PETALING JAYA: Meeting the demand for affordable houses, ensuring better mobile telecommunications coverage and increasing the production and export of Sabah’s famous seaweed.
These are some of the targets Cabinet ministers must achieve to meet their Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
Prior to the Chinese New Year holidays, the Prime Minister set aside two days to sit down with the ministers to review their achievements and “misses” of the past year.
The session has been an annual routine since Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took office in 2009.
Following the unveiling of his first Cabinet line-up after taking over from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib had announced that the ministers would be subjected to KPI and a six-monthly performance review.
Calling it a new paradigm of performance, he had said that KPI would “push for impact and not input, results rather than output and will ensure the public service delivery is value for money”.
Last week, Najib held a 15-minute session with every minister including Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin not just on their KPI but also to look at how things can be improved this year.
Besides Najib, the only other person in the room was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, who acted as a “timekeeper and note taker”. The session could be rather unnerving, a Cabinet minister confessed.
“The Prime Minister knows everything; what was achieved, what wasn’t. We must come prepared with an explanation and it has to be short and precise,” said a minister.
Those whom The Star spoke to said they achieved most of their targets “with a few exceptions”.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that among his KPI highlights was the completion of the 3,172 houses under the PPR projects (people’s housing scheme), which met the target for last year.
He said a target had been set to place Malaysia among the top 40 nations in the World Bank’s ranking when dealing with construction permits and thanks to City Hall’s competency, the country was ranked in 28th place among 189 countries.
“However, I didn’t get to score points in getting the anaerobic digestion facility for food waste off the ground as there were legal issues,” Rahman said, adding that among his KPI target this year was to increase the recycling rate by 2%.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he met his KPI target to export 100 tonnes of seaweed last year but could only get the Chinese authorities to give the green light to eight plants designated to process bird’s nest meant for China’s market, with 15 plants yet to get approval.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said his KPI included increasing telecommunications coverage and efficiency and broadband use.