posted on Oct, 12 2020 @ 06:31 PM
In 1995 I was stationed in SE Asia, Malaysia to be exact. I was in SE Asia for several years, but my time in Malaysia is the point of this post.
Back during this time Malaysia was undergoing exponential growth. The then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (long time and loved by
Malaysians) had put forth a program called "Vision 2020". The idea was to bring Malaysia to the forefront of 1st world economies by the year 2020.
During this phase they built the two world's tallest buildings (Petronas Towers), they hosted the ASEA games, and they were on top of the world in
electronics manufacturing (in fact still are, did you know almost all Intel chips are produced there).
The mantra from the ever popular "Dr. M" was the world would be a different place in 2020. I remember thinking how the whole "20/20" eyesight
thing was kind of tacky being paired with the "Vision" thing. Clever, but kind of dumb at the same time.
Then in 1997 George Soros wiped out the economy of SE Asia, just decimated it with currency speculation and short selling, much the same way as he had
done in Europe years before. SE Asia went into a serious recession as did much of the eastern world. (Note - One man did that, just one guy).
Anyway, times got tough towards the end of the 90's and I eventually returned Stateside, but the "Vision 2020" mantra never left the back of my
mind. The message was everywhere back in the day; every bus, every billboard, every advertisement, they were so proud.
Since those days, we've experienced the horrific events of Sept 11. 2001, the financial crisis of 2008 and too many other things to mention. And
now, in the year 2020, we face one of the biggest challenges of all. The stability and well being of one of the strongest nations in the free world
hangs in the balance, right now, in 2020.
So, as I look back on Dr. M's vision of "Vision 2020", all these years later, I wonder...are we really any better off than we were then? Was
Vision 2020 a foretelling of the future to come, or was it just a silly statement?
From my perspective, Malaysia never made it to the "1st world" by the year 2020. They came real close, but they didn't get there.
In the same breath, I wonder if the 1st world regressed, because personally I don't think we really matured to the 2020 milestone either. In fact, I
think life was actually better when everyone was still looking forward to the year 2020.
Now that 2020 is here...what do you think?