PETALING JAYA: The vision of the country's future must come from the people, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the launching of the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) roadmap.
The Prime Minister said that everyone had a shared responsibility to ensure the success of the roadmap.
"Today, I want to hear the voice of the people, the voice of the youth. Because 2050 belongs to you. It belongs to all of you," he said at a town hall event at Universiti Malaya on Thursday night.
Najib said to be a good leader, one had to be a good listener.
"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman thinks of the next generation," he said.
He said that the vision of the future should come from the people so that they had a sense of ownership and belonging towards it.
"We can't share that vision unless it comes from us," he said adding that the vision was within the country's capability if there was a planned effort.
Najib said the goal for TN50 "is for Malaysia to become a top 20 country in the world by 2050."
He said that they want to set up an umbrella under TN50, comprising of representatives from all walks of life, the youth, women, academics, the corporate sector, academics and entrepreneurs.
Their voices and those of 1.5 million youths will be sought to draft the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) policy document in one of the country’s biggest policy formulation exercises to date.
The TN50 policy document will outline the economic, social, cultural and environmental targets Malaysia aims to achieve by 2050.