PUTRAJAYA: Cabinet ministers have vowed to improve on their performance as Pakatan Harapan enters its second year in power.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said he had already embarked on several initiatives to better the performance of his ministry in extending healthcare coverage mainly to the lower income group.
“The key emphasis for preventive, promotive and predictive medicine touches on primary healthcare.
“Non-communicable diseases are still the greatest challenge to longevity of life,” he said.
Dr Dzulkefly said besides providing facilities and development, cutting waiting time at hospitals was a main priority.
Another goal was to improve healthcare coverage in the remote areas of Sabah and Sarawak.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said several new policies had been introduced to improve the livelihood of farmers which include introducing modern and smart farming.
“We will further consolidate and find ways to boost their income in the near future,” he said.
He said there was a lot of room for improvement and to move forward.
“Based on my direction that was launched Feb 14, I believe that we are getting stronger and better.
“At the moment we are working hard to fulfil all our promises,” Salahuddin said.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said more would be done to encourage tourists to come to Malaysia, especially for Visit Malaysia 2020.
“A lot of programmes are coming up. There will be more tourists coming to Malaysia,” he added.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said he was confident that the country would continue to move in a better direction.
He said every race would get to enjoy the fruits of economic and national development.
A poll by international survey agency YouGov Omnibus found that 47.6% – nearly half of the total 1,079 number of Malaysian respondents – were not satisfied with the government’s performance in the past 12 months.
The findings also showed that respondents were willing to give the government until the next general election to deliver on its pledges.