'Govt Knows Best' Era is Over, Says Najib

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PUTRAJAYA, April 9 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the era where the government imposed excessive controls and adopted the attitude of ‘government knows best’ is over.

He said the aspiration of turning Malaysia into a peaceful and prosperous country could be achieved when the government and the people worked together to meet this objective.

“The fact is that we are still facing numerous obstacles. But I believe that there is no problem in the country that cannot be tackled with the capability, skills and talents possessed by the people,” he said before announcing his new Cabinet line-up, here today.

Najib also asked the people, especially the young generation, to take up his challenge that they teamed up with the government to bring about transformation.

“Efforts at transforming the nation must start with transforming the government, a new Cabinet with new responsibilities and a new structure,” he said. Najib, who was calm and cheerful, expressed confidence that members of his cabinet would be able to fulfill the requirements of his motto “One Malaysia; People First; Performance Now”.

Asked how much time he would need to restore the confidence and support of all groups and races in the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, he said: “It is a long journey but we have to start somewhere.”

“The 1,000-mile journey starts with the first step. We will get there,” he said, alluding to his efforts to regain greater people support for the BN.

Asked what he would do to non-performers after the six-month evaluation, he said he believed that all those entrusted were fully aware of the big task and responsibility given.

“But there are many ways to go about it. We could follow the football system of giving the yellow card or a gentle reminder,” he said in a lighter vein.

Source : Bernama

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