mediocre way, or worse. Whether we make First World status or not, our mindset will most probably remain Third World.

As we begin the new year and realise that we are only six years away from the magical 2020 when – as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promised – we will become an advanced nation, it might be apt to speculate whether we are ready for it.

From where we stand today, it doesn’t look likely that Malaysia can meet the per capita income and GDP criteria to be considered an advanced nation by then, but if – by some miracle – we manage to, does it mean that, economics aside, we will truly meet the grade of an advanced nation?

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