PM: Poor needs urgent attention


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 17 Apr 2004

PUTRAJAYA: Development programmes will be geared towards eradicating hardcore poverty, which the Government has targeted to achieve in five years. 

“The poor needs urgent attention from the Government. All efforts must be taken to help them improve their economic standing,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi here yesterday. 

“One of the ways is by empowering them with the ability to take advantage of various opportunities and facilities that have already been provided so that they can enjoy the benefits of development like everyone else.” 

Abdullah, who is Finance Minister, directed civil servants to give greater focus to sectors which could help to speed up efforts in wiping out poverty, particularly among the rural people. 

LIGHT MOMENT: Abdullah sharing a light moment with ministry officials at the Finance Ministry’s monthly gatheringin Putrajaya yesterday. With him are (from left) Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, DeputyFinance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, parliamentary secretary Datuk Hilmi Yahya and Deputy Finance MinisterTengku Datuk Putera Tengku Awang.

“We must plan our strategy well to encourage better economic growth. Sectors that have great potential for growth, like agriculture, should be strongly emphasised,” he added. 

He also stressed that his administration would continue with its prudent policy with regard to public spending. 

At the same time, the Prime Minister said, the Government would not introduce any policy or approach that was too restrictive or stringent and which could choke the nation’s growth. 

Abdullah wants officials and agencies to prepare early for the Budget dialogues, scheduled to start on May 6, to ensure that objectives would be met. 

“Weaknesses in previous dialogues must be identified and tackled so that they can serve as the platform to get feedback from the relevant groups, including the private sector,” he added. 

 

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