Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Telitikan Data Sebenar / Joke of the week

(SABTU HARI KUNING! / YELLOW SATURDAYS!)

Daya Saing Malaysia Ke-8 di Dunia? Telitikan Data Sebenar

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Dakwaan Perdana Menteri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi bahawa Malaysia kini di tangga kelapan dunia dalam konteks daya saing negara adalah satu fakta yang sengaja diputarbelitkan.

Penelitian menyeluruh kepada data yang dikeluarkan mendapati bahawa fakta tersebut adalah betul tetapi hanya di kalangan kategori negara-negara yang mempunyai populasi 20 juta penduduk ke atas.

Merujuk kepada Laporan Daya Saing Dunia 2007 seperti yang dipetik oleh Perdana Menteri, hakikatnya Malaysia hanya menduduki tempat ke 23 di dalam dunia. 15 daripada 22 negara yang menduduki tangga lebih tinggi di atas Malaysia pada tahun 2007 mempunyai populasi kurang daripada 20 juta penduduk, manakala 7 daripada 22 negara tersebut melebihi 20 juta penduduk.

Kedudukan kebolehsaingan Malaysia pada tahun 2006 adalah di tangga 22, dan pada tahun 1997 di tangga ke-17.

Keputusan Abdullah untuk mengeluarkan fakta yang bercelaru ini adalah usaha yang sangat lemah untuk menyembunyikan fakta bahawa asas-asas ekonomi Malaysia telah gagal bergerak di bawah pemerintahannya.

Daya saing Malaysia semakin merosot dan dalam keadaan di mana ekonomi kita dulunya setaraf dengan Singapura dan Hong Kong, kita sekarang di kedudukan ke 23 di seluruh dunia, manakala Singapura di kedudukan kedua dan Hong Kong ketiga.

Jelasnya, kita memerlukan kepimpinan yang lebih berwibawa sekiranya Malaysia ingin memperkasakan ekonominya sebagai gagasan ekonomi bertaraf global.

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Prime Minister Abdullah�s claim that Malaysia is currently ranked 8th in the world in terms of competitiveness is deliberately misleading.

Closer examination of the data reveals that this is true only within the category of countries with a population of 20 million or more.

According to the full World Competitiveness Report 2007 as cited by the Prime Minister, Malaysia is in fact ranked only 23rd in the world. Fifteen of the twenty-two countries ranked above Malaysia in 2007 have populations of less than 20 million people, while seven of the twenty-two have populations exceeding 20 million.

Malaysia�s competitiveness ranking in 2006 was 22nd, and in 1997, it was 17th.

Prime Minister Abdullah�s decision to resort to such misdirection is a weak attempt to hide the fact that Malaysia�s economic fundamentals have weakened progressively under his government.

Malaysia�s competitiveness is plumetting and where once our economy stood shoulder to shoulder with countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, we are now ranked 23rd in the world, they are ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.

We are clearly in need of a higher calibre of leadership if Malaysia is to realise its full potential as an economy of global stature.

Anilnetto

Joke of the week

So far, Malaysians have been entertained by the almost farcical proceedings of the commission of inquiry into the Lingam tape. Come on, we all know the real state of the judiciary.

But the joke of the week must be in the Malaysiakini headline just now. I burst out laughing when I read it.

Apparently, he fears money politics and vote-buying tactics will be deployed to stem the ruling coalition�s losses.

He cannot be serious.

I remember some serious splashing out of �development� grants and announcements of development projects during election campaigns of the Mahathir era. Absolutely no understanding of how a caretaker government should behave in the run-up to the polls.

So pardon me while I try to stop laughing.

But of course, the Abdullah administration is unlikely to be any better. Just look at how much money was splashed around during the Ijok by-election campaign. It even prompted Samy Vellu to marvel, �Ten years� development was delivered in 10 days.�

Talk about vote buying!

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