I came across this post today and started thinking, "we may as well do this in gua musang".
To build up an integrated covered cycle lanes
Why covered? Because malaysia generally is hot. If it is not covered, public will form natural resistance to cycle.
What does it mean by integrated? It means, the lanes must connect among residential areas and hottest place in town such as bandar baru, bandar lama, econjaya shopping complex, gua musang lake and recreational centre and few more.
The challenge on carrying this out successfully is two.
First, how dow we spread the idea? Marketing and advertising infrastructure must first in place to build anticipation, to educate and to instill purchasing urge.
Second, the lanes would cost millions of municipal money. How do recover the money? We cant just assume this to be charity. This where the best minds should use their brain to be innovative in creating source of revenue. Lane billboard advertising, perhaps?
What is long term non tangible value we could create from this? Birth of new cost saving, nature aware gen ys. Also, this would create a vibrant community. An increase in healthy, high class reflected lifestyle is expected.
Time to sleep.
Economically speaking, this is why you need to be thankful to be Malaysian. I would agree that we could do so much better, and that does mean, we need to focus our magnifying lens to make the country better, not focusing on how to throw out the government (we know some of you are communists, we even had your profile well-documented). We certainly don't want to be Iraq or Iran. I would support government-shift (changing who to lead Malaysia, anyone?) but i wouldn't agree taking it with riot or any harsh mean. Do you want to be live in country with political unrest like Thailand? Now i had chance meeting 2 group of brilliant people from World Bank and IMF talking statistically about economic ecosystem in Malaysia. Know what they say? "We cant say this in press but we all agree here, Malaysia is the best in the world" (my head has a visual of Zety Akhtar), then they had their Red Wine, i had my Tomato Mountain Juice (Le Meridian Hotel, Club Lounge, 2012).
"Look at Wong's kid. They know how to run the tire business at young age. Befriend them. They are smart people", those were words uttered from my father when i was kid. Advises we received usually contradict the (local) social norm. A distinguishing one would be "befriend other races".
I never took this seriously until i reached 17, after SPM (SAT in the West). I started to give it a serious thought. I started to question the behavior and social norm of my people, the Kelantanese. Most Kelantanese, they would only befriend Kelantanese, the would avoid others (and this is disturbing). They would then claim that 'we have a strong ukhwah'... what a joke.
When i went to college, i took one step further... majority of my friends (roughly) were non-Malays. Most of them from China and Kazakhstan.
Ai and Avi from China, they are very nice people. Lee Thong was very close to me, but we'd lost contact after he went back to China. Adila is the most beautiful girl I've ever met, a mix of Chinese and Turkish and she is a Muslim too, and we'd lost contact too. Kazbek from Kazakhstan. He met me (with her beautiful girlfriend) a week before he went back to Kazakhstan (last month). When we were in college, we used to have dinner together almost every night, for the whole semester. Then there were people like Yumi, Kiki, Angel, Basam and few others who brought colors to my life. Those were all the good times.
I learned a lot from them and I'm sure those who don't embrace diversity in friendship would miss a lot.
To quote Lynnelle Ye from Stanford University which inspired this post:-
So I'm not going to be polite about this. If you couldn't find a peer group whose intellectual engagement was commensurate with yours in an institution as large, diverse, and world-class as Stanford University, it was entirely and inescapably your own fault. It boggles my mind that you would blame Stanford for your own failure to seek out the incredible opportunities that it would have handed to you on a silver platter. You should be ashamed. That is all.
I was given a mandate this morning. A mandate that 90% got me excited and 10% got me nervous. I was excited because it is a personal accomplishment to me. My reading and my willingness to apply best practices, paid off. I was nervous because it is responsibility i have to carry for the next 18 to 24 months. My confident level is high, about 90%. I have to be realistic. I have to give a little space to doubt and uncertainty. 10% would be the right number. That little space would allow me to do some errors and learn from them.
"Whenever you start working on something, never work on it 2 hours straight. Spend only 90 minutes on the task and once you reach the final minute, take a 5-10 minutes break. Get away from your task. Try not to think about your task even a second (psychologically impossible, i guess). Go talk to your friend. Probably participate in water-cooler-taylor-swift-gossip. "
People (especially from creative industry) reported that they experience spark of creativity during this break. Others (especially middle managers) also reported that they came up with new way of tackling problem they are facing.
From my own personal experience; i got more delivered to my immediate.