Friends have been asking me this question - do I opt for a RM2 per litre petrol or a stable country...
Its a trap question. Should I opt for the first, I will have to accept Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as my next prime minister. If I choose the 2nd, its already what we have now, except that it needs some balancings and allignments.
Lucky I dont belong to the Permatang Pauh constituency. Otherwise, I could have easily fall into either one.
However, what I have in mind and what I have experienced over the years, a political stability is most important. It opens the doors to many opportunities. It eases the inflow of foreign direct capitals (FDIs) and set the economy on a better and smoother growth.
But, are we very stable now? I dont think so. Our exports has hit its lowest in three months, our Composite Index (CI) doesnt look so promising while the inflation rate will take many more years to shrink from its 26-year high.
I have seen some governments changed hands - the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan and others. It brought about only minimal advantage to the country and its people. Some are still struggling to stand up.
Anyway, the choice is always the prerogative rights of the voters, right?