KUALA LUMPUR, 3 April (Bernama) — Thorough planning and strategic implementation via the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) has not only benefited Malaysia’s plural society but has also boosted the nation’s status to be on par with advanced nations, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Recounting the achievements of both programmes, the prime minister said the present government was caring and responsible as evident from the provision of subsidies to help those affected by the pressures of high cost of living.
“Prudent economic and revenue management have made it possible for more than RM30 billion to be allocated every year for direct subsidies to lighten the people’s pressures of life.
“It has also enabled the government to disburse nearly RM3 billion to be given directly to the people this year,” Najib said tonight when unveiling the ETP and GTP 2011 Annual Report.
The report was prepared by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.
He also said the government has drawn up short, medium and long-term plans to mitigate the high cost of living which affected all segments of the society.
Among the short-term “one-off” measures implemented in 2012 are the 1Malaysia People’s Aid or BRIM, under which, RM500 is given to families earning less than RM3,000 a month. About four million households benefited from this aid.
In addition to the BRIM aid, the government also extended RM100 assistance to 5.3 million students nationwide and book vouchers worth RM200 which benefited 1.3 million students and involved nearly RM3 billion.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said he would announce the implementation of minimum wages at the end of the month for the private sector.
The prime minister also said the government was also committed to pursue the subsidy policy for selected foodstuffs such as rice, sugar, cooking oil and wheat as well as petroleum products like petrol, diesel and cooking gas.
To reduce the crime rate, the government adopted the national blue ocean strategy to increase the presence of more policemen at hotspot areas, which resulted in reducing street crime rate by as much as 39% while overall crime reduced by 11 per cent since 2009.
Najib also said 77 per cent of the children in the country have obtained pre-school education against 67 per cent, two years ago.
On upgrading basic rural infrastructure, the prime minister said to date, almost 1000 kilometers of rural roads have been built, 27,000 rural households have been enjoying electricity supply and more than 70,000 households have received clean water supply.
To accelerate rural development, the government launched the Rural Development Transformation Programme as part of the National Transformation Policy.
Under the programme, rural transformation centres (RTC) have and will continue to be built.
“The first RTC was launched in Gopeng, Perak, and the next will be launched in Kota Bharu and several others locations have also been identified,” he said.
As for the NKRA on public transportation, Najib said the first phase of the My Rapid Transit system was expected to be completed within five years.
Under the NKRA to alleviate the socio-economic status of low income earners, Najib said over 44 thousand households were removed from the hardcore poverty category.
The government has also implemented various initiatives, such as the 1AZAM that has benefited over 47 thousand households involving an expenditure of over RM500 million.
Najib also said under Kebajikan Rakyat 1 Malaysia or KAR1SMA, some RM1.4 billion would be allocated annually to 500,000 aid recipients nationwide.
On eradicating corruption, a total of 900 offenders were convicted as at the end of last year aided by the setting up of a special court to speed up corruption trials.
The prime minister also said besides the GTP introduced in 2009, the Economic Transformation Programme and the New Economic Model (NEM), aimed at getting Malaysia out of the middle-income trap, has shown encouraging results.
Najib also said the change and reform undertaken through the ETP and NEP initiatives resulted in Malaysia rising five notches in the world economic competitiveness list compared to the year before.
“Malaysia today is among 21 most competitive countries in the world and the World Bank in its “Doing Business 2012” report also acknowledged Malaysia as the 18th easiest country to start or run a business.
“We have overtaken developed countries like Germany, Japan, Taiwan and France,” he added.
Najib also said the country was on the right trajectory with per capita income having improved to US$9,700 from US$6,700 two years ago.
Besides, 2011 data also showed the highest Gross Domestic Product as well as Gross National Income achievements since independence, said Najib who celebrated his third year in office today.
“The GDP figure reached RM852.7 billion while the GNI was RM830.7 billion. These achievements have enabled the government to collect the highest revenue in history, post-independence, which is RM185.54 billion, thus allowing the implementation of numerous incentives for the benefit of the people, and measures to improve the government’s fiscal position,” he added.
Najib, who is also Umno President and Barisan Nasional Chairman, also said all these achievements were clear proof of the openness, transparency and accountability of the government.
“This government has been frank to Malaysians about the problems and challenges the country is facing and we have drawn up a holistic plan to deal with all the challenges which we have identified.
“We believe the people will elect a government which has a track record in putting the people’s interests above all,” he added.
Najib said the government, in drawing up policies, in spending the nation’s money, would not ever bankrupt the nation.
“Be careful with the tales being told by the “tukang karut” (people who make false promises). They only know how to make a promise but will never keep their word,” he added.
Source : Bernama