The Road to Economic Growth and Prosperity – Part 2

Undertaking any types of investment or business project always require a precursor or a prerequisite that must first be applied.  Step one must be prepared before step two can be implemented.  In order to maximize the economic impact to the local economy, all materials and resources must be prepared.  This is the rule of good management.

Akin to cooking a meal, first the ingredients are prepared, cooking can only be implemented after all the ingredients and materials are ready; not the other way around.  The problem with blind government is that, they fail to understand the most simple and basic principles of economic maximization scheme.

There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things.  Although, a project can be implemented without going through the right protocol it will never be fully utilize in a way that is most profitable and beneficial to the people and the country.  That is the problem with our government today.

Although we see big buildings, and large resorts properties, people are still poor.  The gap between the rich and the poor widens.  Much of the populace lives in poverty.  Only a few elites are managing the affairs of government.  These elitist, if left unchallenged, will continue their masquerades of siphoning the country’s wealth into their own coffers.  The poor continues to be poor even into the next generation.

When a person becomes poor, all kinds of things can happen to that person.  One of which is the in-ability to control his/her destiny.  This is where the poor become vulnerable to manipulation by special interest groups with unscrupulous agenda.  In this scenario the people always loses.

Today, this is what’s happening to our people in Sabah.  Without realizing the ramification, people are slowly but surely being inculcated into submission by the powers that lays in Malaya.  The Kadazandusun people of this great land have been reduced to 2nd class citizenship and have to tolerate the abuses and insults hurled by our so called partners.  The sad thing about this is that too many of our people still have not realized the gravity of the dilemma that they are in.

Human Resource Investment:
There is no reason why we cannot pull in tremendous domestic and foreign investment into our local economy.  An investor is always interested to invest where the potential for return is great.  An investor is driven by this dogma.  To attract an investor all our government needs to do is to produce a climate that provides an opportunity for the investor to become profitable.

Begin by preparing our people (Keyword “Preparation”)!  Educate our human resources to meet the requirements of our potential investors.  Just as we have “Hotel and Restaurant schools to prepare our students to work in Hotels and Restaurants across the nation, we should have schools to prepare our students (Human Resource) to work in various types of industry.  These same principles are the building block to a great economy.

For example, would an American company outsource corporate projects to engineers and programmers in Sabah, just like they did in India?  Most likely not!  Why, because we are not prepared.  We do not have such a supply of resource that such investor would find suitable for their investment.  Only when we have prepared such a resource can we attract such an investment.

Government Rules and Regulation:
Make it clear and transparent!  Throw out those old rules and regulations that are no longer applicable to this day and age.  Take out any rules and regulations that stifle economic growth and prosperity.  Take out any bottleneck addendum that is not business friendly.  Spell out in clear bold letters the procedures to do business.  Take out all potential loop holes where corruption can creep in.  Make documentation as easy as possible even a primary student can read and understand.  Lower all application fees so even the poor gets a chance to participate.  Do not limit the participation based on fees rather qualify the investor by the quality of their ideas and contribution to the economy.

Business Policies:
Prepare and document details of doing business in an easy to read format that even a lay person can understand.  Limit the legalese to where it is most applicable.  Make it concise and predictable.  Put the law into the letter and make it a culture for the whole nation to adhere to.  People must know and understand with clarity the rules of the game so business can be conducted within the rules stated.  Only with such business culture can anyone with a desire can get an opportunity to make their dream come true.

Remove the Culture of Corruption and Replace it with Reward for Excellent Service:
Getting a tip is always good, but forcing a tip from someone is bad!  Anything that expects a tip upfront is never a good policy.  What may be acceptable in private is not good in public.  A government employee must never ask for or expect a tip.  A government employee must never accept a tip (gift) in whatever form.

A government is the central power that must ensure the balance within the ecosystems is uphold.  The balance cannot be upheld when government employees take sides.  Government employees must be given a generous compensation package so there is less incentive for them to resort to corrupt practices.

A government employee must adhere to a higher culture of ethical standards and be motivated by service and performance rather than monetary gain.  Only when political leaders understand the concept of this organizational competence can a country start to change for the better.  Only when a government is run with the same level of corporate zeal will it truly become the main catalyst for a great nation’s economy.

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