State govt gets WWF award for largest marine park

Posted on : 30-04-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

April 30, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Global conservation organisation WWF yesterday presented its prestigious Leaders for a Living Planet Award to the state government in recognition of its effort to create the largest marine park in Malaysia.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman said the State Government was deeply honoured to receive the award which was presented by WWF-Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma at the Chief Minister’s office conference room in Wisma Innoprise.
Musa said part of Sabah’s great strength lies in the richness of the natural resources contained within the lush forests and bountiful seas.
The proposal to gazette Tun Mustapha Park will pave the way for conservation of a significant ecosystem and coastline, he said, adding the Sabah Government has long recognised the importance of conserving the seas surrounding its coastlines.
“We are committed towards efforts to protect our seas and terrestrial landscapes, as reflected in the State’s Halatuju and Sabah Development Corridor (SDC).
“In developing Sabah, we strive for a balanced and sustainable economic development, not to be at the expense of the environment.
“I wish to thank WWF for according Sabah Government this recognition and will strive to fulfill its objectives,” he said.
The proposed Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) represents almost one million hectares of marine protected area off the north coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The park will encompass 50 islands and will protect one of the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems.
WWF has launched a major global effort to emphasize the value of coastal marine resources to hundreds of millions of people around the world and to strengthen marine conservation.
As part of this initiative, WWF pledged full support to the state government of Sabah for the designation of the park and to help secure the funding required to ensure its effective management once created.
“The gazettement of Tun Mustapha Park is a globally significant action that will boost the conservation and biodiversity of this uniquely rich natural environment. It will also do much to ensure the sustainable management of the significant marine resources in the area, for the long-term benefit of the more than 80,000 people living on the coast and islands in the proposed park,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International.
Fishing is a key economic driver of this northern coastal area of Sabah, with approximately 100 tonnes of fish – valued at US$200,000 – caught each day.
The planned park holds four species of sea turtles, 550 fish species, 252 hard coral species, and 243 invertebrate species with new species being discovered continuously. Migratory marine mammals such as dolphins and whales also feed in the area.
“Effective management of the Tun Mustapha Park will help ensure the viability of the area’s fisheries resources – and high quality ecotourism can provide hugely increased value, based on this natural treasure. The gazettement of this park should act as a model and an inspiration for marine conservation worldwide,” said Marco Lambertini.
Marco Lambertini also paid tribute to Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, chairman of Sabah Parks, for the outstanding contribution his organisation has made in the long journey toward TMP’s gazettement.
WWF’s Leaders for a Living Planet Award acknowledges the long-standing commitment of the Sabah state government to create the proposed Tun Mustapha Park. The award recognises the role the government’s lead agency, Sabah Parks, has played in advancing this issue and encourages the state government to designate the park as planned by the end of 2015.
“The announcement of the Sabah Government’s intention to gazette the TMP to create Malaysia’s largest marine park has not only national significance, but regional and global importance too as a significant marine area in the Coral Triangle – an area gravely threatened by overfishing and pollution,” said Dr Dionysius.
Dionysius Sharma paid tribute to the foresight of the Sabah Government led by the Chief Minister in declaring its intention to gazette the TMP.
WWF-Malaysia has been supporting the gazettement process and working with state government agencies and partners since 2003 through implementation of a number of strategies to support the establishment of the TMP, including community consultations, demonstrating benefits of marine protected areas, alternative livelihood programmes, and education and public awareness.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
April 30, 2015
KOTA KINABALU: Global conservation organisation WWF yesterday presented its prestigious Leaders for a Living Planet Award to the state government in recognition of its effort to create the largest marine park in Malaysia.

ETP positive, but analysts concerned on investment trends into 11MP

Posted on : 30-04-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

April 30, 2015
KUCHING: Positivity from the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) in 2014 proves that Malaysia is on the right path towards a developed nation, but analysts are worried on the sustainability of investment trends headin to the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in the release of Pemandu’s 2014 Annual Reports of the GTP and the ETP late Tuesday, expressed confidence that Malaysia’s vision to emerge as an advanced economy as well as sustain a balanced budget could be achieved by 2020.
The key performance indicators (KPI) under the 12 NKEAs achieved an overall score of 110 per cent in 2014, higher than 103 per cent in 2013.
The focus on inclusiveness and sustainability will likely be a prelude to 11MP, which is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament on May 21, 2015.
Analysts at Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd (AffinHwang Capital) said the acceleration in the pace of growth in private investment raises the questions and concerns on the sustainability of investment trends from 2016 through to 2020.
“We believe the ongoing implementation of projects (especially in the services sector) will continue to support healthy performance of private investment going forward.
“However, the acceleration in the pace of growth in private investment, which exceeded regional peers in recent years, raises the questions and concerns on the sustainability of investment trends in the next five years into the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) from 2016 through to 2020,” it said in a note yesterday.
The International Trade and Industry Ministry had earlier cautioned that the total approved manufacturing investment will likely slow to RM56 billion projected for 2015, from RM71.9 billion achieved in 2014.
“The decline in commodity and oil prices will likely lower the investments from the commodity and mining industries,” it added. “We believe the approved mining investment from major oil & gas (O&G) companies will slow, affected by lower exploration activities, but could be cushioned by approved investments in the services sector going forward.”
Kenanga Investment Bank said the report cards gave the impression that the government would remain focused on countering the continued global and domestic challenges in 2015 and beyond.
(Source: The Borneo Post)
April 30, 2015
KUCHING: Positivity from the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) in 2014 proves that Malaysia is on the right path towards a developed nation, but analysts are worried on the sustainability of investment trends headin to the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

PM: Pemandu’s achievements something to be proud of

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April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The success of Malaysia’s ongoing transformation under the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) is recognised internationally.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said World Bank researchers Prof Charles Sabel and Luke Jordan had acknowledged Malaysia’s progress in their research paper Doing, Learning, Being: A Study of Malaysia’s Transformation Programme.
“As a result, Pemandu was voted among the 20 best government innovation teams at the international level by Nesta (an innovation agency in Britain) and Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2014.”
Najib, who was speaking at the launch of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) 2014 reports, said Tanzania was using both Pemandu’s model and consultants to plan its national development agenda.
He said others, including South Africa and India, were assessing whether to use Pemandu’s services.
Despite criticisms of the programmes, he said neither he nor his Cabinet ministers would back down or surrender.
Acknowledging that foremost on the minds of Malaysians was how GTP and ETP affected them, he said the Government’s main commitment under GTP was to ensure that every Malaysian enjoyed a better quality of life via the seven National Key Result Areas (NKRA).
As for ETP, he said the focus was on building a strong and more resi­lient economy through 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).
He said the programmes were designed to be inclusive and sustainable in order for Malaysia to gain high income and developed status.
Since the programmes’ inception five years ago, income per capita had increased from US$7,059 in 2009 to US$10.426 last year and investments from US$142bil in 2009 to US$228bil last year.
Najib added that 170,000 people were no longer poor following income increases in the last five years.
Najib said Sabahans and Sarawakians were also benefiting.
“As an example, in 2014 alone, 242km of roads were completed, 6,000 homes now get clean water, 13,000 families get electricity supply and 5,500 new homes have been built.”
Taking time to dispel misconceptions about 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), Najib said the cash subsidies were the best approach to help needy Malaysians at this time.
He said such assistance, whether cash or otherwise, was provided by many countries. These include education grants, financial aid plan, welfare payments and food stamps.
He said BR1M was practised in developed countries as part of their social safety net policy.
He introduced single mother Dayah Mamut, 41, from the Betong Longhouse in Sarawak, who benefited from BR1M.
He said BR1M makes a difference for Dayah, who works as a security guard at a school to raise her four children aged 11 to 20.
Najib said he was happy to report the overall Key Performance Index (KPI) for all the NKRAs reached 105% while the overall KPI for NKEAs had exceeded targets and were at the rate of 110%.
(Source: The Star)
April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The success of Malaysia’s ongoing transformation under the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) is recognised internationally.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said World Bank researchers Prof Charles Sabel and Luke Jordan had acknowledged Malaysia’s progress in their research paper Doing, Learning, Being: A Study of Malaysia’s Transformation Programme.

GTP/ETP report: Highlights

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April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the 2014 annual GTP and ETP reports on Tuesday, outlining five key performance indicators from 2010.
The five key indicators were:
1) The per capita income of Malaysians increased from US$7,059 in 2009 to US$10,426 in 2014;
2) The value of investment remained high with investment totalling RM142bil in 2009, and increasing to RM228bil in 2014;
3) From 2010 to 2014, 1.5 million new jobs were created in NKEA sectors;
4) More than five million people in rural areas received basic amenities including electricity supply and clean water since the GTP and ETP were implemented; and
5) Almost 170,000 poor people escapes the poverty cycle after their incomes increased during the five years.
The achievements were supported by various initiatives and investments, benefiting Sabah and Sarawak as well.
In his speech, the Prime Minister also listed out the projects and programmes which had major positive impact on the people:
* Investment activities in the Pengerang Integrated Complex with an investment value of US$27bil by 2019 and capable of providing up to 4,000 jobs to the people.
* 242km of roads constructed, 6,000 houses received clean water supply, 13,000 families received electricity supply and 5,500 new homes built.
* 307 Klinik 1Malaysia were set up throughout the country since 2010 in urban and rural areas benefiting more than 15.8 million registered cases.
* Seven million households enjoyed the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BRIM).
* 161 Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KRIM) were set up since 2010 offering products which are 15% to 30% cheaper than the market price.
* More than five million people in rural areas received facilities like roads, clean water and electricity supply since 2010.
* 4,553km of rural roads built between 2010 and 2014.
* Bus Rapid Transit or BRT Sunway Line service by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad due for completion by June 2015 for the benefit of 500,000 residents in Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway.
* Phase 1 of the Ampang LRT Track Extension Project would be completed by October 2015, benefiting residents in Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil and Puchong.
* Almost 170,000 people from the lower income group benefited from the poverty eradication programme or 1AZAM, and almost 65,000 families were assisted through capacity and skills development.
* More than RM100mil in aid were given to almost 130,000 pre-school pupils in private institutions and from the lower-income households.
* School fees assistance amounting to almost RM7.5mil were enjoyed by more than 3,000 children in private nurseries.
* 13 more schools were identified as High Performance Schools in 2014, bringing the total to 128.
* Under the GTP, the national crime index rate was reduced by as much as 40% in the past five years.
* Car thefts reduced to almost 20% in 2014.
* The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) under the Anti-Corruption NKRA increased from level 44 in 2010 to level 52 in 2014 out of 175 nations.
* National Gross Domestic Product among the highest in Asean nations with a 6% growth compared to the 5.7% estimate by the World Bank.
* 64% of total investment value in 2014 were from the private sector.
* Attaining ETP based on overall achievement by 2010, which is achieving the per capita income of US$15,000, creating 3.3 million job opportunities, and gaining US$444bil in investments.
* The MRT Sungai Buloh Kajang Route Project which as of 2014, was ahead of schedule with 59% completed, and expected to be operational by July 2017.
* The MRT project provided job opportunities to about 2,800 Malaysian engineers.
* The Sungai Kelang and Sungai Gombak river clean-up project at 53% completion. Among the initiatives, which have been completed are eight river water treatment plants and four waste water treatment plants.
* Since 2011, almost 2,000 retail entrepreneurs benefited from the retail store transformation programme (Tukar) under the Wholesale and Retail NKRA.
* The number of tourists to Malaysia increased by 6.7% to almost 28 million during the 2014 Visit Malaysia Year.
* The Government approved one more mega project in South-East Asia near the KLIA, called the Mitsui Outlet Park, which will begin operations by the middle of this year.
* The High Value Herbal Products Initiative helped increase the value of these products. For instance, the raw Tongkat Ali herb which was RM2 per kilogramme jumped to RM2,800 per kilogramme after the standardisation process.
* The number of skilled workers will be increased to 50% of the total work force by 2020.
* Female workforce will be increased to 55% by the end of 2015.
* Almost RM48bil in business opportunities, sponsorship and education created for bumiputras.
* Programmes to increase bumiputra access to sponsorship and markets – Dana Teras worth RM2bil, Dana Halal (RM580mil), and Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputra.
* The overall KPI for the NKRAs was 105%, while in general, the NKEA exceeded its target and reached 110%.
* The Report on Ease of Doing Business Index issued by the World Bank placed Malaysia at 18th place, compared to 20 previously.
* IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014 reported Malaysia’s position improved to 12th place from 15. – BERNAMA
(Source: The Star)
April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the 2014 annual GTP and ETP reports on Tuesday, outlining five key performance indicators from 2010.
The five key indicators were:

GTP on the right track over past five years

Posted on : 29-04-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is on the right track and has a positive impact on millions of people in its journey over the past five years, starting 2010.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala hoped the momentum of the GTP success until 2014 would continue in the coming years.
“We have, in the course of the last five years, made significant progress and in some areas, delivered tremendous transformational change,” he said in the 2014 Annual Report on the GTP.
Idris, who is also chief executive officer (CEO) of Performance Management & Delivery Unit (Pemandu) said the last five years demanded resilience from the people and the government’s commitment to deliver the national agenda.
With this achievement until 2014, the government brought the GTP to 2015 by trying to maintain and strengthen the momentum of the programme.
“2015 is about us turning over another page in the GTP roadmap. The next five years towards 2020 is a future for us to write,” added Idris.
In the 2014 GTP annual report, achievements of several individuals from among millions of Malaysians shared their success stories in the report.
For example, the story of former factory worker, Asbdullah Ali, 43, who benefited greatly from the Azam Tani programme in being a supplier of quail eggs and meat in Penang, Kedah and Perak. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is on the right track and has a positive impact on millions of people in its journey over the past five years, starting 2010.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala hoped the momentum of the GTP success until 2014 would continue in the coming years.

NKRA: Govt assistance produces results – Najib

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April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The increasing cost of living is one of the main areas of focus of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said efforts to minimise the cost-of-living hikes were specifically underlined in the seven National Key Result Areas (NKRA) under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).
The prime minister said over the first five years of GTP implementation, which began in 2010, the government had set up 307 1Malaysia Clinics throughout the country, covering urban and rural areas.
“Today, I can report with satisfaction and relief that the health service offered to the people has received exceptional response and has seen more than 15.8 million cases registered for treatment, with a payment of only RM1.
“For example, Karupaya Muthukanoo, from Pandamaran, Klang, who, in his feedback about the programme, said that the 1Malaysia Clinic was a blessing and a facility which he, as a Malaysian, can directly enjoy,” Najib said when launching the 2014 GTP and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) Report here last night.
The prime minister said with the services provided by the 1Malaysia Clinic, thousands of patients especially in the cities, including Karupaya himself, no longer needed to worry about the constraints of time and money in getting basic medical treatment.
“For this, let us all be grateful, and congratulate the health workers and nurses at the 1Malaysia Clinic,” he said.
Najib said under the NKRA, the government had also introduced the 1Malaysia People’s Aid or (BR1M).
“I understand that BR1M is now a hot topic of discussion. As such, let me take the opportunity tonight to correct the misconceptions of the aid.
“Actually, BR1M is a subsidy, given in the form of cash, directed at assisting the target group, which is the best way for Malaysia right now,” he said.
The prime minister explained that the aid had been implemented in many countries in various forms and under different names, including education fund aid, health financial plan aid, welfare payment, and aid through food coupons.
In Indonesia, for instance, under the “Keluarga Harapan’ Programme, the people were given cash assistance to alleviate their burden due to the rising cost of living resulting from the implementation of the petrol and diesel subsidy rationalisation programme in 2013.
A total of 3.2 million Indonesian households had benefited from the programme, which cost an estimated 700 billion rupiah, he said.
“The assistance in UK (United Kingdom) is through food stamps, using a special card for the purpose of buying food.
Other countries also provided aid to their people, whether in the form of financial or non-financial assistance,” he said.
Clearly, Najib said, the BR1M was not something strange, but had been practised in many developed countries in the world.
“It should be properly understood that BR1M is only a transitional measure in the process of fiscal consolidation to ensure that we really help the needy, compared to the bulk subsidy which was implemented before.
“In this context, let me share the story of Puan Dayah Mamut, 41 years old, from the longhouse in Betong, Sarawak.
She is a single mother who is now working as a security guard at a school and has four children aged between 11 and 20 years.
“Here, as a leader, I am happy to say that anyone can say what they like and think.
But for individual citizens like Puan Dayah, BR1M has really helped in alleviating her burden to support her schooling children.
“Despite what has been said, at least the government has tried its best to provide direct assistance to seven million households and individuals like Puan Dayah, who need it, regardless of political background,” he said.
At the same time, said the Prime Minister, since 2010, 161 1Malaysia People’s Shops had been set up throughout the country.
Through the shops, Najib said 272 1Malaysia products were sold at a price 15 to 30 per cent cheaper than the normal market price.
Meanwhile, under the NKRA relating to Improving the Standard of Living for Low-Income Households, he said almost 170,000 poor people could now live more comfortably through the 1AZAM programme, which eradicates poverty and emphasises on self-development and financial skills.
“We are also proud of the achievements of the 1AZAM programme, which has helped almost 65,000 families from the target group,” he said. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: The increasing cost of living is one of the main areas of focus of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said efforts to minimise the cost-of-living hikes were specifically underlined in the seven National Key Result Areas (NKRA) under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).

GTP/ETP report: Positive results, no personal indulgence, says Najib

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April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: All programmes planned under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) are running smoothly and producing positive results.
According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak on Tuesday, the implementation of GTP and ETP was done based on feedback after consulting all levels of society.
“The efforts in GTP and ETP show the government is not arbitrarily sitting cross-legged. In the simple terms of the young nowadays, what the government administration is doing is not personal indulgence.
“This has been the basis of my leadership. Engaging and understanding the need of the rakyat is paramount in guiding me to deliver the right programmes for all Malaysians,” he said when launching the 2014 GTP and ETP reports here, which was broadcast live over RTM.
The first horizon of the GTP (GTP 1.0) was from 2010 to 2012, GTP 2.0 from 2012 to the end of this year, while GTP 3.0 and onwards will determine developed nation status for Malaysia.
The GTP has seven National Key Result Areas (NKRAs), namely – Tackling The Cost of Living of The people; Boosting Rural Development; Upgrading Urban Public Transportation; Boosting the Standard of Living of Low Income Households; Ensuring Quality Education; Reducing Crime and Eradicating Corruption.
The reports presented Tuesday night are the true stories of achievements which are supported by facts, data and legitimate figures.
“Most important, all that is recorded and contained in the GTP and ETP reports … all are based on facts and figures, which are recognised by numerous quarters, whether at national level or international, specifically audited by certified auditors. Meaning, we don’t concoct the figures and digits,” Najib said.
Najib said he was raising this because lately the government had been attacked and criticised vehemently by certain quarters.
“It is the way of the world, that, to meet the wants and demands of every quarter in whatever matter, is an impossible thing, and not human. Only Allah the creator is perfect,” he said.
He said the success of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) in supervising the implementation of the GTP and ETP has attracted the attention of several countries, who were now adopting the model and consultation services of Pemandu.
The Prime Minister also outlined five main indicators in the implementation of GTP and ETP in the five years from 2010.
Firstly, he said, the per capita income of the people rose from US$7,059 (RM24,706) in 2009, to US$10,426 (RM36,491) in 2014; secondly, investment remained high with RM142bil (RM497bil) in 2009 and RM228bil (RM798bil) last year.
He said that other indicators were the creation of 1.5 million new jobs as of 2014 in the NKRA sectors since 2010.
More than five million people in the rural areas had received basic facilities such as electricity and clean water supply since GTP and ETP were implemented.
In addition, Najib said that almost 170,000 poor people had escaped the poverty cycle as a result of the increase in their income in the last five years. – BERNAMA
(Source: The Star)
April 29, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: All programmes planned under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) are running smoothly and producing positive results.

Najib’s full National Transformation Programme speech

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28 APRIL 2015
PM Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s full speech on Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme (NTP).
1. On this auspicious night, with the will and permission of Allah SWT, we have reached the fourth year for the presentation of the reports on the Government Transformation Programme or GTP and the Economic Transformation Programme or ETP. 2. In reality, time has gone by very fast. The Government Transformation Programme and the Economic Transformation Programme have been in place for almost five years now. 3. In connection to this, as a responsible Government which is accountable and fulfills its promises, each year, when the time arrives, around the end of April like now, I as the Head of Government, and on behalf of my friends in the Cabinet, will come forth in readiness, to present the achievements and successes which have been attained each year. 4. As the saying goes, we are not empty vessels, not traders who sell dreams, and we do not speak lies. The bottom line is that the Government today is a Government which stands on firm ground and deals with facts and realities. 5. What we want to share and report tonight are the real stories which are supported and backed by facts and data as well as valid numbers. 6. Most importantly, everything is recorded in the GTP report and the ETP report…everything is based on facts and figures, acknowledged by various parties, whether at the national or international level, specifically validated by certified auditors. 7. This means that we are not creating these figures and digits, or the achievement index, not at all, picking them out from the clouds or from the blue skies. Ladies and Gentlemen as well as Beloved Malaysians 8. I bring this up because of late, the Government has been vehemently lambasted and criticised by certain parties…. 9. In this situation, we are aware, as is the custom and way of the world, that, to meet the demands and wishes of all parties, in anything, is something that is impossible and not human. Only Allah SWT as the Creator and the Most Complete. 10. As I have often said, no country or civilisation in the world is built in a day, or accidentally. Surely, a successful motherland is built on systematic planning by the government in power. 11. As such, what is most important is that the people should know that for almost 60 years after we achieved independence, this country has been led by Barisan Nasional supported by an efficient and systematic administration. And at the core is a civil service which is based on the visions of the founding fathers. 12. Until today, there is continuity with the final and sole objective to see Malaysia emerge as a prosperous nation to be inherited by our children and grandchildren. Ladies and Gentlemen, 13. The bottom line is, we listen to complaints and criticisms and welcome the views and opinions of all parties, especially the people at the bottom. However, it should be remembered that whatever criticisms and suggestions should be constructive and not blindly given. 14. Because, …only with constructive criticism and suggestion are we able to correct, and improve on what is lacking and the weaknesses that exist here and there. 15. Otherwise, the process of national development will be disrupted…there will be chaos…and this would complicate the situation as well as confuse the people. Ladies and Gentlemen, 16. Clearly, with the measures taken in the GTP and the ETP are some of the evidence that our Government does not sit still. In the language of youths today, what the Government is doing now is not for its own pleasure…on the other hand, all planning is based on feedback and the process of consultation with all levels of society. 17. This has been the basis of my leadership. The engagement and understanding the needs of the rakyat, is paramount in guiding me to deliver the right programmes for all Malaysians. 18. As such, among the main initiatives of the Government since September 2009, was to set up the Performance Management and Implementation Unit or simply PEMANDU, under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Department. 19. It should be known that the main aim and objective of PEMANDU under the National Transformation Policy or DTN, is to supervise the implementation, assess progress, simplify and support delivery and spearhead the progress of the National Transformation Programme and the Economic Transformation Programme. This is all being implemented to make Malaysia a nation of High Income Advanced Economy, by the dawn of 2020 or much earlier than that. Insya-Allah. 20. PEMANDU was set up as coordinator to assist all ministries. In other words, PEMANDU does not function alone. Instead, as a facilitator in organising the government transformation programmes, in line with the responsibilities of the ministries. 21. This means that overall, PEMANDU is a unit which monitors the KPI and work standards of Ministers, Ministries and related Government Agencies. 22. For the information of all, based on PEMANDU’s report, the performance of Ministers will be presented, assessed and reviewed twice each year. This means that Ministers are also subject to their report cards which determine their KPI. 23. As such it should be made clear that PEMANDU comprises a combination of talents from the GLCs, private sector and government officials. The result is that, in only five years, the implementation of the Big Fast Results methodology in the GTP and ETP by PEMANDU for the transformation of Malaysia has attracted the attention of the world. 24. For instance, Tanzania is now using the model and consultation services of PEMANDU in its planning of the development agenda. While other nations like South Africa and India are now assessing to use PEMANDU’s services. 25. In fact, last year, two researchers from the World Bank, Professors Charles Sabel and Luke Jordan published a research paper titled “Doing, Learning, Being: A Study of Malaysia’s Transformation Program” which contained their acknowledgement of the actual results of the transformation in Malaysia. 26. Following that, for the year 2014, PEMANDU was also selected as one of the top 20 Government Innovation Teams at the global level by NESTA, which is an innovation body in UK and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Ladies and Gentlemen 27. On the presentation of the GTP and ETP reports tonight, as usual, many people out there are asking, as citizens, what has the report got to do with their daily lives? 28. Before that, it is better that I state that the Government Transformation Programme has passed the horizon or time frame of the first implementation, known as GTP 1.0 which was from 2010 to 2012. The GTP 2.0 is the second horizon, from 2012 to the end of this year, 2015. 29. As such, the overall assessment to determine the direction of the horizons of GTP 3.0 and so on will take us to the status of a developed nation. 30. Therefore, in summary, under the GTP, the government’s main commitment is to ensure all Malaysians enjoy the best quality of life especially through the 7 National Key Result Areas or NKRA. 31. Under the ETP, with increasing global connectivity, it is important for us to build a more stable and durable economy. This is implemented trough the 12 National Key Economic Areas. Ladies and Gentlemen, 32. Although in 2014, we were faced with an uncertain global economy, and domestically we were also faced with various tragedies which were really challenging, however, Alhamdulillah, all implementation of the GTP and ETP continue to progress on a planned path and are producing positive results. 33. Thankfully, various successes and benefits were generally felt by the people. The GTP and the ETP were planned to be inclusive, sustainable, moving towards a High Income Developed Nation status. 34. I know and I am aware, that the audience and people are asking, what are the major indicators of the Government’s achievements these five years. 35. For this purpose, I am happy to outline the five main indicators for the implementation of the GTP and the ETP to the nation and the people during the five years they were implemented, beginning from 2010 until this report has been updated: First, the per Capita income of Malaysians increased from US$7,059 in 2009, to US$10,426 in 2014; Second, the investment value remained high, with investments worth RM142 billion in 2009, rising to RM228 billion in 2014; Third, from 2010 up to 2014, 1.5 million new jobs were created in NKEA sectors. Fourth, five million more people in rural areas enjoyed basic amenities such as electricity and clean water since the implementation of the GTP and ETP; and; Fifth, almost 170,000 poor were successfully taken out of poverty as a result of an increase in income in the five years. Beloved Malaysians, 36. Within the major indicators that I have mentioned, the GTP and the ETP are supported by various initiatives such as investment activities in the Pengerang Integrated Complex in Johor, with the investment value past US$27 billion by 2019, and capable of providing four thousand jobs to the people. 37. In addition, the GTP and ETP initiatives are increasingly resulting in development benefits to our brothers in Sabah and Sarawak. 38. For instance, in 2014 alone, 242 kilometres of roads were completed, six thousand homes provided with clean water, 13,000 families received electricity supply and 5,500 new homes completed. Beloved Malaysians, 39. Referring to the NKRA Addressing the Rising Cost of Living, I am pleased to inform you that, now we have established 307 1Malaysia clinics throughout the country since 2010, covering urban and rural areas. 40. So far, I feel satisfied and relieved to report that the health services offered to citizens have received overwhelming response and brought benefit to more than 15.8 million treatment cases, with payment of only RM1. 41. For example, Mr Karupaya A/L Muthukanoo, from Pandamaran, Klang. He gave feedback towards this programme that the establishment of the 1Malaysia Clinic was a blessing and a facility that could be appreciated directly by him as a Malaysian. 42. Indeed, with this service, thousands of patients, especially among the urban population including Mr Karupaya now do not have to worry about time constraints and financial problems to receive basic medical care. 43. To that end, let us together thank and congratulate the officers and nurses in 1Malaysia Health Clinics! Ladies and gentlemen, 44. Under this NKRA as well, I would like to report about the 1 Malaysia People’s Aid or BR1M. I understand BR1M has now become a topic of much discussion. Therefore, let me take the opportunity tonight to correct inaccurate perceptions by certain quarters regarding the aid. 45. Actually, BR1M is a targeted subsidy in the form of cash given to the needy which is the best approach for Malaysians currently. 46. Everyone should know that such assistance has already been implemented by various countries in a variety of ways and under various names, such as education grants, health financial plan aid, welfare payments, and help through food stamps, and many others. 47. For example, in Indonesia in 2013, through the Family Hope Programme, its citizens were given cash assistance to help offset the cost of living due to the implementation of the rationalisation programme of subsidies for petrol and diesel. A total of 3.2 million Indonesian households were helped, with an estimated cost of 700 billion rupiah, equaling to 200 million ringgit. 48. The method of assistance in the UK is through the provision of ‘food stamps’ by using a special card for the purchase of food. 49. Meanwhile, several other countries have also implemented the provision of aid in financial or non-financial terms. 50. It is clear that BR1M is not something which is isolated or foreign, but has also been the practiced in many developed countries as one of its ’social safety net’ policies. 51. Above all, it should be well understood that BR1M is a transitional measure, in the fiscal consolidation process to ensure that we actually help those in desperate need, compared to wholesale subsidies implemented before. 52. In this regard, I would like to share the story of Puan Dayah Anak Kepada Mamut, aged 41, from Rumah Panjang in Betong, Sarawak. She is a single mother who now works as a security guard at a school and has four children aged between 11 and 20. 53. Here, as a leader, I would like to state that anyone can say anything they like and think. 54. However, for citizens like Puan Dayah, the 1Malaysia People’s Aid truly help eases the burden borne by her for her children’s schooling costs. 55. Let it be known that in addition to Puan Dayah, despite what is being said now, at least the government has tried its best to provide direct aid to seven million households and individuals in need, regardless of their political background. Ladies and gentlemen, 56. Let us all thank Puan Dayah, along with three of her children, because they took the trouble and accepted our invitation to come to Kuala Lumpur to attend this ceremony. 57. Furthermore, since 2010, a total of 161 1Malaysia People’s Stores have been established throughout the country. Through the 1Malaysia People’s Stores, 272 types of 1Malaysia products are priced at 15 to 30 per cent lower than the market rate. Ladies and gentlemen, 58. Referring to the NKRA for Improving Rural Development, Alhamdulillah, through the GTP so far, I am pleased to report that more than five million people in rural areas have benefited from the facilities provided such as roads, and the supply of clean water and electricity since 2010. 59. In this regard, I would like to share a GTP success story that continues to affect the daily life of the people. 60. It is about the building of a 60-kilometre road that connects Pekan Sook to Kampung Sinua in Keningau, Sabah. 61. The construction of this road, has brought blessings, and facilitated students from 18 schools in the area. On a larger scale, it has certainly made life easier for at least 10,000 people from the Murut and Dusun tribes. 62. Next, if I had mentioned last year, that the government had built 4,068 kilometres of rural roads, that is five times the distance of shuttling between Johor Bahru and Perlis, between the years 2010 and 2014, overall, we have built over 4,553 kilometres of roads. 63. In the perspective of other infrastructure, rural development programmes have also helped over 330,000 households to enjoy clean water supply. Meanwhile, almost another 130,000 can now enjoy uninterrupted electricity supply. Ladies and gentlemen, 64. For the NKRA on Improving Urban Public Transport, efforts to improve urban public transport facilities have demonstrated a positive change, in which case, the number of passengers who commute daily to Kuala Lumpur, has exceeded 455 thousand people per day, especially during peak hours. 65. Therefore, the bus service will be improved further with the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit or BRT Sunway Line managed by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, and is expected to be completed in June 2015. 66. I am pleased to announce that this first BRT service in Malaysia will facilitate 500,000 residents all around Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway. 67. In relation to this, I also want to give good news to residents around Sri Petaling, Bukit Jalil, and Puchong, that Phase 1 of the Ampang LRT line expansion programme will be completed in October 2015. 68. This clearly shows that we as a government, do not practice partisanship in places to develop, but it is the people’s interests and welfare that is the priority of our administration. 69. This means that the extension of this line is expected to cater to an additional 130,000 daily commuters when it is completed. 70. As for the KTM Commuter service, as of 2014, 38 six-car trains have been added. With this addition, the waiting time has been reduced from 30 minutes to just 15 minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, 71. For the NKRA pertaining to Raising Living Standards of Low-Income Households , so far nearly 170,000 poor people can live more comfortably with the implementation of the programme to end the period of poverty or 1AZAM, which among other things focuses on self-development capabilities and financial skills. 72. We are also proud with the achievement of the 1AZAM programme, where almost 65,000 families from the target group have been helped to develop capacity and skill. 73. As an example, I would like to share the story of Ms. Clarissa Balicao from Sabah. She is with us in the auditorium tonight. 74. I have been told that due to her determination to change her fate and that of her family, she enrolled herself into the 1AZAM programme and participated in the various trainings that were offered. 75. Now, Ms. Clarissa already has her own salon in Kota Marudu, Sabah, and is able to earn more than RM6,000 a month. Let us give a round of applause and congratulate the 1AZAM programme and the success of Ms. Clarissa! 76. Wise men often say, knowledge is beacon of life. Education then is a light which guides human civilisation. Referring to NKRA for Ensuring Quality Education, the government has provided assistance to various groups of students. 77. For example, more than 100 million ringgit in fees aid has been given to nearly 130,000 pre-school students in private institutions and from among low-income households. 78. Besides that, aid in the form of school fees, almost 7.5 million ringgit has been given to more than 3,000 children placed in private child care centres. 79. Furthermore, pertaining to the increased levels of literacy in Bahasa Malaysia and English, as well as the numeracy rate among students, there is the true and interesting story of Nor Izzati Sabrina from Ipoh, Perak. 80. I have been informed that Nor Izzati dreams of becoming a lawyer. Her admission into a School of High Performance or SBT, Sekolah Kebangsaan Marian Convent in Ipoh, has helped improve her skills to communicate and socialise. 81. Indeed, high performance schools are among the GTP initiatives that are bearing fruit. In 2014, 13 more schools have been identified as SBT, bringing the total to 128 schools. Hopefully, SBT will continue to produce students who are competent and excel in all aspects. 82. Indeed, SBT has opened up opportunities for talented students like Nor Izzati, to hone their communication and social skills and among other things, representing her school in choral speaking competitions. 83. Therefore, the Government intends to produce more students like this and we say ’syabas’ and all the best to Izzati on her tireless efforts! Ladies and gentlemen, 84. Referring to the NKRA on Reducing Crime, we are now grateful that the crime rate in the country under the GTP has been reduced by 40 per cent within the last five years. 85. For example, in 2014 alone, car theft cases have decreased by almost 20 per cent, the first time we have seen a decline in car thefts since the introduction of this NKRA. 86. What is important is that efforts to reduce the crime rate will continue. There is still much work to be done to combat crime. 87. The collaboration between the Royal Malaysia Police and local communities as well as government agencies will be intensified, in order to create a safe environment for people to live in, to be visited by tourists, and win the confidence of investors. 88. Lastly, under the NKRA for Fighting Corruption, Malaysia has improved in its perception index score, rising from 44th spot in 2010 to 52nd in 2014, from among 175 countries. Dear Beloved Malaysians, 89. We pronounce gratitude to Allah SWT, despite the global economic uncertainties, we were still able to achieve strong GDP growth in 2014, which is 6 per cent, thus exceeding the 5.7 per cent estimated by the World Bank, and has made Malaysia’s GDP growth among the highest in ASEAN. 90. Private investment also covered 64 percent of total investments last year, thus making the private sector the main driver of overall investment in the country. 91. This is evidenced by a compounded annual growth rate or CAGR for private investment which has increased 2.5 times between 2011 and 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, 92. As I presented at the beginning of the report, if the GTP’s performance is divided into three horizons, ETP then is an economic programme which is measured based on three long-term overall achievements until the year 2020, which are: Firstly, to achieve a per capita income of US$15,000; Secondly, to create as many as 3.3 million jobs; and Thirdly, to receive US$444 billion in investment by 2020. 93. Hence, talking about the ETP, according to the report, we are now on the true path which we had hoped of. 94. Therefore, for the purposes of this report, I will mention a few examples of ETP initiatives to be proud of. 95. For the NKEA of Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley, it is with great pleasure I would like to report that the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT project, as of 2014, is ahead of schedule having been 59 per cent completed. 96. For phase one from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, it is expected to be operational from December 2016. Whereas the full stretch from Sungai Buloh to Kajang will begin in July 2017. 97. Among its impacts, the MRT project has built human capital among Malaysians in various fields, especially in the field of engineering. 98. An interesting thing, I have been informed that this project has provided working opportunities to approximately 2,800 Malaysians, whereby 20 per cent of them are our fellow young engineers. 99. The River of Life project also will boost the livability of Kuala Lumpur as a world iconic city. Through this project as well, the government will improve the cleanliness of Sungai Klang and Sungai Gombak. 100. Furthermore, the river cleaning project as of 2014 is 53 per cent completed. Among the initiatives that have been completed are eight water treatment plants and four wastewater treatment plants. 101. Referring to the NKEA for Wholesale and Retail, the Small Retailer Transformation Programme or TUKAR, has benefited nearly 2,000 retail entrepreneurs through enhanced business opportunities and a more complete lifestyle since its implementation in 2011. Ladies and gentlemen, 102. Tourism was the sixth highest contributor to the Malaysian economy in 2014. This is not surprising, following the 6.7 percent increase in tourist arrivals which brought the total to nearly 28 million tourists in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014. 103. So, to continue the robust tourism sector, under NKEA for Tourism, the Government has approved another luxury retail outlet which would sell premium products named ‘Mitsui Outlet Park’, located near the airport. It will be the largest retail complex in Southeast Asia. 104. The complex is expected to be operational this summer. Hopefully, this outlet will repeat the success achieved by the Johor Premium Outlets or ‘JPO’, which has now been operating for almost four years. Ladies and gentlemen, 105. For the Agriculture NKEA, it continues to be driven in order to ensure adequate food supply for the people as well as in terms of food safety for the country. This NKEA also plays an important role as a facilitator to continue enabling large companies as well as empowering small-scale entrepreneurs in the economic field. 106. Among the important milestones that have been achieved by this NKEA for 2014 is the High Value Herbal Products development initiative. I have been informed that the research done on the commercial use of an herb which is extended to pre-clinical or clinical tests, can increase the value of the herb. 107. For example, the Tongkat Ali herbal extract, after being processed to up to standard, can fetch up to RM2,800 ringgit per kilo compared to the price of raw Tongkat Ali which is only RM2 per kilo. So much difference in price, and this is truly amazing! Ladies and gentlemen, 108. Under the Strategic Reform Initiatives or Human Capital Development SRI, our achievements in the field of labor and employment have been so encouraging in the past three years. 109. Therefore, we will continue our efforts to boost the number of skilled workers to 50 per cent of the nation’s workforce by 2020. 110. Thus, the Education and Technical and Vocational Training initiative, or TVET has been given attention by the government under 10MP (10th Malaysia Plan) and strengthened by the ministries to accelerate the development of a skilled workforce. 111. As an example, with us tonight, is Ruqaiyah Azhari, who has benefited from the implementation of the TVET programme. 112. For the record, Ms. Ruqaiyah is a bronze medalist in the 2012 ASEAN Skills Competition in Jakarta in the field of fashion technology and also won the Medallion for Excellence at the 2013 World Skills Competition in Germany. 113. For your information, it is quite unique, as she received her early education at a ’sekolah pondok’ from the age of 6 to 9. She then worked to help her family with an income of just RM300 a month. 114. However, with her indomitable spirit and a high determination to improve living standards and help family members, she worked hard to get the GIATMARA Skills Certificate in Fashion and Dressmaking at GIATMARA Kuala Pilah. 115. Now, she earns a good income through her work as a lecturer at GIATMARA, while taking up tailoring jobs. Therefore, we congratulate the TVET programme and give a round of applause for the hard work of Ms. Ruqaiyah! Ladies and gentlemen, 116. Women are the backbone and co-developers of the country. Therefore, their protection and welfare have always been the government’s main agenda. 117. Thus, under the Human Capital SRI, the government has also taken initiatives to enhance the participation of the female workforce to 55 per cent by the end of 2015 and up to 30 per cent female representation in decision-making positions by the year 2016. 118. Therefore, by implementing Women Friendly Policies in the workplace too, the government hopes that private companies also provide appropriate facilities to strengthen the role of the women workforce in the country. 119. As such, let us say thanks and applause in appreciation of Malaysian women! Ladies and gentlemen, 120. Indeed Bumiputera Economic Empowerment initiatives will continue to be a national agenda to accelerate the development of the Bumiputeras. 121. For the SRI of narrowing disparities under TERAJU, until now, almost 48 billion ringgit in business opportunities, financing and education have been created for the Bumiputera community. 122. The Carve Out and Compete has reached a new milestone this year, that is to provide special opportunities to Bumiputeras worth over 10 billion ringgit from various projects and totalling almost 24 billion ringgit since 2012. 123. The year 2014 also witnessed the continuation of programmes to enhance Bumiputera access to finance and marketing, such as over RM2 billion in Dana Teras, RM580 million in Dana Halal, and the Jejak Jaya Bumiputera scheme. Beloved Malaysians, 124. So these are the few successes that I can share from the many GTP and ETP that have been achieved. 125. I am also pleased to report that, in 2014, with the efforts put in, overall KPI for the NKRA reached 105 percent, while the overall KPI for NKEA, exceeded the expected target and stood at 110 per cent. 126. Simultaneously, the KPI for the entire SRI also exceeded the intended target, achieving 120 percent. Ladies and gentlemen, 127. Based on these successes, we can definitely be relieved to say that Malaysia has moved into the right track, with the various certifications from international bodies, with each passing day, becoming a better nation, from yesterday. 128. Even so, as I have often reminded, we have never neglected nor forgotten that, there are still areas for improvement and advancement. 129. In fact, the idea of a nation based on the philosophy, Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan (People First, Performance Now), as a Sabahan would say, will always be the main axis in all Malaysia’s planning for advancement. 130. Thus, in presenting the 2015 budget, I had stressed on the balance between capital economy and people economy, with the theme “Economy for People” or EKR which forms the basis, as well as guidelines in putting the interests of the people first. Ladies and gentlemen, 131. Although 2014 was a most challenging and fateful year with so many tragedies, I can assure you that the Government will continue to be committed to building a safe and prosperous Malaysia. 132. The Ease of Doing Business Index report issued by The World Bank, too, has ranked Malaysia at 18th place, compared to 20th position previously. 133. Moreover, in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014 report, Malaysia’s ranking has risen to 12th position from No. 15. Beloved Malaysians, 134. Earlier, on January 20 as a proactive Government, I, without much delay, had made a special message to inform the rakyat on the current economic development and the financial situation of the country. I had expounded six basic matters among them : 135. Firstly, we are not in an emergency or crisis situation, as in 1997 and 1998, and … 136. Secondly, government strategies announced at that time were proactive steps to make adjustments, as a reality check, to continue with the economic development agenda. 137. Furthermore, yesterday, after ten years, we once again successfully organised the 26th ASEAN Summit, which saw Malaysia’s chairmanship for the year 2015. 138. At the summit which just ended this afternoon in Langkawi, we had tried to achieve two important matters, namely, the establishment of an ASEAN economic community and roadmap or ASEAN direction in the next 10 years as another important milestone for the over 600 million people in Southeast Asia. 139. Obviously, this historic event, within Asia and ASEAN, would be another catalyst under the National Transformation Policy to attain High Income Developed nation status as targeted. 140. From there, less than a month from tonight, in mid-May, I will be presenting another important national document which is the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11). 141. The RMK-11, is a magnificent gift, as the final push for all Malaysia’s planning and implementation in entering 2020. Beloved Malaysians, 142. Clearly, I urge all Malaysians to think rationally and not be swayed by emotions in judging the government and its sincere efforts all these while. 143. No words can express, to describe how important it is for us to have big hearts in striving to develop the country. 144. Therefore, I urge, let us keep all disputes at bay and find a common ground, for the sake of Malaysia’s prosperity. Be confident and believe me, when the truth shines and emerges later, there will be no more insults and accusations. 145. The Greek philosophers trumpeted, Imam Ghazali too had exhorted, right up to leaders and famous personalities of the world, among them Mahatma Ghandi, Kennedy, Martin Luther King and famous philosopher from the Malay archipelago Hamka had advised, it is customary for those who strive, to face difficulties and challenges. 146. However, … ladies and gentlemen and people of Malaysia.., with all the drawbacks, even when we are being slammed and criticised, as a transparent Government, I as Prime Minister, together with the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, ministers and fellow members in the administration, will never budge or surrender, but will remain consistent and continue to struggle, in serving the people and country. 147.According to Hamka, and the wisdom of the Bugis, in striving, if we paddle a boat to sea, it must not turn back, no matter how huge the waves have struck, despite a broken rudder, and a torn sail or a thousand ships may have sunk, it is more honourable for us to continue fighting than to turn back. 148. Thus, as long as we have our noble ambitions we will not be alone, not lose direction and guidance. Come … Come on …let us together work with the same spirit of struggle, continue to brave forward, in making Malaysia a developed nation and respected by the world. 149. May Allah SWT always bless Malaysia, and forever grant happiness, peace and prosperity to the people and the country. — Bernama
(Source: New Straits Times)
28 APRIL 2015
PM Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s full speech on Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme (NTP).

China opens Consulate-General in Sabah

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April 28, 2015

KOTA KINABALU: The People’s Republic of China Consulate-General opened its doors in Sabah here Monday.

Its Consul-General Chen Peijie said the consulate-general’s office here is the second after the one in Kuching, Sarawak and another was expected to be opened in Penang soon.

This is Asean’s time — Najib

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April 28, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: This is Asean’s time right here, right now, as community building and deeper economic integration are moulded for a bold, inclusive and forward looking future for Asean and its people.

Mah: Asean needs innovation to become economic and manufacturing powerhouse

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April 27, 2015
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KUALA LUMPUR: Asean must push for homegrown innovations to stand out as an economic and manufacturing powerhouse, says Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Mah Siew Keong.
He pointed out that for a long time, the economic development in a majority of Asean states had been heavily dependent on government infrastructure development, foreign direct investments and growth of local conglomerates.
“As a result of this traditional emphasis, indigenous innovation has always taken a back seat, as many states prefer to rely on innovations that are non-Asean for development,” he said.
Addressing the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) Conference 2015 and CALD Executive Committee Meeting here today, Mah said the National Innovation Agency Malaysia (AIM), plans to establish the 1Asean platform for intellectual Property (IP) trading and commercialisation in the single Asean market.
He said the IP trading platform enables technology providers to promote their innovations, whilst creating an ideal Intellectual Property Rights marketplace for technology hunters and investors, to identify the right ones to fit their business requirements.
Mah said in the present scenario, researchers and inventors spent a great deal of efforts towards discovering new inventions, but the truth is, many of their creations never see the light of day.
He said the circumstances were due to the fact that the best inventors were not necessarily the best marketers, which could turn those ideas into actual product and services.
“An effective IP trading platform is therefore needed to facilitate a higher commercialisation rate amongst Asean members,” Mah said.
The CALD Conference and Executive Committee Meeting was being held in conjunction with Malaysia hosting the two-day 26th Asean Summit starting yesterday in Kuala Lumpur and the northern island of Langkawi.
Established in 1967, Asean comprises 10 countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Malaysia previously chaired the Asean Summits of 1977, 1997 and 2005. — Bernama
(Source: The Borneo Post)
April 27, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Asean must push for homegrown innovations to stand out as an economic and manufacturing powerhouse, says Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Mah Siew Keong.
He pointed out that for a long time, the economic development in a majority of Asean states had been heavily dependent on government infrastructure development, foreign direct investments and growth of local conglomerates.

2015 to be a milestone in Asean history: PM

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27 APRIL 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said 2015 would be a milestone in the history of Asean. In his 26th Asean Summit opening speech, he said the vision of creating a single community would be realised by the end of December‎. Najib said it was also the nation’s collective duty to formulate a successor document to the Roadmap to Establish the Asean Community. “This will provide the basis for how we further strengthen our unity and deepen our integration over the next 10 years, taking us up to 2025,” the prime minister said. These are two crucial undertakings, Najib said, as it would be charting ‎a bold, inclusive and forward-looking future for Asean and its peoples. “Malaysia wants to make Asean people centred. This means good governance, higher standards of living, sustainable development, empowerment of women and greater opportunity for all people,” he added. A people centred Asean, the prime minister also said, is one which our citizens feel that they are just not part of Asean and regardless of who they are, from rice farmers to halal business owners and electronic engineers, our citizens actually feel that they are Asean and its future is their future. Najib also announced at the opening ceremony that Malaysia will be hosting the inaugural Asean Peoples’ Awards at the 27th Asean Summit to celebrate the exceptional achievements of those who are honoured. “We believe that Asean should publicly recognise and celebrate those outstanding organisations and individuals who have contributed significantly to the community-building process throughout the years,” he said. Malaysia assumed the chairmanship of Asean this year from Myanmar and it was also the chairman in 1977 and 2005.
(Source: New Straits Times)
27 APRIL 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said 2015 would be a milestone in the history of Asean. In his 26th Asean Summit opening speech, he said the vision of creating a single community would be realised by the end of December‎. Najib said it was also the nation’s collective duty to formulate a successor document to the Roadmap to Establish the Asean Community.

Salcon catches investors’ attention

Posted on : 25-04-2015 | By : sabah today | In : News

25 April 2015

SALCON Bhd, whose share price has risen by some 17% over the last two weeks, is sitting pretty with a lot of cash in hand, a sizeable order book, valuable land bank and new growth opportunities from a broadband-type business.

The debate on Liew

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25 April 2015

Entrepreneur who drives the smaller Eco World group is still a much talked-about figure in corporate world

AT 57 years of age, Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin can easily count himself to be one of the most talked about personality in Malaysia’s corporate circle – by the Government, the private sector and property investors.

M’sia to be key beneficiary of rapid Asean growth

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April 25, 2015

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia is expected to be a key beneficiary of the rapid growth of the Association of South-East Asian Region (Asean), with its exports to other member countries set to grow strongly, helped by Asean Economic Community’s trade and investment liberalisation.