KUALA LUMPUR – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticism of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) has been described by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin as extremely sad and disappointing, as it shows that the former prime minister has simply dismissed the collective aspirations of young Malaysians.
Khairy said: “The TN50 is the voice of young Malaysians where millions have come forward to share their hopes, dreams and aspirations to build the future together.
“But for you (Dr Mahathir), it is just about your personal legacy. It has been reduced to Vision 2020 vs TN50. How sad. And how petty.
“I have explained countless times in great detail how both are part of the grand narrative of the Malaysian story. A continuum of success and development. But for you, it is all about your legacy. ‘Me, myself, Mahathir.’ ”
Khairy was responding via a statement to Dr Mahathir’s comment yesterday that the TN50 was the government’s admission that it had failed to deliver on his Vision 2020.
Vision 2020 was Dr Mahathir’s brainchild introduced during the tabling of the Sixth Malaysia Plan, and aims for Malaysia to achieve self-sufficient industrialised nation status by 2020.
TN50, mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the 2017 Budget on Oct 21, 2016, is a futuristic policy to chart the country’s direction over a period of 30 years after 2020.
In the same statement, Khairy also refuted the claim by Dr Mahathir that TN50 had copied Vision 2020, saying it (TN50) was a continuation of the long-term plan that had been implemented in efforts to develop Malaysia.
He said as Vision 2020 would end in two years, the country needed a new aspiration which took into consideration the latest developments, which did not exist when Vision 2020 was introduced.
“Is Tun Dr Mahathir of the view that after 2020, we don’t need anymore long-term plan and a new aspiration to take our country further forward?
“I feel that the people of Malaysia wish to see us set a higher target for the next 30 years, and not become a stagnant country and no longer chasing development,” he said. – BERNAMA