Since the first corridor of development was conceptualized in 1996 by Mahathir with little success, his successor, Pak Lah had mooted many more corridors.
Since the day when he came into power (1st November 2003), Pak Lah had began his premiership by restructuring the development plan for the nation and to re-aligned the economic development activities.
Many more projects were scrapped or postponed such as Putrajaya Monorail, Dedicated Highway from KL-Putrajaya (which was later resumed), Bakun dam, Crooked-Bridge, etc.
Pak Lah defended his actions by stating that he wanted to reduce foreign borrowings and free-up the tight cashflow the government was facing.
He was accused for being tight with money of which he denied vehemently. In an interview with CNN Lorraine Hann, He said he was only being frugal, that is, careful with money that belongs to the government of the people.
The acting prime minister had since then launched many super-corridors; only the Multi-Media Super Corridor is associated with Mahathir.
We now have, the Southern Corridor, which was initially named South-Johore Economic Region and have now been renamed as Iskandar Development Region of Johor which the government paraded would involved RM382bil development expenditure.
The Mentri Besar of Johor said that an initial RM60bil projects would be launched within the next few years.
The 2nd Penang Bridge which was initially scrapped (not approved) was launched under the 9th Malaysia Plan. The bridge project would cost about RM3bil to complete.
Apart from the bridge project, a monorail project worth about RM2bil was also on the pipeline and expected to be awarded soon.
There is also the Eastern Corridor that encompasses Pahang and Trengganu.
So far, nothing had happen on the ground, and we could only presumed that the investors may still be sourcing for funds or that the bureaucracy is holding them up.
The World Biggest Court Complex was paraded. It was situated in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. It cost the government RM300 million.
Work on the project started in March 2004 and was scheduled to be completed in February 2006.
There is also a plan to set up a police station in the complex.
So far, nobody heard about the funders and none of the projects had taken off. It probably was a premature announcement or it could be projects that were proposed by the private sectors, particularly from some multi-nationals corporation. I think the government should not try to include private companies' investment in their announcements as if it was an initiatives from the government. This had caused much confusions to the public and tend to feed us with illusionary hope and expectations that had so far being conjectural and illusory.
On 28th November 2006, there were far greater announcements.
The newspaper spinned: The Worlds Biggest Palm Oil Company merger was formulated.
The frugal man decides not to be frugal anymore. He too wants to leave a legacy - mega legacy - such that the people could celebrate his tenure (I hope that we are not celebrating a nation to be bankrupted).
Billions after billions of projects were announced. It keeps coming and it keeps spinning.
Nobody dares to predict when this spins would slow down.
That wasn't enough, we have another RM6bil agro sector goldmine.
Another RM40bil projects fast tracked!
The government keeps announcing the billions and each and every one of them are meant to be fast tracked.
Raindrops (of projects) keep falling on our heads...
Have you ever seen these rains?
Was that enough?
We can't stop this fun...I love billions. RM1bil shopping funds for Education Minister.
The RM5 billion South Johor Economic Region was unveiled by Pak Lah on Nov 4, 2006. Ghani said the people of Johor were blessed to receive such good fortune.
Another RM600mil highway for Selangor.
If Pak Lah continues as PM for the next 19 years (so that he will match Mahathir's record of 22 years PMship), Malaysia would have the World largest network of railways.
There is already a rail project linking Malaysia-Kumming and another in Borneo, linking Brunei and Sarawak. The total worth will exceed RM200bil.
Of course there will be the Double-track railway which was terminated and will be revived.
Syed Mokhtar is seen smiling... his luck and good fortune had shine again.
Railway is transportation and lacks fun?
Well, don't worry. Effendi Norwawi is going to get Disneyland to come to Malaysia.
Disneyland owners must be damn excited about this prospect.
Malaysians would be, what Ghani called, Blessed to receive such great fortune. By the way, Johor was slated to have this project and it must have satisfied the MB.
There is also the West Coast Highway which would be another RM2bil project on the way.
Of course, we can't stop the celebration.
What more with Maya and the Maju.
This is the new RM400 million Palace Complex which was deemed necessary as the current Istana Negara is old and the place is too small for the King and his entourage.
Tanjung Tokong, a super fast track project!
Constuction work was suppose to begin in October 2006 and the project is slated to compete by 2012.
So far, we have heard of nothing concrete.
In order to get all these projects off the ground, the nation may need funds to the tune of trillions.
Again, observing the scenario, if Pak Lah is given another 19 years as PM, the trade may even increase to hundreds of trillions. I hope it will not be denominated in Rupiah.
I don't know whether we should cheers and sing a song, but I am anxiously waiting for informations on the progress of all these projects. The waiting game had been on since last year and till now, the signs are blur. Will we be kept blur-blur for another few years?
Well, why can't we be positive and have high expectations? My darling said: Sleep and don't bother as Chinese New Year is just 48 hours away and the many bosses I work with are still having problems in their collections. BTW, I received a bonus from my good boss...little but enough to buy myself a drink. Cheers!