The quality of many of our elected politicians fails to match the quality of our roads in Putrajaya.
Any foreigner or visitor driving through Putrajaya may marvel at the sight to behold. The well-planned and neatly maintained landscapes of flora, smooth roadways without a single pothole, the majestic architecture reaching out to the skyline – all these hint of a great and successful nation.
But once you enter any of the government administrative buildings, two distinct worlds become apparent.
One is the predominantly Malay civil servants who are ever so polite, friendly, approachable and helpful.
And the other is the obvious evidence of a poor maintenance culture.
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It is hard to miss curtains in dire need of repair or replacement, unused or discarded office materials shoved away behind rooms and broken chairs stacked in meeting rooms.
The same attitude of carelessness and indifference can be seen in our politicians who get paid exorbitantly well and who enjoy all the trappings of power and position but who have failed to deliver.
When you scan the news pages, you will surely lose count of the number of pending court cases involving corruption. You cannot help but conclude that our politicians and top civil servants have failed miserably to match the grandiose image of the nation’s administrative capital.
If only our elected, well paid and appointed leaders and captains of the nation could endeavour to be equal if not reach far above the high standards that is reflected by the beauty and magnificence of Putrajaya, then Malaysia could easily have been the beacon of the developing world.
We deployed the wealth of the nation to design and build Putrajaya. But today it remains hollow, punctured by greed, corruption and failed leadership.
If only our politicians could match the high standards reflected by the ambience of the roadways and mega structures of Putrajaya, we would have been, by now, among the happiest people, who would have thrived together with our multicultural strengths.
What a wasted dream!