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Najib to review ministers' performance every 6 months

By Saturday April 11th, 2009 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today introduced a series of key performance indicators (KPIs) to gauge the performance and achievements of his cabinet to as the first steps towards reform and the approach of a more responsible, focused and people-centric government.

The prime minister said he would also be personally involved in assessing the performance of all the ministers every six months with the assistance of the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who is in charge of a unit to monitor the KPIs.

“With the help of this minister, I will monitor the KPIs to ensure that they run smoothly. For the record, I will be personally and directly involved in reviewing the performance of all the ministers every six months.

“Should any performance not meet the standard, I, the relevant minister and public officials concerned will remove any obstacle that is impeding their performance. This is has been my approach all along to achieve transformation through a performance-based leadership,” he said.

Najib, who was sworn in as prime minister last Friday, announced a leaner cabinet yesteroday comprising 28 ministers for 25 ministries compared with 32 ministers for 27 ministries during the administration of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said the KPIs would focus on impact, rather than inputs, and outcome, rather than outputs, to ensure public service delivery that is value for money.

“The indicator will reflect the country’s key strategy and will be monitored by a new unit to be led by a minister in the Prime Ministers Department.

“To achieve this, I want the ministers and senior officials in the civil service to be responsible for their own achievements based on the KPIs,” Najib said before announcing the new cabinet in Putrajaya.

He also said that the 40 deputy ministers would be given specific tasks.

He would also instruct the ministers to draw up KPIs complete with job specifications for themselves and their deputies within 30 days from today.

“This is my intention, to set such objective so that the new government truly shoulders the responsibility entrusted it by the people,” he said.

He also reminded the newly appointed ministers to work hard, listen to the complaints and work relentlesslt with commitment to the 1Malaysia concept.

“We have been given the honour to serve the people and nation so we should accept this honour with humility and dedication,” he said.

Source : Bernama

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