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Friday, September 05, 2003


Bouquets for the Soon2Retire

Our soon to retire PM has his share of brickbats and eggs-in-the-face (see Joe-Blogs)but recent events must have brought a big smile to his face :-).
Firstly, there was IMF's managing director Horst Kohler, who said :: “With hindsight, we have to recognise the good performance of the economy. Mahathir was right.” Dr M must have broken up into a broad smile and said "I told you so, Malaysia Boleh". Kohler also forecast Malaysia’s GDP to grow in excess of 5% in 2004 and believed prospects were good for sustained high growth beyond next year. Does not this show good management? The soon-to-be PM will have to keep this going.
Next, we have the newly released World Investment Report which gives Malaysia a favourable review for its performance in 2002. In ranking countries that best defied the downturn in 2002, the report also named Malaysia within the top 10 most resilient countries, placing it behind Ireland and Japan but ahead of Slovakia at ninth position.
And in Cyberjaya yesterday, Dr M announced details regarding the "The Most Advanced Microchip -- the MM Chip". This will probably breathe life into the MSC. This chip which uses the RFID or radio frequency identification chip, would allow for an almost unlimited number of applications, including in the area of security. It is said to be able to be implanted into almost anything ranging from "smart cards", to bullets, to supermarket shoppings and even the human body. This chip was developed in Japan, but the Malaysian government has bought the rights to the new microchip technology from Japan and initially it would be manufactured there before production shifts to Malaysia. Asked if MM was an acronym for Mahathir Mohamad, FEC (M) Sdn. Bhd (the Japanese developer of the MM chip) chief executive Kunioki Ichioka said: "Maybe, it can also stand for Microchip Malaysia."



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