Priority to the needy

Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (right) presenting an award to a recipient during the programme.

TEMERLOH: The new economic model especially pertaining to the concept of “inclusiveness” should be relooked by the Government.

In making the call, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said a review was necessary to help address the rising cost of living and other hardships faced by the people.

Saifuddin said another option was to enhance the concept of inclusiveness so that about 40% of low-income earners could receive some form of assistance.

”The core objective of the economic model is to set the path for Malaysia to attain a high income nation.

”However, low-income earners must not be overlooked as the effects of global economic crisis and rising prices of goods and services are slowly being felt by the people,” he said after presenting district excellence co-operative awards to recipients here recently.

Saifuddin said several other agencies including Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute, Centre for Public Policy Studies and Institute of Ethnic Studies UKM had also expressed support for a review on certain aspects of the economic model.

On the move to stage rallies against price hikes by certain quarters, he said it was not viable nor a solution to the problems.

”Instead a memorandum can be submitted to the Government via elected representatives in expressing concern on the pressing situation.

”Other measures include participating and strengthening of economic institutions such as co-operatives and Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia to seize and expand business opportunities at the grassroots level,” he said.

Saifuddin said whilst peaceful assembly should be allowed as part of a matured democracy, economic issues should not be politicised but dealt with using trade-related methods.

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