Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Economic Transformation Programme

When Tun Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister, Malaysia experienced rapid development and achieved results that none of our parents could have imagined. The respected Statesman was visionary and showed Malaysians "the way to success".

The year 2020 is not far away and we have 10 years left. We could have been on track to achieve the criteria of a developed nation, if not for a few years of administration which basically was on "auto pilot" mode.

To achieve Vision 2020 - the brainchild of Dr Mahathir, something bold must be done and a transformation programme is needed. As such, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak brought in talent from the private sector and the civil service under one roof - Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU).

To date, under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), the NKRA results have been met and statistics have shown that welfare is being channeled to the needy poor, rural areas will enjoy basic infrastructure and the crime rates at hot spots are being tackled with specific mechanisms.

With the great success of the GTP, the Government had to look at the nation's dull economy. Let's be frank. The economy needed a boost after a sleepy period under YOU-KNOW-WHO.

As such, the idea of an Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) was born. The private sector spent weeks if not months mapping out the future of our country together with the civil service and stakeholders of core industries which we call National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) today.

After all the hard work and energy sapping efforts, the Economic Transformation Programme (12 NKEA) is ready and will be showcased to the world on 21 Sept 2010 at PWTC from 9am to 5pm.

One word truly describes the ETP - bold. Be there to find out more of the economic roadmap by Najib's administration and the private sector to achieve Vision 2020!

On a personal note, I hope that when the Vision 2020 time capsule containing Tun Dr Mahathir's message is unlocked, we will be proud to tell Dr M that "as Malaysians from Tun's generation, we have not failed you and we are now a sovereign and developed nation".

Pakatan Rakyat, time for you to go back to school and the drawing board to learn how to be a Government.


katdog said...

Your comments placing the blame on the failure to achieve Vision 2020 on the AAB administration is inaccurate and too simplistic.

There are many many more reasons why we will be unable to meet the targets laid out in Vision 2020.

For example,Dr. M himself admitted he did not foresee the 1997 Asian economic crisis, and it was this crisis that brought Malaysia's development and progress to its knees.

But of course, then, there was still ample time to re-strategize. But instead, Dr. M decided to 'close off' Malaysia to outside investors whom he blamed as the perpetrators of the financial crisis. This started the stagnation of Malaysia's economy as investors decided then to turn to neighbours Thailand and Indonesia (despite these countries being higher risk than Malaysia).

But as these two countries reformed and stabilized, they became even more attractive to investors and today they are the preferred investment destination.

This is but one of the contributor to Malaysia's problems.

Malaysia's ruin cannot be traced to a few simple convenient root causes (such as blaming AAB). Malaysia's malaise is the result of multiple failures in the policies and its execution by the government and its administration over a period of more than a decade.

Anonymous said...

Wei Liang,

Vision 2020 was meant to be a fantasy! Bangsa Malaysia indeed! If you believe that, you are on Fantasy Island. Then we cannot believe you either.

TDM's recent outbursts show that his unsolicited "advice" are just to serve his cronies who are still raking in billions of ringgits. Aren't they still collecting exhorbitant highway tolls long after the costs of building the highways were recouped? Etc, etc, etc. Correct, correct, correct!

Anonymous said...

Goh Wei Liang, You call yourself an Economics graduate??? LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

APOMM is dead. Don't believe me? Just read the Blog Stats. Your blind devotion for all things BN has rendered this Blog worthless unlike the earlier part of your blogging.

James Tan, Melbourne.