Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More improvements can be expected from Pemudah, says PM Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today declared that the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) has exceeded his expectations in improving the ease of doing business in Malaysia.

He told reporters after a meeting with Pemudah committee members that by next month more improvements from the taskforce can be expected.

“And this is not the end, by April 2010, the various focus groups established under Pemudah will be delivering improvements on government procurement, labour legislation, closing a business, dealing with licences and trade facilitation,” said Najib.

He added that through Pemudah, the time taken to start a business has been reduced to three days from 11 days previously.

It has also worked with the judiciary for the new commercial courts to dispose of commercial cases except for those related to intellectual property and muamalat in 270 days from an average disposal time of 585 days previously, said Najib.

He said that a standard identification number for business entities has also been introduced, to be used when dealing with government agencies.

“Registering standard landed properties is reduced to two days from 41 days previously. For non-standard cases, registration of landed property will be reduced to 10 days from 41 days previously,” said Najib.

He was also confident that the civil service will support Pemudah’s initiatives.

“Clearly Pemudah has more than met my expectations. Even as I commend the dedication and commitment of the Pemudah members I must also thank the members of the civil service who have responded so positively to the proposals of Pemudah and translated the proposals into reality,” said Najib.

“I am confident that the public sector will give their full support to ensure that these improvements are implemented,” he added.

At today’s meeting Najib was presented with a copy of “Guidebook on Registering Property in Malaysia” by Pemudah.

Pemudah was formed in February 2007 to enhance public service delivery and improve Malaysia’s business environment.

Its membership comprises selected members of the private and public sectors.

It is co-chaired by chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan and Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers president Tan Sri Yong Poh.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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