BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 12 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia does not need the welfare state concept as it had focused on the people’s well-being and welfare for 54 years since independence.
The prime minister said the government would continue to champion the principle of prosperity for the country by improving the well-being of the people.
He said there were attempts to advance the so-called new brand, a welfare state, but it was something that the Barisan Nasional government had done for a long time.
“We have the best record in the world in poverty eradication. The hardcore poverty had gone down to minimum.
“We will continue to mop up the residual pockets of poverty left,” he said at an Aidilfitri open house with the Malaysian community here Monday.
“We do not want to give the people just a fish, but now we give him a hook and a fish. Now we are focusing on relative poverty and the figure is also declining. We are also considering other groups who are earning below RM3,000 (a month),” he said.
He said for the government to be able to take care of the people’s welfare, the country needed to register strong economic growth as without it the government would not be able to give subsidies and assist the people.
“If you cannot get good economic growth you will face problems. With economic growth half of the problems can be resolved. If you cannot get the growth you cannot do anything. We have to ensure strong economic growth,” he said.
Najib said as ties between Malaysia and Brunei remained strong, many problems that emanated in bilateral relations could be resolved.
“We can see a lot of progress in various fields whether oil and gas, connectivity between the two countries, security, tourism, fisheries or others, including Brunei’s investment in Malaysia which continue to increase,” he added.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Datuk Abdullah Sani Omar were present.
Source : Bernama