KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hailed the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Sunday night, saying it had achieved “significant success”, made possible by the untiring efforts of all and the trust given by the people.
The prime minister said achieving the encouraging success was not easy because it required time and dedication on the part of those involved.
“We achieved success because of hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and our willingness to work as a team for the sake of the people and our beloved country.
“However, we cannot deny that there have been constraints and difficulties that we faced but we managed to overcome them,” he said at the launch of the 2010 GTP Annual Report at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here.
Present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and all the ministers involved in the six National Key Result Areas (NKRAs).
Najib said the GTP was a major agenda of the government that was launched after an in-depth analysis of the people’s needs and aspirations.
He said that when the GTP was launched in January last year, the government realised that the people had entrusted a major undertaking to the government in fulfilling their aspirations in a speedy manner.
“The people want to live in a country that is peaceful and safe, a country where every Malaysian is able to enjoy a much more comfortable living and a better quality of life. We are able to feel not only the heartbeat of their aspirations but also those of the future generation,” he said.
The prime minister said after a year of its implementation, the people were now able to share the success of the GTP in all the six National Key Result Areas namely reducing crime, combating corruption, widening access to quality and affordable education, raising the living standard of the low-income households, improving rural basic infrastructure and improving urban public transportation.
Under the NKRAs, he said, for the first time in four years, the country’s crime index had been reduced by 35 per cent and street crimes by 15 per cent, the largest year-on-year reduction in the country’s history.
Relating a story about his visit to Muar, Johor, yesterday, Najib said he was told that the crime rate, particularly street crime in the district, had been reduced by 50 per cent through the NKRA initiative.
He said the year 2010 also saw the highest achievement in terms of education with 700,000 children having been provided with early education, showing a significant improvement in reading and counting.
In combating corruption, he said, the enactment of the Whistleblower Act last year was a meaningful step towards the effort.
Actions taken by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had also managed to change the people’s perception and they were now becoming more confident about the government’s effort to tackle corruption, he said.
On urban public transportation, he said, the country achieved 2.34 million light rail transit riderships and an increase of 192 per cent in the number of transit bus passengers, he said.
Najib said the government had also managed to improve the lot of over two million rural residents by building 750km of road, supplying electricity and clean water to 36,723 households and building and repairing 16,962 houses.
“We have also reduced 99 per cent of hardcore poor households. This is a very significant success which have never been achieved before in the country.
“This is not easy but we managed to do it,” he said.
The 268-page GTP report, published by the Prime Minister’s Department, can be downloaded from the website www.pemandu.gov.my.
Source : Bernama