PUTRAJAYA: Leaders must be willing to embrace transformation and take risks in facing new global realities and challenges, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said leaders should strive for transformation although the road ahead was difficult and there would be resistance from the people.
“I know transformation and change will not come easily. It is natural for people to resist change, to hold on to familiar things. Some people are fearful of the uncertainty that change brings, others are threatened by having to do things differently.
“A true leader must be able to address these concerns and obstacles, and overcome resistance to change,” he said in his keynote address at the Langkawi International Dialogue 2011, themed “Enhancing Smart Partnership for Socio-Economic Transformation”.
Najib said good governance and best practices were essential prerequisites for economic growth and a precursor for transformation, adding that transparency, accountability and integrity were important for nation-building.
Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former prime ministers Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Tanzanian President Jayaka Kikwete, Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisilia and Swaziland Prime Minister Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini were among African leaders attending LID.
Najib said the “Age of Transformation” was being shaped by six factors: the impact of emerging economies; volatile political climates and natural catastrophes; the more pronounced roles played by governments; the private sector and civil society; the effects of climate change; and the Internet revolution.
Najib said transformation was one of the hallmarks of Malaysia’s administration and that he knew all too well the difficulties associated with the process.
“When the Government first introduced the New Economic Model (NEM), we knew Malaysia must first change the way things have always been done.
“We have now chartered a clear roadmap based on the strategies of the Government and Economic Transformation Programmes and the NEM that will enable us to achieve our target of becoming a high-income nation by 2020,” he said.
Source : The Star