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Saturday September 5, 2009

KRAs the focus of next year’s Budget and Malaysia Plan

PUTRAJAYA: The planning for next year’s Budget and the formulation of the 10th Malay­sia Plan (2011-2015) will give priority to the national Key Result Areas (KRAs) and ministerial KRAs.

In outlining the achievements under Phase 1 of the Government’s KPI Initiative, Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Datuk Seri Idris Jala said in a joint statement that the first phase of the performance management initiative had been completed.

“The planning, development and alignment phase saw a concerted effort by all concerned over nearly five months,” Dr Koh said.

This meant that the initiative would now move into the more intensive and challenging phase of execution and implementation, he said.

He added that the first phase involved the outlining of the six national KRAs and appointment of six lead ministers responsible for implementing them as well as the formulation of KPI targets and implementation plans.

“All 28 ministers have also identified their major ministerial KRAs and sub-national KRAs and ministerial KPIs that will go into full implementation after the first review by the Prime Minister in November and December,” Dr Koh said in the statement.

The 38 secretaries-general and directors-general from key agencies had also begun aligning or re-aligning their KPIs with the national and ministerial KPIs and KRAs.

The 500 officers from various ministries and agencies exposed to the basics of the KPI methodology would also be given further training to enable them to act as agents of change in their respective workplaces, he said.

Koh said the Project Management Team (PMT) that had been responsible for formulating the KPI initiative since April would now merge into a new unit under the Prime Minister’s Department called the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), led by Idris as CEO. Idris has been involved with PMT since April.

“Driving the performance management through KPIs for all ministers and the entire government is a massive exercise, much more complex and challenging than what I experienced in Shell and MAS,” he said.

In the corporate world, such an exercise would take a few cycles spanning two to four years, he said. “But the Cabinet members have made remarkable progress in just five months,” he added.

In Butterworth, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the Cabinet had given the Economic Planning Unit the nod to begin preliminary work to seek input from the ground in preparation for the 10th Malaysia Plan.

He would start by obtaining feedback from all state governments so that the plan would reflect the people’s aspirations, he said yesterday.

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