Saturday, January 1, 2011

Najib Razak: Build a better future

A crowd at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur listening to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Year message aired on television last night. — NST picture by Effendy Rashid
A crowd at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur listening to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s New Year message aired on television last night. — NST picture by Effendy Rashid
Najib urges Malaysians to fulfil responsibility

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday urged all Malaysians to fulfil their responsibility to build a better future and place the country in its rightful position.

Najib, in his New Year’s message, said the government’s plans and programmes would not succeed without the people’s support and cooperation.

“Let’s not be satisfied with just being critics.

Let’s build a better future for coming generations.

“The power to build lies in the hands of the people. Fulfil this responsibility as best as you can.” He reminded the people not to gamble away the future by making wrong decisions.

“This is not the time to experiment, but a time to renew and strengthen the trust in what has proven to be effective.” He said the government had always accepted full responsibility for managing the country, in particular the economy.

“As a government that is sensitive to the pulse of the people, we will not at all neglect the people’s interests by making a promise or a decision which seems to be popular but is actually to the detriment of the interests of everyone.” He said any government which promised or formulated popular but irresponsible policies would gain recognition or support in the short term, but in the long term the people who would suffer.

“Learning from mistakes throughout 2010, we built a strong foundation to ensure that the nation’s potentials and resources can be stimulated and mobilised towards achieving the national vision.” He identified the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), along with the six National Key Result Areas (NKRA) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) with the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), as the basis of the New Economic Model; the 10th Malaysia Plan and 2011 Budget which served as a comprehensive road map to raise the living standard and quality of life of the people to a higher level.

“All this while, the government, which was given the mandate, has striven with sincerity to meet the people’s needs and national progress to the best of its ability.

“Unfortunately, some quarters have arbitrarily accused the government of being inclined to implement specific projects, particularly mega projects. Such accusations are not true at all,” he said.

Some people, especially the opposition, had criticised the construction of several projects including the North-South Expressway, the Petronas Twin Towers and the Penang Bridge, he said, adding that they were now too embarrassed to admit their mistake because these projects had brought much benefit to the people.

“The question is if their opinions have proven to be wrong in such major matters, how can the people possibly trust any of their promises?” he asked, adding that the opposit io n’s proposed 100-day reform announced recently would only raise expenditure as it did not consider the realities of the national revenue and sources of funds.

Saying he hoped that the people would be able to make their own evaluation, Najib said the government had all along focused on the objective of ensuring sustainable economic growth.

This was because a boost in national wealth would provide for a rise in expenditure and enable the implementation of social justice, he said.

“It is directly proportional, meaning an increase in government revenue will result in a rise in expenditure for the people’s well-being,” he said and urged the people regardless of race and religion to heed the call to strive for the pinnacle of succ e s s.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in his New Year message, called on the people to respect and tolerate each other in line with the 1Malaysia concept.

“In moving towards 2011, I hope that we can continue to preserve this stability we have been enjoying all these years. I believe that all of us understand that political stability is vital for peace and harmony of the countr y.” Muhyiddin also urged the people to take part in all programmes outlined by the government towards achieving a developed nation status.

*Taken from NST Online

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