At the end of year, it always feels as though the year had gone by too quickly. I’d like to think that it is because it was filled with many positive developments and achievements. The following are some significant events as I had documented on my online platforms:-
1Malaysia Government Efforts
Listening and being sensitive to the needs of the Rakyat is my responsibility as well as the responsibility of the Government I lead. Because we listened, we were able to launch Rakyat-centric programmes such as the 1Malaysia Housing Programme or PR1MA to assist middle-income earners own affordable homes. In addressing the pressing issue of inflation and the rising daily cost of living for the Rakyat, I introduced a 7th NKRA to the GTP – Tackling Rising Cost of Living.
The issue of rising costs was also addressed with the launch of the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia or KR1M – beginning in Kelana Jaya and then spreading nationwide – followed by the Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia, where restaurants take part to offer breakfast and lunch at a fixed price of RM2 and RM4 respectively.
Realising the need to address the development of the younger generation of Malaysians, the 1Malaysia Youth Fund was launched to finance ideas and projects by the youth. This was first announced in the 2011 Budget.
More programmes were announced in the 2012 Budget, which focused mainly on the lower-income earners, rural areas, youth and public services. One of these was the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia programme or BR1M, a financial assistance programme for Malaysians living in a household that earns less than RM3,000 per month.
In World Bank’s 2011 ease of doing business report, Malaysia entered the top 20 position and we hold equal first rank in the world when it comes to the ease of business getting credit. The Economic Transformation Programme or ETP has therefore bore some fruits.
In the ETP progress update in September, for the first half of the year, Malaysia had already received FDI investments of up to RM21.3 billion. By its first anniversary in October, the ETP had assisted Malaysia to achieve a GNI of RM228.55 billion and committed investment worth RM171.21 billion, with an estimated total of 372,361 potential jobs.
2011 was also about engaging the international market and strengthening Malaysia’s networking to help boost our major transformation programmes.
I made my first official visit to the UK this year at the invitation of British Prime Minister David Cameron where I had a chance to invite the country’s captains of industry to explore investment opportunities in Malaysia. I was also given the honour to deliver a lecture on “Coalition of Moderates and Inter-Civilisational Understanding” at the historic Sheldonian Theatre, in Oxford, England.
In May, I attended the Invest Malaysia New York 2011 in New York, USA. The event secured Malaysia between RM5 billion and RM6 billion new investments for over the next two to three years. I also spoke about a Digital Malaysia Masterplan in development at the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) meeting at the New York Academy of Sciences which I chaired.
I was also in Japan for the 17th International Nikkei Conference in Tokyo where I received confirmation that some RM3.8 billion worth of investments will be coming in from Japanese firms.
This year I attended several international conferences such as CHOGM in Perth, Australia, APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii and the 19th Asean Summit in Bali, Indonesia. In Hawaii, I was given the honour to give my insight on the Global Movement of the Moderates (GMM) at the prestigious East-West Center.
With The Rakyat
This year I have been exploring a variety of ways to increase my interaction with the Rakyat, using the social media platforms. In January, I invited people to ask me questions on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #Tanyanajib. I didn’t expect such a great response but I managed to respond to some of the questions, even the peculiar ones.
In February I held an afternoon tea session with 600 of my online friends in Seri Perdana. I then introduced Mari Berjumpa, Mari Berhubung to meet my online friends living outside Klang Valley as I make my working visits around Malaysia. I was thrilled to meet more friends from the Najib Razak Club or NRC11, this time over breakfast in Petaling Jaya.
I had many opportunities to engage with the youth this year, most notably was the Konsert Suara Kami which I attended after receiving overwhelming retweets and responses online asking me to attend. Immediately after, I was invited to do a “Gotcha” prank on radio by the morning crews of Hitz.fm. I also made appearances on the morning shows of Radio Era, Mix.fm and Hot.fm.
In June, I introduced the 1Malaysia Roundtable, an interactive platform for Malaysians to provide fair and constructive comments, suggestions or ideas to better the lives and the people of Malaysians. I also took part in one session where I discussed a budget for sustainable growth.
This year I also introduced some official 1Malaysia merchandise and gave plenty away through the 1Malaysia Merchandise campaign over the Merdeka and Malaysia Day period. Some exchanged the merchandise with their photos of the Jalur Gemilang which was added into the Album 1Malaysia Jalur Gemilang of my Flickr page.
In light of my busy work schedule, I started 1Week That Was in September, a short weekly update on my activities. Another important milestone in my social media journey was when I introduced my very own Mobile App for smartphones recently, which you can download from my Facebook page and website. I intend to refresh my website next year, so I thank those of you who participated and gave me some valuable feedback in the short online survey last October.
2011 has been a very colourful year for me and I must take this opportunity to thank all Malaysians for your show of support. Especially to my online friends, be rest assured that I do read all your comments, ideas, complaints and well-wishes and I do my best to respond to them. I hope you will continue to join me in making more positive progress next year in the spirit and practice of 1Malaysia.