I have just checked into Sydney International Airport. I took the cab from my home here and my cab driver was a Ghana-ian.
Interesting man as he talked to me about Malaysia and especially our former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
This is the 3rd time I hear praises for Tun Dr M from foreigners myself, none against so far. The first time was in Japan where my teachers and host family envy the leadership
of Dr M.
The 2nd time was in Melbourne last year when a PhD student from Bangladesh stood up and told YABhg himself that he is more popular than his local politicians.
Today, I heard the reviews from a Ghana-ian (Ghana is an African country).
I was told by him that Dr Mahathir is indeed a smart man because Tun went to his country to see the palm kennel industry and "imported" the idea back to Malaysia.
According to him, Malaysia has far surpassed Ghana now all because of Tun Dr Mahathir. True or not, I cannot confirm because I am not a plantations man.
He also told me that Australians dislike Dr Mahathir especially during Paul Keating's era. Unfortunately, he didn't know why.
I explained to him about the capital punishment on two Australian citizens with drug possession and that caused the strained diplomatic relations between the Keating Administration and Mahathir Administration.
He took it as a knowledge and from there, he also shared with me how he respect Dr M for standing up on the right issues against Australia, the British and of course the United States of America.
If you think that is it, I have to say NO !
He even talked to me about Dr M's opinion on currency trading, derivatives and financial crisis - all recent articles and ideas from Tun himself.
Truly amazing and I am proud of my country Malaysia. It is in the international map and in the good books of people overseas.
Let us get down to business now. I strongly urge the Malaysian Government and the Tourism Ministry to scale down their extravagant expenditure on former Ferrari supremo Jean Todt or any other high end celebrity.
I humbly feel that they are people who will only sell Malaysia half heartedly and only to a handful of rich people. These people will prefer to choose Italy or Mauritius as their 2nd home, rather than the islands of Terengganu.
We should target the masses, not just celebrities and the rich which will come at a high cost. In the end, do we gain much ?
Since Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is already an international figure that commands respect from South East Asia, Arabian countries, the African continent and many other regions, why not appoint Dr M as the Tourism Ambassador instead?
That is all for now and I shall continue my blogging activities back home. Malaysia, Truly Asia.