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Business 13 Mar 2017 | 12:00 AM

New beginnings

WE started Pemandu in 2009 with two clear objectives: to drive Malaysia’s transformation into a high-income nation by 2020, and to work ourselves out of this job.

Economy 13 Feb 2017 | 12:00 AM

Better transit options ahead

URBAN public transport has been a priority of the National Transformation Programme (NTP) since we launched our first roadmap in 2010. Prior to this, the last major upgrade to our public transport infrastructure was more than 10 years ago following the introduction of the light rail transit (LRT) and monorail systems in the mid-1990s.

Business 24 Jan 2017 | 12:00 AM

Keeping our faces to the sunshine

WHEN Pemandu started work on the National Transformation Programme (NTP) in 2009, we had two general sentiments beating down our front door – measured optimism and pure cynicism.

Economy 19 Oct 2016 | 12:00 AM

Transparency matters

SINCE the inception of the National Transformation Programme in 2009, one of the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) that received particular public attention as a critical area that required reform was the Anti-Corruption NKRA. Among the proposed initiatives and building blocks in institutionalising anti-corruption enforcement was the governance of political financing.

Business 01 Sep 2016 | 12:00 AM

Explaining further why Malaysia is no longer stuck in the middle income trap

TWO weeks ago, The Star covered my keynote presentation on how Malaysia is no longer stuck in the middle income trap. This sparked a degree of scepticism from the public, some citing areas in which Malaysia is currently falling short. They are not wrong, but they are not completely right either.

Business 16 May 2016 | 12:00 AM

KLK is example of growing from small to giant size company

Very few companies in the country are like Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK). They have been around for 110 years, growing from a palm oil and rubber plantation business back in the day to one of the largest oleo-chemical producers in the world.

Transformation Unplugged 11 Apr 2016 | 12:00 AM

Tourism a key economic sector at these difficult times

WHEN times are tough, some industries can be more resilient than others. Tourism is one such sector.

Transformation Unplugged 14 Mar 2016 | 12:00 AM

Building resilience for the long haul

WRITING has been on the wall for a while now that from an economic standpoint, we’re experiencing crunch time. Low oil prices and shrinking global demand are some of the factors forcing a “new normal” of slower economic growth the world over.

Business 29 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM

Tips on how to conquer the fear of failure in business

I have always been a proponent of winning the ‘game of the impossible’, a challenge that seems so back-breaking, when you think about it, you are discouraged from pursuing it.

Transformation Unplugged 15 Feb 2016 | 12:00 AM

Where are our Usain Bolts?

THE tough global economic environment is not going to do us any favours in 2016, requiring from us instead steely resolve and resilience to rise above and better ourselves.