Budget 2011: 100-storey tower

The Malaysian Insider aptly titles its article “Big Malaysia is back“.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Budget 2011 speech today confirmed the return of big Malaysia, with a slew of announcements headlined by the construction of a 100-storey tower in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and the widely-expected Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system for the city.

Ng Yen Yen has this to say (from Malaysiakini):

“There is no end because everybody wants a tallest tower. Shanghai and Taiwan wants more, so why should we hold back?”

“The most important thing is that we can do it. Why should we hold back?”

“The building serves to balance Malaysia’s traditional cultures and pursuit for modernity. This will put Malaysia on the tourist map,”

Everybody wants a tallest tower. So we should do it too. Oh, but wait, there is definitely no way we will be building the tallest tower with this 100-storey building, because Burj Khalifa is more than 160 storeys high. So since we’re not in it to break any world records this time round, why are we doing this again?

Because we can. Yes we can. (Obama’s campaigning slogan is becoming increasingly convenient to mimic.)

I’m pretty sure we can do a whole lot of other things. Like encourage sustainable, environment-friendly development. Like maintaining what little we have left of our heritage buildings and culture.

But wait. Ng Yen Yen (our Tourism Minister, mind you) says the 100-storey tower will balance our traditional culture with our pursuit for modernity.

Hmm..

SK Devamany says:

“The nation must have a dream. We had the Twin Towers and KLCC. Now, the 100-story building will be the new ‘Malaysia boleh’. This is good because we all need to dream.”

This is to be our new “Malaysia Boleh”, he says. We all need to dream, he tells us.

My version of “Malaysia Boleh” is that we boleh achieve zero poverty, that we boleh achieve 100% literacy, that we boleh have a nation where no one will feel unwanted, where everyone feels safe, where public institutions are just, and government bodies are transparent.

I guess at least SK Devasamy got something right. We all need to dream.

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9 Comments on “Budget 2011: 100-storey tower”

  1. selvi says:

    I too feel that the tower is un necessary. The budget could easily be spent on eradicating poverty or even employing more teachers to school so that students with special needs are catered for. build roads in rural areas..please pity the students who have to cross rivers daily in order to get education!

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  4. a malaysian says:

    The tower is really a waste of money. It costs so much but for what purpose? for show?

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  7. Jern Chin says:

    so…… in what way does a 100 story tower benefit the country? I don’t see how having a tall building would “help us to balance our traditional culture with our pursuit for modernity”.

  8. Non BN Supporter says:

    yes , we all know the need to boleh achieve zero poverty, that we boleh achieve 100% literacy, that we boleh have a nation where no one will feel unwanted, where everyone feels safe.., but how we acheive all this ? Building the mega tower is one way to do this. We are losing more and more job opportunities due to economic downturn, how you pretentious smart guy suggest to overcome this ? You know this project will creat 5000+ job opportunity, do you ? Do you kow Malasia is on the the top 10 most visited country and KL was ranked #4 on the most visited city after Paris, London and Singapore ? could we achevie this had we not built the landmark tourist spot of Petronas Twin Towers back then ?

  9. bow says:

    Yes, we can build and we can afford to spend. But it doesn’t mean we should do it. Having a 100 storey building is just another ‘white elephant’ project to facilitate the transfer of nation wealth into the deep pocket of family member owned corporation of old guards in ruling party elite. Malaysian Tax payers have to prepare to swallow another multi billion dollars wasteful project again this time of the year.


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