12th Malaysia Plan: Dr Wee calls for development planning priorities to be restructured

KUALA LUMPUR: The 12th Malaysia Plan is more than just a continuation from the previous Malaysia Plans, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The Transport Minister said the year 2021 will be the beginning of a new chapter and called for the development planning priorities to be restructured.

“It is clear that the 12th Malaysia Plan cannot just be a continuation of previous Malaysia Plans as we are faced with new circumstances, new needs and new obstacles.

“Realignment of development planning priorities where gentrification of rural areas and advancements in digital economy, for example, are channels to achieve the shared prosperity vision.

“The 12th Malaysia Plan is an important policy instrument guiding the country’s development for the next five years, ” he said during the 12th Malaysia Plan Stakeholder Engagement Online Forum 2020 on Tuesday (Dec 8).

The online forum was organised by the Institute for Strategic Analysis & Policy Research (Insap) to gather views and input from experts and industry representatives to be submitted to the Economic Planning Unit later this month.

Dr Wee, who is also MCA president, said that many insights and ideas of transformation reforms were presented at the forum, which was moderated by Insap economic advisor Associate Professor Dr Wong Chin Yoong.

In a statement, Insap said the five key takeaways from the forum were promoting the efficacy of policy planning, delivery and implementation by increasing the capacity of the public sector, revitalisation and re-energise domestic private sector to increase competitiveness and relevance in the global market.

Other points emerged in the forum were balancing regional and social welfare planning, promotion of gender equality, consideration for persons with disability (PWD) and anticipation for the ageing population, as well as the aim for a shared prosperity and inclusivity for all Malaysians.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad, who delivered the keynote address at the beginning of the forum, highlighted the government’s continued commitments to fulfil the goals and aspirations of a shared prosperity vision.

He said the high economic sectoral growth will be supported by infrastructural connectivity advancements especially in the areas of transportation and telecommunications.

Other speakers at the event included Malaysian Institute of Economic Research chairman Tan Sri Dr Kamal Salih, Centre for Public Policy Studies (Asli) chairman Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam, Universiti Malaysia Sabah Faculty of Business, Economics and Accountancy dean Prof Datuk Kassim Mansur, University of Malaya Department of Administrative Studies & Politics head Prof Terrence Gomez, Social Economic Research Centre executive director Lee Heng Guie, social activist Dr Chandra Muzaffar and Joint Action Group for Gender Equality representative Meera Samanther.

In addition to the above panellists, industry leaders from various chambers and associations also took the opportunity to share their views on the platform.

In his closing remark, National Unity Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, who is also Insap chairman, reiterated a strong anticipation of fellow Malaysians in wanting to witness the birth of a new Malaysia that is more sustainable, resilient and equitable, responsive to the current and future national outlook.

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