KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 (Bernama) — The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) has touched millions of Malaysians far and wide and its impact on the nation has been nothing short of astounding, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
While delighted and humbled, the prime minister said the GTP had once again delivered results that mattered when all seven National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) impacted positively on the lives of Malaysians regardless of race, religion or socio-economic status, staying true to the ideals of 1Malaysia.
“In 2011, the GTP once again delivered on its promise to bring about transformational change. We made strong strides forward on all fronts and not only achieved, but in some cases exceeded, the stretched GTP targets and milestones.
“All in all, 2011 was the year the government machinery sustained its momentum, running harder, faster and better to deliver real results to our key stakeholders – the people of Malaysia,” he said in the foreword of the 2011 Annual Report of the GTP issued by the Prime Minister’s Department.
The seven NKRAs are Reducing Crime, Fighting Corruption, Improving Student Outcomes, Raising Living Standards of Low-Income Households, Improving Rural Basic Infrastructure, Improving Urban Public Transport and Addressing the Rising Cost of Living.
Najib said urban or rural, lives had been transformed for the better with a true sense of permanence and real empowerment.
“The achievements of 2011 also demonstrated that the results of the previous year were no mere coincidence. Rather, they bore testament to the strong strategic planning and relentless determination of the government to realise its targets and deliver results.”
He said in the true spirit or transparency, accountability and unbiased disclosure, the report of the GTP provided an accurate account of the GTP’s wins and shortcomings, the key lessons learnt, and the government plans going forward to safeguard the interests of the rakyat.
Therefore, he welcomes public feedback, constructive criticism and suggestions on how to better the GTP effort as the government fine-tunes its targets in pursuit of even better results for 2012 and beyond.
He said an independent panel of international experts, providing an outside-in view of the progress regarded the GTP as delivering results and driving real transformation for real people.
Najib said the GTP had accomplished the impossible when the idea of such transformational change in such a short time was previously deemed imposibble.
“And it did this without an overly large budget or expansive resources. Instead, it took the passionate and committed civil service, supported by the right action plans, result-oriented goals and a people-centric focus to make a difference.”
He said GTP had earned the praises of respected subject matter experts and leaders from the developing and developed nations where they had applauded the GTP’s thoroughness, its unconventional approach and its transformational effects.
“They have also lauded the way the GTP’s pioneering work has enhanced the civil service and become the worthy subject of case studies.
“Aside from benefiting the people, the GTP has ultimately changed the way the government works – making us more transparent, accountable, efficient and service-oriented. When I mentioned in 2011, that the days of ‘government knows best’ are over, I meant it,” he said.
Najib said the GTP was testament for the government to embrace the culture of being a people-friendly, proactive organisation that had the people’s interests at heart.
He said the GTP in its entirety was a nine-year plan divided into three horizons spanning three years each, and Malaysia was still in the first horizon (2010-2012) and much work to be done before 2020.
He said with turbulent times ahead for the world economies, the journey forward was expected to be fraught with challenges, but the momentum of big wins and unprecedented firsts would be maintained to achieve the ambition of becoming a developed, harmonious, properous and high-income nation by 2020.
“As we continue to run the race well and make strong strides forward as a united 1Malaysia, we will ensure that all of Malaysia crosses the finishing line,” he said.
Source : Bernama