We often hear complaints about how time is getting shorter and that it is hard to get anything done in a day. Years passed by so suddenly that we barely notice that our child has turned into a teen. A year, basically feels like a month especially when we talk about putting our plans into work or even draw a plan itself.
For leaders, 3 years is usually considered as mere ‘warming up’ stage. Putting things and people at their right places, drafting goals and drawing plans and eventually implementing them sometimes would take more than three years. Sometimes a leader can only see the results after he has retired and sometimes won’t even have a chance to see his plans being executed at all.
However, such is not the case for Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He has been warming up long enough, in fact since his childhood days as he witnessed his father serving the people day in and day out as Prime Minister.
Therefore, Datuk Seri Najib has been in full gear when he was assigned to the cabinet at the age of 25 as Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunication and Post in 1978.
When he succeeded Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009 as Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib was more than ready to make things happen for Malaysia. In order to do that, he has been whole-heartedly serving us with undoubted dedication and commitment. And come this 3rd April 2012, which is exactly three years in power, Datuk Seri Najib is not only able to witness how his ideas are being implemented, but how some of them have actually shown positive results. In other words, he not only got to witness the process of transformation, but the final transformed products itself.
In his Government Transformation Plans (GTP), Malaysian government has implemented many measures to increase transparency and government accountability. These measures include the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to hold ministers accountable for their work, using new media such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate with citizens about happenings in the government, opening previously closed government tenders to increased public participation and scrutiny, and soliciting public feedback on government spending.
In merely 3 years, Datuk Seri Najib’s hard work and brilliance can be judged clearly from the table below:
GTP performance 2010 and 2011
NKRA Overall Performance
Urban Public Transport
· Introduction of Bus Expressway Transit (BET) services has resulted in 547,669 passengers using bus routes.
· 30 new four-car trains on the Kelana Jaya LRT Line has increased rail ridership by 13%
· Opening of a new integrated transport terminal at Bandar Tasik Selatan that has diverted over 500 buses away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre daily
· Old Puduraya terminal has been refurbished and renamed Pudu Sentral.
· Street Crime reduced by 39.7%
· Index Crime reduced by 11.1%
· Reduction attributed to omnipresence programme and public and police partnership
· Malaysia has also been ranked 1st both in terms of safety and security in South East Asia by Global Peace Index, and 1st amon gst 19 middle income countries by World Justice Report.
Rural Basic Infrastructure
· 1013.4 rural roads were built and upgraded across the country resulting enhanced road connectivity
· 73,227 additional houses supplied with clean or treated water
· 27,004 additional houses connected with 24-hour electricity supply
· 14,365 houses for rural poor built or restored
· Affecting the lives of more than 3 million Malaysians living in rural areas (2 million in 2010, 1 million in 2011)
· The Education NKRA was conceived to safeguard our nation’s future by developing the minds, talents and capabilities of the next generation in a more advantageous manner as we move towards these ambitions
· In order to make quality basic education more accessible to all students, more than 3, 000 pre-schools classes has started in 2011. This saw the pre-school enrollment rate of 77%
· Via the LINUS (Literacy and Numeracy) Programme, Primary 2 students have achieved a 97.5% rate for literacy and 98.6% rate for numeracy in the second screening this year
· The start of 2011 saw the introduction of the School Improvement Programme, a new initiative which helped all 10,000 schools throughout Malaysia to improve their performance, thereby elevating the overall school system
· For the first time in Malaysian history, a national pre-school information system (Sistem Maklumat Prasekolah Kebangsaan) or SMPK was developed to collate data on pre-schools and students
Low Income Household
· Having achieved the target of taking more those 44,000 households out of the extreme poverty category last year, the focus in 2011 is ensuring more poor households participated in the 1AZAM (Akhiri Zaman Miskin) programme.
· The 1AZAM programme centres on providing economic opportunities that enhance the productive capacity of low-income households so that they are lifted out of poverty and become self-sustaining. To date, 66,243 poor households are participating in the 1AZAM programme.
· 2011, also saw another new NKPI being introduced – that of ensuring 100% of the backlog cases pertaining to eKasih verification had been processed (eKasih is the sole designated database for low-income households). To date, 81,000 backlog cases pertaining to eKasih verification has been processed
· 1, 000 women entrepreneurs have been developed
· 2,465 abandoned houses restored and 2,500 Rumah Mesra Rakyatbuilt.
· Building blocks are in place to combat corruption
· Introduction of the Whistleblower Protection Act. Under the provisions of the Act, the whistleblower will have confidentiality of identity, immunity from civil and criminal action, as well as other detrimental action.
· Implementation of Corporate Integrity Pledge (CIP) which is a documented pledge by corporations to commit to upholding the Anti-Corruption Principles for Corporations in Malaysia. In 2011, 64 companies have committed to the pledge
· In addition to that, the Ministry of Finance has issued an Integrity Pact directive for all project tenders. Under the pact, bidders are to refrain from offering, demanding or accepting bribes to influence procurement decisions. The MRT Project is the first project to implement an enhanced Integrity Pact with the Auditor’s-General Chambers acting as the oversight body.
Overall Composite Scoring
Datuk Seri Najib is also quick to react to the rising cost of living. In order to ensure that it would not affect the rakyat, from 2010 to July 2011 alone, a total of RM36.7bilion was spent on cash hand-outs, subsidies and other form of assistance to the rakyat. Among the initiatives introduced under CoL are Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, 1Malaysia Rakyat Menu, 1Malaysia Clinics and Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia.
It is a shame that despite all these, the Oppositions of Malaysia continue to deny the goodness and the blessings that we consistently enjoy in Malaysia under the care of our leadership. Instead of spreading words about their accomplishments, the Oppositions keep trying to demean and degrade whatever that Datuk Seri Najib has achieved.
However, the facts laid out above and before our eyes are undeniable no matter how hard they try. Because figures don’t lie. But the Oppositions - the enemies of Datuk Seri Najib, do and lie is all they can do as they have proven to the rakyat that in 3 years, the Oppositions have not accomplished anything significant at all, in all 4 states under their rule.