Decision to shelve mega projects such as the development corridors was wise. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in making the announcement Wednesday, said the world economic and financial scenarios did not permit such projects to be carried out now as the government needs to concentrate in other important things.
The corridors involve some RM800 billion in local and foreign investment. However, while many foreign companies, including large financial institutions are having problems with their purse, these corridors may not get good response after all.
There will be delays but it is better than seeing lots of hiccups in these corridors. The government should instead stay focus on major aspects of rural and human developments, giving emphasis in consolidating racial harmony and housing the nation for those still without proper settlement.
In Sabah and Sarawak, for instance, effort must be multiplied to address the issue of logistic - proper roads and bridges and schools still without electricity.
The corridors may come a bit later once our economy is on solid footing. Datuk Seri Najib may say that our fundamentals will be able to weather the world financial crisis but we must not be over-confident.
A small house with too may corridors wont be too good. It will be difficult to monitor from which direction the wind or the dust may blow in...