After we marked Malaysia’s sixtieth yr as a federation yesterday, we might not have been faulted for questioning how we acquired to the place we’re right now.
After all many people weren’t there to witness the historic occasion, however we received’t be too far off the mark to imagine that everybody was filled with hope for his or her new nation.
However now, as we re-examine our place within the nation we name house, a few of us can’t assist however ponder how issues have gone so improper.
Let’s not even speak in regards to the racial divide and non secular variations which have come to outline us.
Financial points matter to everybody, even those that consider the Almighty will present. Prefer it or not, prostrating your self earlier than your picture of God doesn’t really put meals on the desk.
As we have fun Malaysia Day, we are able to’t assist however examine ourselves with Singapore, that appendage we determined to surgically take away like a most cancers practically six a long time in the past.
Many people nonetheless have household throughout the Causeway so we proceed to keep up ties on the private degree. We additionally wish to go to Singapore. It’s a excellent spot for purchasing.
Nevertheless it has change into too expensive to spend time there, even whether it is only for a couple of days.
For each greenback we spend in Singapore, we’re paying over 3 times extra in ringgit phrases.
When the foreign exchange market closed on Friday, the Singapore greenback was price RM3.43. So we now do our purchasing again in Penang, Kuala Lumpur or wherever else we reside in.
In the meantime, Singaporeans are spending their weekends teeing off or partying in Johor Bahru as a result of their stronger forex makes it so low cost for them.
If we spend time browsing the web, it’s simple to search out information that exhibits us the place else we’ve got been left behind.
Singapore has one of many world’s highest requirements of dwelling, and it’s also among the many richest. However then once more, we already know that.
Singapore’s 2023 GDP per capita is anticipated to achieve US$72,794 (RM340,675), making it the eighth most affluent nation on this planet. Malaysia, with US$11,109 (RM51,990), is at quantity 71, in keeping with a current article on CEOWorld journal.
Even our incomes capability dwarfs compared with our family members and mates down south.
It has been estimated that the common Malaysian will earn the equal of US$1,485 (RM6,949) a month this yr, in contrast with US$5,726 (RM26,797) for Singaporeans.
It’s no marvel that we’re shedding expertise to that tiny rock on the foot of the peninsula.
About 5.5% of Malaysians have moved overseas for higher prospects. The worldwide common is 3.3%.
Of those that have left Malaysia, about 1.3 million are in Singapore.
Think about how far more we are able to obtain if we are able to woo simply half of those emigrants house.
However identical to every thing else in Malaysia, the politics of race and faith will get in the best way.
Selamat Hari Malaysia!
The views expressed are these of the author and don’t essentially replicate these of FMT.