KJ reminds Mahathir on differences between TN50 and Vision 2020


Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 4, 2018: The government has issued yet another explanation to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to clarify why and how the National Transformation 2050 plan (TN50) is not a rip-off of Mahathir’s  Vision 2020.

If last March it was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who did the clarification, this time it comes from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The TN50-versus-Vision 2020 “rivalry” has often been touched by Mahathir, with the latest being at yesterday’s forum organised by Pribumi Bersatu, the year-old party he currently chairs.

While Vision 2020’s goals were to make the country into a developed nation, TN50 is along the lines of making Malaysia a top twenty nation in economic development, social advancement and innovations. 

Echoing similar points to Najib’s, Khairy in a statement today pointed out that unlike Vision 2020, TN50 uses a bottom-up approach, where the government listens to the aspirations of Malaysian to be used as guidelines.

Such an approach, wrote Khairy, is opposite of Mahathir’s Vision 2020 which did not gather any input from the people, adding that the plan announced in 1991 did not take the IT-triggered Fourth Industrial Revolution into account.

Khairy also retorted Mahathir’s claim that TN50 was an indirect confession that the government had failed to achieve the aspirations of Vision 2020 and that it is being used to divert the people’s attention from realising such a fact.

“In every TN50 dialogue session that I have conducted, I have consistently said that TN50 is a continuation of the country’s previous long-term goals such as the New Economic Policy and Vision 2020.

“Although I do not agree with some of Dr Mahathir’s policies when he was the prime minister, I have always been supportive of Vision 2020 and I am proud to be part of the Vision 2020 generation.

“Tun, it is extremely sad and disappointing to see that you have simply dismissed the collective aspirations of young Malaysians. TN50 is the voice of young Malaysians for the future.

“But for you, it is all about your legacy. Me, myself, Mahathir. I hope future generations of Malaysian will not be so vindictive and mean-spirited. That they will be gracious and magnanimous enough to support that which deserves support and give credit where it is due,” reads Khairy’s statement.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]