Scope of agenda has been ex­panded to coun­cils, GLCs

New Straits Times - - Opinion - The writer is Jo­hor menteri be­sar

THE re­treat for state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers or Exco Awayday is an im­por­tant method by the Jo­hor govern­ment’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It is the cul­mi­na­tion of the state govern­ment’s Per­for­mance Lead­er­ship Agenda.

All per­for­mances and re­ports we hear about at the re­treat are a sum­mary and com­pi­la­tion from the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor (exco) mem­bers, based on their key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors (KPIs) for last year.

The event has two im­por­tant goals. Firstly, it is a gen­eral plat­form for each exco mem­ber to share and ta­ble his per­for­mance in his port­fo­lio.

Se­condly, the Exco Awayday is a ses­sion to strengthen the syn­ergy, col­lec­tive­ness and co­op­er­a­tion among exco mem­bers, en­forcers and pub­lic ser­vants from the state and fed­eral agen­cies, as well as state govern­ment-linked com­pa­nies.

In line with the state govern­ment’s pol­icy of in­clu­sive­ness and our tran­si­tion to a dig­i­tal govern­ment, the Exco Awayday was broad­cast live through the FB Live func­tion on my Face­book ac­count.

I hope that those who fol­lowed the event on FB Live will re­ceive clearer and cor­rect in­for­ma­tion about the state govern­ment’s poli­cies, plans and per­for­mance.

On May 14, it will be four years since I took on the re­spon­si­bil­ity and was given the man­date as Jo­hor menteri be­sar.

I still re­mem­ber May 2013, when my fel­low exco mem­bers and I took our oath of of­fice.

We reached a con­sen­sus that there were three chal­lenges or con­cerns that needed prompt at­ten­tion.

like in many oth­ers states in Malaysia, there was racial sen­ti­ment that was made worse by po­lit­i­cal gim­mick and polemic.

It was made worse with a pop­ulist ap­proach that of­ten made light of the is­sue and was used in pol­i­tics as it did not give any pri­or­ity to factual ac­cu­racy and con­sid­er­a­tion for its long-term ef­fects.

As a rem­edy, we in­tro­duced the con­cept of (Jo­hor con­cord or con­sen­sus) that was based on the motto

(con­cord is a bless­ing).

This was com­ple­mented with the call for #Team Jo­hor, which called for all par­ties to par­tic­i­pate in ef­forts to make the state the best.

like what is ex­pe­ri­enced by any of the world’s economies, Jo­hor’s rapid de­vel­op­ment has brought chal­lenges

MON­DAY, MAY 8, 2017 for the peo­ple, such as home own­er­ship, jobs and the in­crease in cost of liv­ing.

There­fore, we should delve into these prob­lems and un­der­stand them.

we re­alise that our frame of thought on poli­cies and ap­proach must be planned ahead for them to be fresh and suit­able with the times.

More im­por­tantly, they must be based on the peo­ple’s needs.

The state govern­ment does not merely man­age the state’s op­er­a­tions, it also plays the role of ar­chi­tect, cat­a­lyst and ad­vo­cate to help re­alise the peo­ple’s po­ten­tial.

The state govern­ment must find ways to iden­tify the niche and needs of ev­ery­one in Jo­hor.

We had also in­tro­duced the Jo­hor Strate­gic Growth Plan, Skilled Jo­hor Agenda, Jo­hor Pr­ishatin, Sus­tain­able Jo­hor, Jo­hor Is­lami and Jo­hor En­trepreneur­ship poli­cies and other pro­grammes, which are laid out in the Pro­gres­sive Jo­hor vi­sion.

(praise be to God), within the last four years, all our ef­forts have pro­duced en­cour­ag­ing re­sults and brought re­turns.

The cur­rent progress is a re­sult of the Per­for­mance Lead­er­ship Agenda.

At a sim­i­lar cer­e­mony last year, I ex­plained in de­tail how the state govern­ment car­ried out the Per­for­mance Lead­er­ship Agenda.

Through the five mea­sures which I ex­plained be­fore, the state govern­ment has en­sured that each exco mem­ber has his re­spec­tive KPI.

Af­ter 12 quar­terly eval­u­a­tions, nine ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors ob­tained a score of 86 per cent and above in 2014.

Seven of them were in the same score range in 2015, while seven ob­tained high scores last year.

This year, the scope of the Per­for­mance Lead­er­ship Agenda was ex­panded — the KPIs were im­posed on sev­eral coun­cils, cor­po­ra­tions and Jo­hor govern­ment-linked com­pa­nies.

This sec­ond tar­get group com­prises nine or­gan­i­sa­tions that play im­por­tant roles as in­stru­ments of the state govern­ment’s de­vel­op­ment.

On April 25, we launched an eval­u­a­tion sys­tem im­posed on Jo­hor’s se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cers.

For a start, 57 depart­ment heads were tasked with draft­ing their of­fi­cial KPIs.

Those who will be eval­u­ated in the sys­tem in­clude the state fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, deputy state sec­re­tary for de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment, district of­fi­cers, district land ad­min­is­tra­tors and pres­i­dents.

I take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late and thank state sec­re­tary Datuk Azmi Ro­hani and other state of­fi­cials for mak­ing this a suc­cess.

Jo­hor Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin speak­ing at the launch of the Exco AwayDay 2017 at Per­sada Jo­hor in Jo­hor Baru last Tues­day.

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