KUALA LUMPUR: The government will uphold the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” under the recently unveiled 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in its quest to transform Malaysia to become a fully developed nation that will benefit all Malaysians.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said with the theme “A Prosperous, Inclusive, Sustainable Malaysia”, the 12MP will address the development disparity between states and the income gaps between socioeconomic groups.
“In the name of Keluarga Malaysia, we will ensure that basic needs such as water, electricity and Internet connections are met for all Malaysians,” he said in his opening address at the virtual Khazanah Megatrends Forum (KMF) 2021, themed “The Invention of Tomorrow: Crafting Our New Collective Narrative”, yesterday.
Also present was Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Khazanah) managing director Datuk Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir.
Ismail Sabri, who is also the Khazanah chairman, has also assured that Budget 2022 – slated to be tabled in the Parliament on Oct 29 – will address all immediate fiscal issues with great urgency.
“And this year, for the first time ever, we have also released a pre-Budget statement to outline our intentions for the budget, and we have also distributed five Public Consultation Papers on a variety of structural reform issues,” he said.
Ismail Sabri said the National Recovery Council would play a leading and active role in restoring the nation’s economic health and prosperity.
“We will take a broad and inclusive societal approach for the greater good of Malaysia, drawing up strategies and various tactics that will take us out of the pandemic into a safe and sustainable plan in living with an endemic Covid-19 scenario,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bernama also reported Amirul Feisal saying that the Covid-19 pandemic is a unique, global and universally recognised single crisis that presented opportunities that need to be seized immediately.
He said the pandemic highlighted existential fragilities in Malaysia’s collective global socioeconomic community.
“Inequality, imbalance, economic injustice, environmental abuse – these have never been more universally apparent, and so is the critical need to address them in a globally coherent and unified fashion.
“To put it bluntly, the pandemic has unmasked the lies we have clung to for so long to provide flimsy comfort and security,” he said in his welcome remarks.
According to Amirul Feisal, to avert disaster, there is a need to create new narratives which would fundamentally change values and behaviours to shape the world that we would like our children to inherit.
For example, he said the old narrative of maximisation of profit at any cost is now universally discredited, as the environmental and social costs have been too high.
“Costs ignored are simply costs deferred (and amplified).
“And it has long been glaringly obvious that there is a huge gulf between the financial economy and the reality of the real economy – the one in which people actually produce goods and services,” he said. — Bernama