JOHOR BARU: Everyone should pay serious attention to and focus on ensuring that the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) not just achieves its goals but also helps give the country a giant push forward, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (pic).
The Umno vice-president said that the 12MP is an important document with critical agendas.
"We have already lost ground and even gone backward in many areas.
"This is partly due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic which has not eased globally," he said.
He stressed that the endless political manoeuvring had also compounded the problem.
"Now is the time for Malaysia to chart a proper course for its future," he said.
Khaled also outlined four major issues that he hoped the government would look into when implementing the 12MP.
Among them is having specific and effective intervention to address those deemed as the "lost generation" either in schools or higher leaning institutes
"They have lost two years of studies and should be given a special programme for at least four years for them to make up for the lost time," he added.
Khaled said that in line with the policy to nurture future talent, it is imperative to assess and streamline the present education system.
He also said that in the adaptation of technology and digitalisation, a radical push needs to be taken in the public sector.
“Any plans for growth, innovation or focus towards the new economy will depend on the efficiency of and quick delivery from the public sector,” he added.
On his third suggestion, Khaled pointed out that Malaysia is among the countries that are friendly towards investors and visitors.
“Our primary aim is to keep this image of warmth and welcoming. One example is to review the policies and rules for the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme,” he said, adding that the present rules are contrary to luring people from overseas to work, build a life and stay here.
Khaled said there is also a need to decentralise power between the Federal Government and the states.
“The state governments need to be given more power and a bigger mandate that is meaningful instead of just following the plans and instructions from the Federal Government,” he said.
He added that the decentralisation of power and responsibility will allow for state governments – regardless of whether they are run by the ruling government or the Opposition – to chart their own course and development agenda which can be more strategic and relevant.