The following is a complete
text of the Working Paper - The Way Forward
presented by His Excellency YAB Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir
Mohamad at the Malaysian Business Council
The purpose of this paper is to present
before you some thoughts on the future course of our
nation and how we should go about to attain our objective
of developing Malaysia into an industrialised country.
Also outlined are some measures that should be in place
in the shorter term so that the foundations can be laid
for the long journey towards that ultimate objective.
- Hopefully the Malaysian who is born today and in
the years to come will be the last generation of
our citizens who will be living in a country that
is called 'developing'. The ultimate objective
that we should aim for is a Malaysia that is a
fully developed country by the year 2020.
- What, you might rightly ask, is 'a fully
developed country'? Do we want to be like any
particular country of the present 19 countries
that are generally regarded as 'developed
countries'? Do we want to be like the United
Kingdom, like Canada, like Holland, like Sweden,
like Finland, like Japan? To be sure, each of the
19, out of a world community of more than 160
states, has its strengths. But each also has its
fair share of weaknesses. Without being a
duplicate of any of them we can still be
developed. We should be a developed country in
our own mould.
- Malaysia should not be developed only in the
economic sense. It must be a nation that is fully
developed along all the dimensions: economically,
politically, socially, spiritually,
psychologically and culturally. We must be fully
developed in terms of national unity and social
cohesion, in terms of our economy, in terms of
social justice, political stability, system of
government, quality of life, social and spiritual
values, national pride and confidence.