When the southern development corridor (I do not know what is it being called now) was launched by Pak Lah in 2007, most viewed it as an ingenious attempt by the BN government to bolster the economic development of the country to unprecedented heights, and to fast track the country to achieving a developed status by year 2020.
There was pomp and splendor at the launching of this ambitious project, with the HRH Sultan of Johor, and a host of distinguished dignitaries gracing the occasion.
Not too long after the launching of the southern development corridor, two other development corridors were announced (though not as conspicuous as the first) i.e. northern, and eastern development corridors, that is supposedly to cost trillions of ringgit, and with the hope of generating thousands of jobs.
A year has passed and the general elections long over, there is quiescent as to the status of all the three development corridors.
One wonder, have the bulldozers stopped clearing the land, or the recent petroleum hike and the rising cost of construction material called for a temporary halt to the projects? Or has the investors (whoever they maybe) suddenly changed their mind on investing? There has also been no write up of late, in the mainstream media concerning the development corridors.
Now, with the ‘changing of baton’ scheduled mid 2010 between Pak Lah and Najib, and the uncertainty of the corridors ever getting off the ground within a two year period, a change of leadership remains elusive. I believe Pak Lah would surely want to see at least one of his development corridor complete to savour some sense of personal pride and achievement, and this is quite natural of leaders.
With Anwar charging for a change of government by September this year, and should this charge be effectively stalled by Pak Lah, Anwar’s only option will then be to vigorously maintain the pressure on Pak Lah. This option will only strengthen Pak Lah’s resolve not concede, but may opt to remain in power beyond year 2010.
Should the above be the political reality over the next two years, Najib and Rosmah might as well sing ‘Goodbye My Love’.