Best days still ahead, says PM

By Sunday January 1st, 2012 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s best days are still ahead and a better future for the country is within reach, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The Prime Minister said a better future for Malaysia was not a mere dream and could be achieved if everyone worked hard to achieve it.

Malaysians, he said, could realise a better future by working hand-in-hand with the Government and their countrymen.

“Nothing is impossible (to achieve). Our best days are still ahead of us and it is surely not history,” he said in his 2012 New Year message posted in his 1Malaysia blog.

In wishing Malaysians a Happy New Year, Najib described 2011 as a monumental year for the country which saw the Government’s policy initiatives under the National Transformation Policy (2011-2020) being completely “rolled out” and the introduction of the fourth series of the Outline Perspective Plan that was first introduced in 1971.

He said the National Transformation Policy was the final component in realising the vision to become a high income nation by 2020, encompassing the Government, Economic, Political and Rural Transformation Programmes and the New Economic Model.

“These policy initiatives are not merely empty and unrealistic announcements. If these initiatives are well-implemented, we will see the emergence of a New Malaysia; a nation which is not only economically progressive, but also have a healthy democracy and differences of opinion,” he said.

Najib said the Government was committed to have reforms in all fields and aspects of life, in line with the rakyat’s aspiration for a better life for themselves and their children.

“All our efforts are for the future generation who have the right to grow up in an environment filled with hope. We will not bow to pressure by any party which want to derail our efforts,” he said.

The Prime Minister said under the Political Transformation Programme where efforts were made to balance national security and individual rights as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, the Government abolished three Emergency proclamations that had been enforced for four decades.

In the same spirit, he said, the Government had also announced the abolition of several Acts related to security and public order such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Restricted Residence Act, the Banishment Act and Section 27 of the Police Act which was replaced with the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011 that guarantees the freedom of individuals to gather peacefully.

“Our efforts will continue in the 2012 Parliament session which will see the ISA being abolished and a new law to replace it be tabled.”

“Amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act and the Printing Presses and Publications Act will also be made,” he said.

Source : The Star

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