MA­JOR GAINS FOR PEO­PLE

The Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme, ini­ti­ated in 2010 and driven by strong and un­wa­ver­ing politi­cal will, con­tin­ues to pro­duce ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sults on all fronts. The prime min­is­ter, in pre­sent­ing the NTP An­nual Re­port, em­pha­sises that it's all about

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POVERTY RATE WENT DOWN TO 0.6pc IN 2014 FROM 3.8pc IN 2009

2.26 MIL­LION JOBS CRE­ATED; TAR­GET OF 3.3 MIL­LION BY 2020 WITHIN REACH

GROSS NA­TIONAL IN­COME PER CAPITA ROSE TO US$10,010, JUST 18pc SHORT OF CRI­TE­RION FOR DE­VEL­OPED STA­TUS

MALAYSIA AMONG ‘30 MOST PEACE­FUL NA­TIONS’; CRIME IN­DEX DOWN BY 47pc

ADRIAN LAI

AND HARIZ MOHD SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

THE gov­ern­ment has proven its crit­ics wrong by achiev­ing key mile­stones through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (NTP), said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion had made “brave de­ci­sions” to spur the na­tion’s growth and keep Malaysia on the right eco­nomic track.

“This gov­ern­ment, Barisan Na­sional, has taken many bold ac­tions, and many tough de­ci­sions, to achieve Malaysia’s goal of be­com­ing a high-in­come (and) ad­vanced econ­omy,” he said when pre­sent­ing the NTP An­nual Re­port 2016 at Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) here yes­ter­day.

“The measures taken, such as the re­moval of fuel sub­si­dies, re­duc­ing depen­dence on oil rev­enue, ra­tio­nal­is­ing sub­si­dies and the in­tro­duc­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax, are de­liv­er­ing huge div­i­dends to the peo­ple and the coun­try.”

Present were cabi­net min­is­ters, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from BN’s 14 com­po­nent par­ties and cor­po­rate fig­ures, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­mentlinked com­pa­nies and the pri­vate sec­tor. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, un­der­grad­u­ates and youths were also among the 5,000-strong crowd.

Na­jib has pre­sented the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme an­nual re­port six times since its im­ple­men­ta­tion in 2010.

De­scrib­ing Malaysians as the “stake­hold­ers of the na­tion”, he said the peo­ple’s wel­lbe­ing was the gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity.

“I, as prime min­is­ter rep­re­sent­ing the BN gov­ern­ment, have taken the gen­tle­man’s ap­proach by pre­sent­ing the NTP per­for­mance re­port since 2010.”

Na­jib made it clear that no other gov­ern­ment in the world was as “trans­par­ent” or had the “dis­ci­pline of ac­tion” to ful­fil its prom­ises to the peo­ple.

Since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the NTP, Na­jib said, the coun­try recorded a gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) growth of 5.1 per cent a year, which was twice the global av­er­age.

He said poverty had de­clined from 3.8 per cent in 2009 to just 0.6 per cent in 2014, while hard­core poverty was al­most com­pletely erad­i­cated.

He said 3.3 mil­lion jobs would be cre­ated by 2020, ad­ding that 2.26 mil­lion jobs had been gen­er­ated.

He said NTP had not only in­creased the peo­ple’s in­come and spend­ing power, but also pre­vented the coun­try from fall­ing into the mid­dle-in­come trap.

“The gross na­tional in­come (GNI) per capita for ad­vanced coun­tries is US$12,272 (RM52,678)... but facts show that our GNI per capita has reached US$10,010.”

Na­jib said the coun­try’s fis­cal deficit had been re­duced from 6.7 per cent in 2009 to 3.1 per cent last year.

On the gov­ern­ment’s plan to de­velop a world-class pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, Na­jib said the Light Rail Tran­sit Ex­ten­sion and Mass Rapid Tran­sit projects would de­liver “big and fast re­sults” to peo­ple in the Klang Val­ley.

He de­scribed the up­com­ing East Coast Rail Link, High Speed Rail and Pan-Bor­neo High­way projects as game-chang­ers that would pro­vide eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Zafira Anwar

PIC BY AIZUDDIN SAAD

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (left) and Per­for­mance Man­age­ment and De­liv­ery Unit chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Idris Jala with copies of the NTP An­nual Re­port 2016 at Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

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