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Published: Thursday December 17, 2009 MYT 12:13:00 PM

Over 7,000 NKRA activities made public

PETALING JAYA: Over 7,000 nationwide activities along with over 2,000 projects and 100 programmes identified for the six National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) were showcased to the public at a two-day Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Open Day which kicked off on Thursday.

An “open house” is being held at the Sunway Convention Centre until 5.30pm on Friday to gather public feedback and perception on the six NKRAs -- widening access to quality and affordable education, crime prevention, fighting corruption, raising the living standard of the low-income people, upgrading infrastructure in the rural and interior regions, and improving public transportation in a moderate period of time.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the Government had made public the activities and programmes for the six NKRAs in line with the policy of greater transparency and inclusiveness for all Malaysians.

”The Government is committed to extensive reform and delivery efforts as we focus on bringing outcomes to the people. Given the public feedback, we hope to enhance our delivery plans in a clear and measurable way,” he said when officiating at the GTP Open Day.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Board, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, and former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The NKRAs and the Key Performance Indicators, launched in July by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, are part of the GTP to ensure that the nation achieves the Vision 2020 target of making Malaysia a fully developed country by that year.

The public will be able to view the action or implementation plans and programmes for each of the NKRAs, which were earlier devised by eight “live” laboratories set up from the best talents in the civil service.

Koh, who is also the chairman of Pemandu, an entity that oversees the implementation and assesses progress of the GTP initiative, said that though it was in its first year, the GTP initiative through the NKRA approach had come a long way considering the scale of the programme, which would be the most comprehensive undertaken by any government in the world.

”The progress made in less than eight months showcases the commitment of the Prime Minister and the concerted effort of all ministers, agencies, departments and members of the civil service.

”The Government is committed to carrying out a transformation programme as its main agenda based on the approaches and philosophy of 1Malaysia ‘People First, Performance Now’,” he said.

Koh said more than 250 personnel from various ministries, agencies and departments throughout the country participated in the laboratories and they have not only identified radical, practical and innovative solutions to realise the NKRAs but have also drawn up the execution plans for many of them.

Later, at a news conference, Koh said the 1Malaysia GTP Roadmap would be released on Pemandu’s website by the end of next month after getting feedback from the public on new ideas or conditions that the Government was not aware of.

”We have an open heart and mind to receive suggestions from the public, whether they are new ideas, new conditions we are not aware of and constructive criticism. As we have pointed out, we are still imperfect and need a lot of feedback,” he said.

The GTP Roadmap will provide members of the public a comprehensive overview of the GTP initiatives, including details on specific programmes, the agencies, target groups, time frame, implementation as well as costs.

However, Koh said, the roadmap was not a final document because it was an ongoing process to get feedback from the public.

”What we plan today may have certain imperfections which will need amendments,” he added.

Following the Open Day here, Koh said, a roadshow of the same event would be held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu next month.

Meanwhile, as to the decision to showcase the various programmes, Idris said, “Members of the civil service and the people are our partners in this initiative. Thus the GTP Open Day is a platform for them to view the action plans and initiatives drawn up by the lab participants as well as provide feedback and offer suggestions.

”Their feedback will be used to validate the lab findings before implementation commences.”

Idris said the proposed actions plans would see the lead ministries working alongside the other ministries, agencies and the private sector.

Najib had named Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the lead minister for widening access to quality and affordable education, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for crime prevention, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz for fighting corruption.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil was made responsible for raising the living standard of the low-income people, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for upgrading infrastructure in the rural and interior regions, and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat for improving public transportation in a moderate period of time. -- Bernama

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