When Wong Chun Wai first wrote in his column (The Star) - Najib adopts people-first leadership style - many were skeptical that DS Najib will be a good leader and have the people at heart.
Over the years as DPM, Najib faced a wave of successful smear campaign by bloggers, certain quarters of the media and of course the Opposition.
Being the son of a former Prime Minister, he was portrayed as a man of arrogance, elitist and scandal laced.
In just his 30 days of 1Malaysia philosophy, he went straight to work and 1Malaysia placed himself among the people.
After addressing the problems in the heart of KL and the Bumi quota in many core sectors, DS Najib and TS Muhyiddin will come up with another people first policy soon - the PPSMI review.
I expect nothing less than continuing the essence of PPSMI while making amendments and improvements to the implementation of the policy.
It seems to me People First philosophy is adopted by TS Muhyiddin also with his educational visits to schools and departments to hear for himself the problems.
This is truly respectable as we usually think our report stays at the desk of the small Departmental heads or Officer-In-Charge only.
Having said these, I sincerely applaud the moves and work of our new Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Let me share my views on the policies so far.
The move to nationalize PLUS is an expensive but socially beneficial move. However, the people must not misunderstand. It does not mean we do not have to pay toll anymore.
The toll must continue as a source of revenue to the Government, although at a cheaper and socially adjusted rates.
All these while, many quarters especially among the Chinese and foreign investors, the 30% Bumiputera quota has been a major issue.
With the liberalization of 27 core sectors in Malaysia, the move is seen as a big step towards a competitive Malaysian business community.
Although this policy will boost the support for Malaysia and especially the Government, I urge DS Najib to constantly review the economic situation.
There should not be any particular race left out or marginalized by the liberalization of the sectors.
We do not want to see a repeat of the colonial days when economic power was in the hands of the Chinese only while other races remain in poverty.
That was why NEP had to be in place to ensure Malaysia's economy was not generated by only 25% of her population but by a united Malaysian multiracial community.
The economic pie should be shared and enjoyed by every single Malaysian.
It intrigues me to wonder what Wong Chun wai meant with his latest article : Good news - and more to come.
I personally hope more Ministers will "turun padang" to hear the people's problems. There are many problems that Malaysians face such as
1. Public transportation (mainly busses)
2. Medical and hospital systems (mainly quality and service)
3. University education (mainly quality and entrance)
4. Education policy in schools (mainly PPSMI, fundings/Govt aid)
5. Public sector pay scheme (mainly to battle corruption)
A People-First leadership. A united Malaysia. A PIECE OF MY MIND supports the essence of 1Malaysia !
p/s Anwar & RPK has yet to produce the evidence that could save two lives or prove that they weren't lying all the while
New PM hits the ground with personal touch
Sunday April 5, 2009
Clad in casual khaki attire, Najib spent over two hours visiting Petaling Street, also known as KL’s Chinatown, the predominantly Malay area of Vista Angkasa near Kampung Kerinchi, and then Brickfields with its Indian-majority community.
“My visit is to meet ordinary people to know about their problems,” he added.
EPU to tackle highway toll issue
Saturday April 18, 2009
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said paying toll was something which the people disliked and the EPU had been directed to come up with a comprehensive solution to the issue. Najib said the Government would also look into electricity and gas tariffs from time-to-time.
Condition of rundown buildings upsets Deputy PM
Friday April 24, 2009
Being located in the heart of the capital city did not give extra advantage to some schools. This is true in the case of two schools which Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin visited yesterday. He was upset to see how rundown SJK (T) Ladang Bukit Jalil was and the less than satisfactory state of SMK Setapak Indah. The moment he arrived at the schools, Muhyiddin rolled up his sleeves and got down to work.
Govt lifts 30% bumi rule for 27 services sub-sectors
Wednesday April 22, 2009
The government has removed the 30% bumiputra equity condition in 27 services sub-sectors, with immediate effect. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the sub-sectors, which involved health and social services, tourism services, transport services, business services and computer and related services, would have no equity conditions imposed.
Najib: Bumi traders can compete
Friday April 24, 2009
“The bumiputras have the ability to compete with the rest. I am not worried that they will become ‘extinct’ or lose out in competition because of this decision,” he told the Malaysian media at the end of his one-day official visit here yesterday.
“Other Asean countries have opened their services sector and we are way behind in this. You mean to say our people can’t compete? What’s wrong with our people?,” he asked.
Najib wants immediate attention to ease city congestion
Saturday April 25, 2009
However, he was not happy with the traffic congestion and the inefficiency of the public facilities during his one-hour inspection. Later, Najib inspected the long-abandoned Plaza Rakyat building project located next to Puduraya before departing at 4.25pm. "He wants the project to resume as soon as possible," Raja Nong Chik said.
(Credits to MStar and TheStar for the photos)