Monday, January 25, 2010


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak says Malaysia is in the middle of an ocean with full of challenges and something extraordinary has to be done so that its progress is not overtaken by other countries.
“If we don’t do something extraordinary, something with full commitment, I’m worried we will be overtaken by other countries,” said the prime minister when interviewed on TV3’s “Soal Jawab Bersama Perdana Menteri” programme when asked whether Malaysia’s vision to become a developed nation in 2020 was achievable.
Datuk Seri Najib was interviewed by Datuk Ahmad A. Talib, news and editorial operations executive director of Media Prima Berhad and New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd.
The prime minister said the developed nation definition hinged on what was actually the values and attributes of an advanced nation as the world’s scenario had changed.
He said Malaysia waited for several years to recover from the unexpected 1997 Asian financial crisis and now the world has been hit again by the global financial crisis, from which Malaysia has been experiencing the adverse effects.
“Hence, the situation is more challenging (now) to attain advanced nation status as the growth achieved (thus far) had fizzled out following the crises and mounting challenges posed by other countries.
“Previously, in the 1980s, China’s communist ideology served as the main guide, while India has not even started its reform (programmes), and Vietnam was with its closed economy.
“Now these countries have become (our) competitors,” he said in the one-hour interview. Asked what has to be done in order for Malaysia to be not overtaken by other countries, Najib said he had started the first agenda with the administration philosophy — the 1Malaysia concept with the objective “People First, Performance Now”.
“After that, we have the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) methodology. These are part of the Government Transformation programme. Thirdly is the new economic model for Malaysia which is being formulated. After that, we’ll have the 10th Malaysia Plan.
“There are segments of the agenda that stressed on innovation and creativity,” he added

The prime minister stated that the internal crises that some component parties in the Barisan Nasional (BN) faced lately are on the wane.

“There are signs the crises are about to be over and their leaders are looking at various possibilities to end them.
“As such, I deem that efforts are in progress to end them but have not reached the final stage.

But there are signs that solutions are being found that can be accepted by the members of their respective parties,” said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Datuk Seri Najib said this when replying to questions about the state of the parties concerned, which was seen as jeopardising the prime minister’s efforts to develop the country.
Datuk Seri Najib, who is also BN chairman, said he had provided guidance to the parties concerned in the hope that their leadership could find the best formulas to resolve the crisis they were facing.
He said BN component parties with problems could emulate Umno’s radical action which amended its constitution last year to further strengthen the party.
“They are our friends. They can follow what was started by Umno because we made a radical change at the last Umno general assembly.
“If studied, the significance of the amended Umno constitution is that there is no constraint for any party member to contest any post in the party,” he said.
Datuk Seri Najib added that what was important was for all BN component parties to evaluate the people’s support for their party.

News courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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