DEPUTY Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says Malaysia is aiming to be the new ‘Tiger of Asia’ while forging ahead to tackle prevailing domestic issues.
“We are trying to lift the standard of living while reviving the economy to become ‘the new Tiger of Asia’.’
“We also want to strengthen racial harmony,” she told department heads and village community management council leaders during an iftar event at Politeknik Seberang Perai in Permatang Pauh, Penang.
She said the Government was still busy rectifying the damage done to the administrative, financial, economic, judicial and other systems during the Umno-Barisan Nasional era.
“We want to implement a systemic change but this requires understanding, cooperation and support from all quarters, particularly government officers and community leaders,” she said.
She urged politicians and government officers to work together and play their role in ensuring that the people would benefit from the various programmes by the Government.
Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah noted that the country’s economy was on track for recovery, judging by the positive growth in the first three months of the year.
She referred to Bank Negara governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus’ recent announcement that Malaysia’s economy grew by 4.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year, which was higher than the country’s market forecast of 4.3 per cent.
“The growth was supported by the rejuvenation in the agricultural sector, particularly crude palm oil production and high net exports,” she said. — Bernama