Malaysia and A declining standard of social behaviour

Today is the 46th Malaysia Day. We have come a long way from 1963.  Malaysia today is vastly different from 1963, at least in West malaysia and especially in urban areas like Klang Valley. Even between early 1980s and now, there are alot of changes.

Remember the stretch of LDP in front of 1 utama? It was only a narrow road and part of the windy Jalan damansara in the early 80s , one lane going and one lane coming. There were not many cars travelling on this road, and Taman Tun was just being leveled and built stage by stage. 

Today , this stretch of LDP is so busy that often there is massive jam especially along the 1 Utama and Ikea stretch, even though the 2 lane road has been upgraded to a multi-laned expressway. . There are  many housing estates developed along this stretch, among them are  Bandar Utama, Damansara Mutiara, Damansara Perdana, Kota Damansara, Sri damansara and so on. The stretch also has a few big shopping centres: 1 Utama, Ikano, Ikea ,  the curve and 2 cinemas.

The development there typifies the physical progress of our country. We have grown, definitely, even though not as much as some of our contemporaries and, perhaps many people would like to add,  we have not lived up to our potentials.

We have one of the tallest  buildings ( it was the highest once) in the world. We have good roads in West malaysia and the North South Highway is as good as any highway in the world, even though the the tolls can be killing and the increase in tolls comes as  regularly and predictable as the common colds.

While physical development has been impressive, human development has not always been positive. Academically, we have many more universities and many more graduates than before, but some of the products are not as knowledgeable and analytical as those products of an earlier era.

Social behaviour wise, we having taken a turn for the worse.