The expressions on their faces don't convince me that everybody there thinks it is such a great idea.Very soon we Malaysians will have another argument with our Singaporean neighbours in the kiasu debate. So you have F1 night race. So what? We have................
OUR OWN F1 RACING TEAM!!!
You got ah? No right? Ha!
But seriously speaking though the thought that raced through my mind when I read the news was...........
Surely we have better use for our hard-earned tax money. No? During a time when other seasoned F1 teams are thinking hard about how to keep going due to financial crises we jump into this ultra-expensive game? WHY?
So, it is NOT all tax-payers money. This latest hare-brained idea is to be a partnership between the Government and the private sector. According to The Star story, the partners are the Malaysian government, Air Asia and the Naza Group. Maybe, they will eventually tell us what the shareholding ratio is but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. Something also tells me that if the venture is a success then the Malaysian government will be just a small shareholder in a venture to encourage Malaysian entrepreneurship or something. But if it bombs big time then the Malaysian government will be the major shareholder and a major, high-powered task force will be formed to investigate.
So! A Malaysian F1 racing team. And the Prime Minister says it will be based at the Sepang International Circuit.
“This is where the cars will be designed, manufactured and tested. It will be ‘Made-in-Malaysia, by Malaysians’ and of course, the pit-stops will be run by Malay-sians,” he said. (now, I'm sure you noticed that hyphen in the word Malaysian. Believe me it was written like that in online Star. In the street version the word comes at the end of the column space so the hyphen. Tsk tsk tsk...LOL...)
And this is where I am becoming even more sceptical. Remember, one of the the major partners is a car manufacturing company that is more famous for its power-windows that don't work after a week and gear sticks that come off the floor before the first scheduled service. Proton can't even instill confidence in Malaysian car buyers. How is it going to build an F1 racing car that would even get off the grid? Unless of course it is again WE PAY THE MONEY AND THEN GET THE FOREIGNERS TO DO THE JOB AND WE LATER CLAIM THE CREDIT LOR rule that applies here.
Najib also said, "This is a meaningful development and I hope that it will further raise our country’s profile on the world stage."
There are cheaper ways of getting ourselves on the world stage as you call it. Right? If you need pointers just speak to that Syariah judge from Pahang or the Section 23 cow-head protestors from Shah Alam. I'm sure they've got some more great ideas to share.
Actually, our prime ministers all seem to have some grandoise ideas. At least 1 during their reign...I mean term. Mahathir did the Twin Towers, Putrajaya, Multi-media Super Corridor etc. Badawi had his Angkasawan space tourist so now Najib gets a quick start off the block with the Malaysian F1 Team. Let's hope that 5 years down the road we don't suddenly realise that the "F" there stood for FUCK-UP.