Speechs in the year
Tempat/Venue 	: 	UCLA, LOS ANGELES 
Tarikh/Date 	: 	14/01/97 

   1.    First,  let  me thank the UCLA for inviting  me  to
  address  you  today.  In this audience, I  see  both  the
  present  and future shapers of the Information Age.   The
  present is represented by the leadership of many  of  the
  area's   most   dynamic  content  and   high   technology
  companies;  the  future  by the university  students  who
  will  provide  the future leadership of the  private  and
  public sectors.
  2.    I  think it is especially appropriate that  we  are
  all  together  today  to discuss a practical  proposal  I
  have  to achieve the full promise of the Information Age.
  I  have  come here to the world's entertainment  capital,
  to  share  a vision of building a bridge between  peoples
  and    places,    to   connect   your   creativity    and
  entrepreneurship with a very special environment  we  are
  creating  in Malaysia.  By doing so, we can reap  rewards
  together  that  neither of us would be  able  to  develop
  3.    The success of a country depends on its ability  to
  adopt  and  adapt to global forces and not on  the  basis
  exclusively  of  comparative advantages such  as  natural
  resources,   population,  or  labour  costs.    Visionary
  countries  can choose to create value rather than  merely
  struggle  to make the most out of existing circumstances.
  Just  as  companies  cannot  succeed  by  trying  to   do
  everything  themselves, the same is true of countries  --
  especially developing countries.  Malaysia is not  trying
  to  build  a replica of Silicon Valley or Hollywood.   We
  would be deluding ourselves if we expect storyboards  not
  to be created in Hollywood or R & D on the highest value-
  added components not to be done in Silicon Valley.
  4.    We  realise you are more advanced and that we  have
  much   to  learn,  but  precisely  because  you  are   so
  developed there are very important things we can do  that
  you  cannot.   Malaysia is offering the world  a  special
  greenfield  environment designed to enable  companies  to
  collaborate in new ways and reap the rich rewards of  the
  Information  Age.   There are no legacies  of  artificial
  constraints   created  and  perpetuated   by   entrenched
  interests.  We offer the Multimedia Super Corridor  as  a
  gift  to  the world -- a global bridge to the Information
  Age  that will enable genuine mutual enrichment  for  our
  partners possessing the vision to participate.
  5.    The Multimedia Super Corridor -- or MSC -- is truly
  a  world  first - the careful creation of a  region  with
  the  infrastructure, laws, policies, and  practices  that
  will  enable  companies to explore  the  Information  Age
  without the usual constraints which frustrate them.   The
  MSC  is  a  15 km wide by 50 km long corridor  that  runs
  from  the  world's tallest buildings in the Kuala  Lumpur
  City  Centre,  down to what will be the region's  largest
  airport when it opens in early 1998.
  6.    More than two years of careful study have gone into
  developing  a package with four key elements  which  will
  make the environment within the MSC very special:
  -     First,   the   MSC   will   have the best  physical
  infrastructure  that can be offered in the  world.   This
  includes  the  Kuala Lumpur City Centre, a  new  airport,
  rapid  train links to Kuala Lumpur, a dedicated  Highway,
  and  two  new  intelligent garden cities.   Kuala  Lumpur
  City  Centre  is the Northern gateway to  the  MSC.   The
  Kuala Lumpur International Airport to be commissioned  in
  1998  will  initially  have 80 gates  with  two  parallel
  runways.   The  airport  will also become  an  integrated
  logistic   hub  with  the  latest  in  IT  to  facilitate
  movements of people and goods.
  -    The   first intelligent garden city, Putrajaya, will
  be  our  new administrative capital where most Ministries
  will  be  relocating beginning with the Prime  Minister's
  office  in  1998.   Putrajaya  will  be  Malaysia's   new
  electronic  Government administrative  centre  served  by
  state   of  the  art  communications  and  transportation
  systems.   The neighbouring Cyberjaya, is a city designed
  to  provide the physical and psychological spaces  needed
  for   creativity,   the  pursuit   of   information   age
  technologies and businesses and relaxation.  It  will  be
  built  around  the new Multimedia University.   Cyberjaya
  will   provide   top   quality   intelligent   buildings,
  multimedia   enterprise  estates,  residential   housing,
  leisure  and  recreational facilities, and state  of  the
  art   supporting  infrastructure.   It  will  support   a
  working population of approximately 150,000 and a  living
  population of over 100,000.
  -  Second,  the  MSC  will   have  the  world's best soft
  infrastructure   of   supporting  laws,   policies,   and
  practices.   This includes a comprehensive  framework  of
  societal  and commerce-enabling cyberlaws on intellectual
  property,  digital  signature, computer  crime,  distance
  learning,  telemedicine, and electronic Government.   For
  example,   our  new  Digital  Signature  Act  creates   a
  regulatory  framework  for  certifying  authorities   and
  severe  penalties for cyber-fraud.  In addition,  we  are
  developing  a Multimedia Convergence Act that will  merge
  and  update  our  telecommunications,  broadcasting,  and
  information  laws to reflect today's rapid  technological
  convergence.   Finally,  we  know  how  critical  skilled
  workers  are  and  have  a  series  of  educational   and
  training  initiatives  across the country.   All  schools
  will be connected to the Internet by the year 2000 and  a
  Multimedia  University will produce graduates  that  will
  meet MSC companies skill requirements.
  -  Third, the   MSC  will  leapfrog available information
  infrastructures  with  2.5-10  gigabit  Open   Multimedia
  Network  that will use the latest ATM switches to provide
  Fiber  to  the  Building.  This network  will  have  a  5
  gigabit  international gateway with direct links  to  the
  U.S.,  Japan,  Europe, and other ASEAN  countries.   This
  will   be   operational  by  1998.   Value-added  service
  providers will be able to compete freely on this  network
  with  no restrictions on foreign ownership and cost-based
  interconnect tariffs.  Telecom Malaysia has committed  to
  offer  competitive tariffs that are comparable or  better
  than  other global carriers and will provide world  class
  network performance standards.
  -  Fourth, a  fully   empowered  one-stop shop called the
  Multimedia   Development  Corporation  (MDC)   has   been
  created  to manage and market the MSC.  The MDC  will  be
  opening  ten offices around the world over the  next  two
  years  so  it can be close to the companies who  will  be
  its  clients.  In addition, the MDC has been incorporated
  under  the  Companies Act so it will be able  to  operate
  independent of civil service rules and regulations.   The
  MDC  has  a  free  hand to hire the best  people  in  the
  world,  and  a  business  plan  to  serve  the  needs  of
  companies  relocating to the MSC both  before  and  after
  they  decide  to establish operations in  Malaysia.   The
  Deputy  Prime Minister and I will personally oversee  the
  activities of the MDC and will resolve issues brought  to
  our attention.
  7.    Malaysia  will be changing the way its people  live
  and  work particularly within the MSC.  This special area
  will  be a global `test-bed' for new roles of Government,
  new  cyber  laws  and guarantees, collaborations  between
  Government   and  companies,  companies  and   companies,
  education,  delivery of healthcare, and  applications  of
  new   technologies.    We   are   looking   for   `Smart-
  Partnerships'   --   win/win/win  relationships   between
  companies  and the Government.  For example, we  will  no
  longer  require  multimedia companies  to  go  through  a
  traditional  Request  for  Proposal  (RFP)  process  that
  requires  us to have a crystal clear concept  of  exactly
  what  the  company must deliver.  Leading companies  told
  us  this  was  inappropriate for new areas of  multimedia
  where  the  solutions are developed rather than assembled
  from  existing knowledge.  Instead of traditional tenders
  and  RFPs,  we will ask companies for `concept proposals'
  that  describe the approach they would take to developing
  solutions  or  achieving the benefits we have  requested.
  This  allows us to select a consortium of companies as  a
  smart-partner  to innovate new products and  services  in
  the  MSC.   We  will be doing this in several application
  areas that I will describe shortly.
  8.     In  short,  Malaysia  is  taking  a  single-minded
  approach  to developing the country using the  new  tools
  offered by the Information Age.  The MSC will be the  R&D
  centre  for the information based industries, to  develop
  new  codes  of ethics in a shrunken world where  everyone
  is  neighbour  to everyone else, where we  have  to  live
  with   each   other  without  unnecessary   tension   and
  conflicts.  Indeed,  the  MSC  is  a  pilot  project  for
  harmonising  our  entire country with the  global  forces
  shaping  the Information Age.  Phase one involves  making
  the  MSC a success by learning from our partners and  the
  experience  we  gain; Phase two will link up  with  other
  islands  of  excellence within Malaysia; and Phase  three
  involves  making  all  of Malaysia  a  Multimedia  Super-
  Corridor that is connected to other smart-regions  around
  the  world.   I expect Malaysia to be in the final  phase
  by 2020 by which time we hope to be a developed nation.
  9.     To   our  knowledge  no  other  country  is   even
  considering  anything  similar.  Other  plans  may  sound
  similar  because they all use `IT, Cyber, or  Multimedia'
  to  market  one or another development.  But we  are  not
  adding  new  facilities to existing ones  or  adapting  a
  concept  to  an  existing  area;  we  are  building   and
  installing  the latest on a huge 15 km x 50 km greenfield
  site   designed   to  realise  the  full   potential   of
  multimedia.  I hope others will link with our  Multimedia
  Super  Corridor and become one of the central pillars  in
  our  global  bridge  connecting the smart-cities  of  the
  world.   It  is  in  our mutual interest  to  collaborate
  rather  than  undermine each other because we  both  will
  benefit from a better bridge.
  10.   As  we approach the 21st century, fantastic changes
  are  taking place which make what was impossible  in  the
  old  economy  of the Industrial Age suddenly possible  in
  the  Information  Age.  For practical  purposes,  borders
  have  already  disappeared  because  knowledge,  capital,
  company  activities,  and  consumer  preferences   ignore
  lines  on a map.  Where countries once competed with  one
  nation's  trade  surplus  resulting  in  another's  trade
  deficit,  in  the  future  both  countries  can   benefit
  because  networks of companies collaborate across borders
  to  deliver  value to customers in the most  economically
  sensible   way.   Although  none  of  this  activity   is
  captured  by  the  economic statistics developed  in  the
  Industrial Age, its impact is clear and will require  new
  types  of  international  institutions.   In  short,  the
  Information  Age  has created conditions  for  the  first
  time  in history that will enable countries and companies
  to  mutually enrich one another - it is no longer a  zero
  sum  game  with winners and losers.  This is a tremendous
  opportunity  for those companies and countries  with  the
  courage  to  embrace these changes.  For a limited  time,
  there  will  be  a relatively level playing  field  where
  developed  and developing countries can work together  in
  ways  that  create benefits for both.   This  is  because
  many  of  the  healthier developed countries  are  locked
  into   obsolete  industrial  structures  and  legislative
  frameworks   and  vested  interests  in   these   systems
  stubbornly   oppose   any  change.   Fortunately,   these
  corporate  interests  have not had time  to  develop  and
  become powerful in developing countries like Malaysia.
  11.   The  MSC is the first place in the world  to  bring
  together  all the elements needed to create the  kind  of
  environment  to engender this mutual enrichment.   I  see
  the  MSC  as a multicultural `web' of mutually  dependent
  international  and Malaysian companies  collaborating  to
  deliver new products and services to customers across  an
  economically vibrant Asia and the world.  I fully  expect
  that  this  `web'  will extend beyond Malaysia's  borders
  and  out  across Malaysia's multicultural  links  to  our
  neighbours.  Component manufacturing can then be done  in
  China,  on machines programmed from Japan, with  software
  written  in  India, and financing coming from  Malaysia's
  Labuan  International  Offshore  Financial  Centre.   The
  product may be assembled in Penang and shipped to  global
  customers direct through our new airport.
  12.   Malaysian companies are already working with world-
  class international companies and technology transfer  is
  taking   place.   Moreover,  companies  and  neighbouring
  countries  are benefiting as well because  parts  of  the
  product  are  produced in other locations.  The  consumer
  benefits  most  of  all  because  they  get  top  quality
  products  at  the  best possible price.   In  short,  all
  parties  touched  by  this `web'  will  benefit  and  are
  enriched through their contribution to it.
  13.   Phase  1  of establishing the MSC will be  complete
  when  the  MSC  is  home to hundreds of large  and  small
  companies  working collaboratively with one  another  and
  with  partners  across the Asia-Pacific  region  and  the
  world.   Some  of  these  companies  will  certainly   be
  today's   leaders.   Many  others  will  be  the  smaller
  companies  which  are members of each of these  companies
  `web'.   Hopefully, a few of tomorrow's leaders  will  be
  from  Malaysia with new products and services in the MSC.
  I  like  multimedia because the most successful companies
  are  those which collaborate with many partners and truly
  transfer technology to them-- not out of charity but  out
  of  collective self-interest.  These companies know  that
  they  cannot stay at the leading edge if they try and  do
  everything  themselves.   They  realise  that  a  web  of
  smaller   companies  working  to  common  standards   can
  deliver  more benefits to the consumer.   I hope  to  see
  some    multicultural   Malaysian   companies   alongside
  international  companies thus mutually strengthening  the
  capabilities of both.
  14.   Phase  2 of linking the MSC with other  islands  of
  excellence  will  be complete when the  MSC  becomes  far
  more  than a business development.  By then,the MSC  will
  be  a global community living at the leading edge of  the
  Information  Society.  Citizens'  smart  homes  will   be
  connected  to  a  network through which  they  can  shop,
  receive  information, be entertained, interact  with  one
  another,   and   educate   themselves.    Phase   3    of
  leapfrogging  all  of Malaysia into the  Information  Age
  will  be  complete when the entire country is living  and
  working  in  these  new ways. Of course  when  they  grow
  tired of all these new tangled things they can enjoy  the
  pristine   environment  which  we   have   preserved   in
  15.   To achieve this vision, I think it is important  to
  define  a  path that leads to it.  By 2000, I  expect  to
  see  seven specific applications being developed  in  the
  MSC by `webs' of international and Malaysian companies:
  - First,  Malaysia  will   be  a  pioneer  in  electronic
  Government.    This   will   be  a   multimedia-networked
  paperless  administration linking Putrajaya to Government
  centres   around   the  country  to   facilitate   inter-
  Governmental   collaboration  and   citizen   access   to
  Government  services.   It  will  start  with  the  Prime
  Minister's  office   when it moves to Putrajaya  in  1998
  and   roll  out  across  the  other  ministries  as  they
  -  Second,  Malaysia will have the world's first national
  multipurpose  smart  card.  A single platform  will  have
  the  individual's ID and electronic signature and  access
  to  Government, banking, credit, telephone, transport and
  club services.  Of course, security will be critical  but
  the  technology is, I believe, already here to enable all
  of  these services to be on one secure platform.  Imagine
  the  convenience as we are freed from having to  carry  a
  huge  pack of plastic cards and selecting one every  time
  we  need  to  use  a  card. Imagine the  opportunity  for
  companies  of  having no uncertainty that this  one  card
  will be in the hands of every Malaysian.
  -  Third,  Malaysia  will  have a comprehensive programme
  for smart-schools. All schools  will  be connected to the 
  Internet.  A new curriculum  is being  developed, and our 
  teachers   will  be  retrained  so  they  can  work  with
  technology to  do far more than convey  knowledge  in the
  traditional way. World-class distance learning facilities
  will  be  built  at  the  Multimedia  University  and  we
  hope  to   hold   virtual  classes  with  teachers    and
  students   in    other    universities    around      the
  world.   We  will use our schools to help students  learn
  the  judgement and skills required to choose between  the
  overwhelming   amount  of  information   that   will   be
  available to them.
  -   Fourth,   I    hope    the   MSC    will   become   a
  collaborative  cluster of academic and corporate  R  &  D
  centre,  using  distance learning to produce  world-class
  graduates  and  next-generation innovations.   Multimedia
  University will be the centre for this, and I would  like
  to  invite faculty and students from UCLA to help develop
  our  new  institution  in Malaysia through  exchanges  of
  students  and  faculty.   I would  also  like  to  invite
  companies   interested  in  partnering  with   Multimedia
  University  to  contact us.  This  university  will  have
  close  links  to MSC companies to ensure it will  produce
  graduates with the right skills.
  -   Fifth ,   Malaysia    will     be     a      regional
  centre  for  telemedicine.  With our Chinese,  Ayurvedic,
  Malay  and  Western medical knowledge and vast biogenetic
  resources,  we are a natural hub.  Rural clinics  can  be
  connected  to medical experts from Malaysia  and  to  the
  great  clinics world-wide using new tele-instruments  for
  remote  diagnosis, therapy, or even surgery.  The  doctor
  no  longer has to be in the same room as the patient  and
  our  new cyberlaws will make this legal.  Key information
  can   be  transmitted  using  new  instruments  such   as
  electronic   stethoscopes   operated   by    nurses    or
  technicians.  This can be viewed and compared with  other
  patients  by  the world's best doctors and  the  data  on
  millions of patients already in the world's computers.
  -  Sixth ,   I   hope  the   MSC  will   be   a    remote
  manufacturing  coordination and engineering  support  web
  that   electronically  enables  companies  in  high  cost
  countries  to access plants across Malaysia and  Asia  as
  virtual  extensions of their domestic operations.   While
  we  have  real  strengths in manufacturing, we  recognise
  the   need   for  companies  to  operate  a  network   of
  facilities around the region.
  -  Seventh ,    the      MSC      should     become     a
  marketing  and multimedia customer service hub leveraging
  Malaysia's   unique  multicultural   links   to   provide
  electronic      publishing,     content     localisation,
  telemarketing  and remote customer care to  a  market  of
  2.5  billion  people. For example, a  Japanese  company's
  catalogue  can  be  translated  into  Chinese  or  Bahasa
  Malaysia/Indonesia or Indian languages by a company  that
  takes   orders   through  a  system  that   automatically
  localises the sizes and currencies.
  16.   Over time, each of these Flagship Applications will
  generate  a  web  of world-class and Malaysian  companies
  collaborating to develop and deliver innovative  products
  and  services.   They  will take  root  and  grow  in  an
  environment   that   provides  the  required   lifestyle,
  infrastructure,  laws, and policies.  Equally  important,
  I  expect links will develop which will connect  each  of
  these  webs together into one large MSC web.  Indeed,  it
  is  these  links which will allow the MSC to sustain  its
  competitiveness over time.  Malaysia is a country with  a
  vision  and  a  strategy  to achieve  the  vision  called
  Vision  2020.   Our  goal is to attain developed  country
  status  by  the year 2020.  These interlinked  webs  will
  allow  us  to  achieve  the  goals  of  Vision  2020   by
  developing  a  strong  services  sector  to  balance  our
  already  strong  manufacturing sector  while  helping  to
  improve  the  productivity and quality  of  life  in  the
  nation.   Equally  important,  the  MSC  will  provide  a
  platform  to  tie us together and celebrate  our  culture
  while helping to educate us in new and different ways.
  17.   Beyond  Malaysia, the MSC becomes a  global  bridge
  when  its web is interlinked with those of other  regions
  around  the  world.  This bridge will,  I  hope,  connect
  with  the  digital entertainment community  in  Hollywood
  and  to  the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.   For
  example,  storyboards can be developed in California  but
  animation   be   executed  in  the  MSC,   electronically
  transmitted back to LA for editing, sent back to the  MSC
  for  colour-balancing, and then transmitted to the studio
  for  final  approval and distribution.   Let  us  explore
  ways  to  mutually  enrich  our companies  and  countries
  through this gift being provided by Malaysia.
  18.   The  breadth of what I am describing  has  probably
  never  been  attempted anywhere else in the  world.   You
  may be thinking, `Why Malaysia?'
  -      First ,    Malaysia's   physical    location    at
  the  centre of ASEAN and its multicultural links with the
  biggest  Asian  markets is unique.   The  Malaysians  are
  made  up  of  people  of  Malay, Indonesian,  Indian  and
  Chinese origin.  We are only a few hours flight from  the
  major  Asian  capitals.  We  have  language  skills   and
  cultural  knowledge  that  can  be  very  helpful.   Most
  people  speak  English as well as one or  more  languages
  such  as different Chinese or Indian dialects, or  Malay.
  With  the  new  airport and communications infrastructure
  being  built,  Malaysia will be a  highly  efficient  and
  effective hub for the region.
  - Second, Malaysia still has a cost advantage as compared
  to the `tigers' in the region. In  fact,  a  recent study
  done by international  consultants on  the  cost of doing
  business in  Malaysia  indicated  it  is  among  the most
  competitive  in  the  ASEAN  region. To sustain  this the
  Government     will     continue    to     provide    the
  enabling  environment.  Our people  are  among  the  most
  productive in Asia.
  -  Third, the newness of multimedia to Malaysia  provides
  an important advantage -- we  have  no inherited  systems
  or entrenched interests determined to defend their current
  positions.  We  have the  political  will  and  the power
  to  rapidly  change any existing  laws or  policies  that
  impede the ability  of  companies  to capitalise  on  the
  benefits   afforded    by    the    Information Age.   We
  will   not   be   diverted   by   excessive   politicking
  in  Malaysia.  In Malaysia things that need  to  be  done
  will be done quickly unobstructed by corruption.
  -  Finally ,   we     are     highly     committed     to
  making  the MSC a success and we have a track  record  of
  meeting  our commitments.  We are a pragmatic  Government
  which  has  consistently proven our  critics  wrong  even
  when  we  adopt  unconventional policies and  strategies.
  Malaysia's   history   since   independence   has   shown
  consistency   and  predictability  so  that   long   term
  investment  will  not be threatened  by  the  twists  and
  turns   of   volatile  local  politics.   The   Malaysian
  Government  sees  multimedia as the strategic  sector  to
  achieve  our  Vision  2020, the attainment  of  developed
  country  status through productivity-led growth, and  the
  MSC   is   at  the  leading  edge  of  this  key  sector.
  Consequently,  we simply cannot and will  not  allow  the
  MSC to fail.
  19.   We  have  been very busy over the  last  two  years
  working  with leading companies such as NTT to understand
  the  future  needs of world-class companies.  McKinsey  &
  Company   has   interviewed  hundreds  of  companies   to
  understand their requirements and is working with  us  to
  learn lessons from the experience of other countries.
  20.   To  ensure that the MSC will not fail, Malaysia  is
  offering a ten point Multimedia Bill of Guarantees.   The
  Government of Malaysia formally commits the following  to
  all  companies  receiving MSC Status from the  Multimedia
  Development Corporation:-
  a. Malaysia   will  provide a  world-class   physical and   
     information infrastructure;
  b. Malaysia    will  allow   unrestricted   employment of 
     knowledge workers from overseas;
  c. Malaysia will ensure freedom of ownership of companies;
  d. Malaysia   will  allow   freedom  of  sourcing  capital 
     globally   for   MSC   infrastructure  and  freedom  of
     borrowing funds;
  e. Malaysia    will    provide    competitive    financial
     incentives including no income tax or an Investment tax
     allowance  for  up  to ten years, and no  duties on the
     import of multimedia equipment;
  f. The  MSC will become a regional leader in  intellectual
     property protection and cyberlaws;
  g. Malaysia will ensure no censorship of the Internet;
  h. The   MSC   will  offer   globally competitive telecom
  i. Malaysia  will tender key MSC infrastructure contracts
     to  leading  companies willing to use the MSC as their
     regional hub; and
  j. Malaysia will ensure that the newly established MDC, a
     high powered  implementation  agency,   will act as an 
     effective `one-stop shop' to meet company   needs.
  21.   These  companies must be providers/heavy  users  of
  multimedia/IT  products  and  services   and   employ   a
  substantial number of knowledge workers.  The  Multimedia
  Development   Corporation   is   registering   interested
  companies  and  will  be taking formal  applications  for
  companies seeking `MSC Status' in March.  In addition  to
  seeking  world class companies, the MDC is  also  seeking
  world class employees to help it build the MSC.
  22.   To  the  students,  I invite  you  to  submit  your
  resumes   to   the  MDC  and  fill  out  the   employment
  application  on its website.  There are opportunities  at
  its   ten  worldwide  offices  and  at  headquarters   in
  Malaysia.     To   the   companies,   I   welcome    your
  participation   and   input.   We   need   your   vision,
  creativity, entrepreneurship, and skill to give  life  to
  the MSC.  To the international community, we offer you  a
  perfect  environment to try and find  solutions  to  some
  tough  questions  whose answers must cross  borders:  (a)
  How  will  value  that  is  collaboratively  created   in
  several countries but sold in another be taxed?; (b)  How
  can   intellectual  property  rights  of  knowledge-based
  products  and  services be defined  and  protected?;  (c)
  How can responsibility for the accuracy and integrity  of
  information  on  the Internet be ensured?   Finally,  how
  can  society  be  protected  from  new  forms  of  fraud,
  counterfeiting, piracy, and viral attacks on the  systems
  that  run  companies or even countries?  In Malaysia,  we
  are  looking at the possibility of creating a new  Cyber-
  Court of Justice as an international centre to look  into
  these issues.
  23.   We  may  sound very ambitious for a small  country,
  but  America  itself  was a small  country  in  the  19th
  Century.   At that time, England launched the  Industrial
  Revolution   but  America  won  it.   Why?  Because   the
  technology  could  be moved to an environment  much  more
  conducive to realising its full potential.  Malaysia  has
  come  late  to industrialisation, and this has  given  us
  the  will and skill to make sweeping changes that  others
  cannot  because  we  have much less  to  lose.   The  MSC
  provides  all the critical components required to  create
  the  perfect  environment to achieve the promise  of  the
  Information  Age.   Today, it  is  much  easier  to  move
  technology  and  knowledge than it  was  100  years  ago.
  This  is  why  we believe we can build the global  bridge
  needed  to move beyond the limits of the Industrial  Age.
  While  I  may  be  an optimist, I believe  this  path  to
  prosperity  will  be  chosen  over  the  alternative   of
  hegemony   and  win-lose  economic  relationships.    The
  globalising  and  harmonising forces of  the  Information
  Age  will prevent a clash of civilisations or the Century
  of  Asia.   It  will create the World Century,  the  true
  Commonwealth of the World.
  24.   We  hope  you  will  become our  partners  in  this
  exciting  endeavour to build a bridge to the  promise  of
  the   Information  Age.   The  Multimedia  Super-Corridor
  cannot  succeed alone, or we will have an island  instead
  of  a bridge for the global aspirations, capabilities and
  vision  of  many leading edge companies who are  prepared
  to  collaborate in a new environment.  We hope  you  will
  join  us  in  constructing an enduring  bridge  into  the
  Information  Age and realise the promise of the  upcoming
  World Century.