Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Pot and The Kettle (Part 2)

When the "Warisan Merdeka" tower was first announced, the Malaysian government got muck flak as the 100-story commercial skyscraper was considered a white elephant. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has been defending the mega-project from all comers including Malaysian’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Now I’m not saying Mahathir is wrong, Kuala Lumpur need a new skyscraper the way Eskimos need to buy ice, but talk about the pot calling the kettle black! When he was the PM, Mahathir presided over the construction of several mega-projects like the Petronas Twin Towers, the Malaysian capital, Putrajaya, and Port Klang.

Some of these projects were success (Petronas), some were not (Putrajaya), while some were outsight disasters (Port Klang). But for Mahathir Mohamad to scold anyone for spending money on mega-infrastructure project is like…well, the pot calling the kettle black!

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