Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Malaysia had to overcome nine challenges to meet Vision 2020 and achieve developed status.
“To become a developed country, we wanted to overcome nine challenges under Vision 2020 (which are) – fostering a united country, a society with a liberated spirit, a democratic society, a moral and ethical society, a liberal society, a scientific and progressive society, a caring society, an economically just society and a prosperous society.
“That was our aim and if we had achieved these nine objectives, apart from progress in other areas like education, technology, social equity and the like, then we would have been considered a developed country,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying in the Kool Talk segment of Kool FM radio this morning.
Mahathir said that Malaysia had not yet reached a stage where it could be considered a developed country because it has failed in certain fields
However, he pointed out that although Malaysia did not fully realise the vision 2020 that was launched in 1991, it is in a better status today than it was before.
“The people are more prosperous, the country is more prosperous and development is evident throughout the country, with better infrastructure.
“The fact is many aspects of Vision 2020 have been achieved,” he said.