But we - yes, you and I - buck the trend. The Yearbook says Malaysia jumped two places to 14th.
And you thought we were baaad, right?
We've got a lot going for us right now, right here in Malaysia. Over dinner with an old pal who's based in India last night, we agreed that Malaysia hasn't lost and is not about to lose its edge. Our politics aren't even half as bad as in India. During Bersih, our police were polite compared with the authorities that deal with demonstrations elsewhere, including in democratic India. "They would get the organisers of pay for the venue and for damages". Tourists are comparing Langkawi to Singapore.
What we're losing is our sense of perspective. We imagine that perception is more real than the truth. Wake up, people!