英译题目∶That dream bridge of mine
翻译 ∶DOMINIC LOH
During the Mahathir era, it spanned across the sky, making many think of it day in and day out.
During the Abdullah era, it was killed, making many feel at loss.
During the Najib era, it is resuscitated, making many gleam with excitement.
That, is the bridge in my hometown. The bridge of my dream.
This bridge, a crooked one, will span across the narrow strait, proudly overlooking Johor and Singapore on both sides.
In the artist's rendering, it is as beautiful as the dreamy fairytale world.
It even has an idyllic name, "the Scenic Bridge."
In the end the bridge is never built. And it remains very much the bridge of my dream.
By halthing the construction of the bridge, we have compensated RM1.277 billion!
Former prime minister Tun Abdullah said the government was short of cash then, and the budget deficit ran as high as 5.3%.
He said the Cabinet had been discussing about this bridge over and again, and no one could understand why Mahathir had insisted to go ahead with the plan.
Frankly, I also didn't know what was in Mahathir's mind.
I only knew he was very unhappy that Abdullah had shelved the crooked bridge plan.
Again, I had no idea at all why he was so furious about it.
I only knew Mahathir has not been in good terms with Abdullah since then.
Mahathir later said, "I used to swear that I would not poke my finger into the new administration. I did try for some time, but after that crooked bridge incident, we have surrendered our sovereignty to our neighbour. And that is utterly disgraceful!"
He even said, "I could understand why if it were America. But now we are even scared of a tiny country like Singapore.
"I don't think he makes a respectable leader."
Now I know that this bridge entails more than just the intricate politico-business interests, but also our sovereignty and self-esteem!
Abdullah has left, and here comes Najib. And Mahathir.
Mahathir's brainchild is beginning to see some prospects of revival, thanks also to the strong endorsement from Johor UMNO Youth.
In an identical tone to that of Mahathir, Johor UMNO Youth information chief Khalid Mohamad said if Singapore did not agree to the plan, we could always build a crooked bridge entirely on Malaysian territory.
Khalid Mohamad claimed that the crooked bridge would bring more positive impact on Johor's economy.
But he failed to tell me whether this "half bridge," which can only be built up to the midline of the Johor Strait, would promote the state's economy, or send the economy back in time by half a century.