PRIME Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, who celebrated his 100th day in office yesterday, announced a slew of measures as a gift to the people.
He also pledged to take drastic measures to fight crime and corruption.
Among other things, according to media reports, he announced a 20-percent discount for frequent pre-paid toll users and up to 70 percent reduction for driving license fees for motorcycle riders.
Other measures include:
1. Priority to tenants in the Federal Territory to buy the 44,000-housing units on offer;
2. Small traders and vendors in the Federal Territory will be given a 50-percent discount for their fee renewals.
He said, an appeal for the licence fee to be reduced was made at a function he attended with the Federation of Malay Hawkers and Petty Traders Associations of Malaysia in Tanjung Karang, Selangor, last month.;
3. RM150 million will be allocated to Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga (Tekun) and RM15 million to young Indian entrepreneurs;
4. More taxi permits to be issued. As of now there are 70,000 individual taxi permits and 3,000 more permits will be approved in the next three months;
5. Drastic measures to be taken to fight crime and corruption, the details of which will be revealed at the end of this month;
6. Overcoming the birth certificates issue in Sabah and Sarawak. Since 2005, Sabah has 36,000 applications and 92 percent of which have been approved. Sarawak has 19,000 applications and 80 percent of which have also been approved;
7. As of last month, 46 percent out of 34,000 delayed citizenship applications had been resolved. The rest will be resolved by year’s end;
8. More roads will be built in Sabah and Sarawak during the 10th Malaysian Plan;
9. Water and electricity supplies in Sabah and Sarawak will also be improved, details of which will be announced at the end of this month;
10. Some 20,000 family members of urban hardcore poor will be given 10,000 houses under Skim Amanah Saham Wawasan trust fund; and
11. A new RM10-billion “1Malaysia Trust Fund” will be launched and is open to Malaysians aged 18 years and above.
These and the hints that more good things are to come were made at a gathering of about 3,000 – including school children -- at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The announcements were in addition to the larger measures like opening up of the banking sector, the abandonment of the Bumiputera shareholding requirement for new IPOs and for 27 sub-sectors of the services industry, the abandonment of the teaching of science and mathematics in schools in English and the proposal to build a third bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore, which he had announced earlier.
In a nutshell, it was worth waiting for when PM Najib took the opportunity to unveil his 100 days in office of the prime minister.
Najib has also chosen the "Ying & Yang" along with his favourite lucky number "11" as his push button to start his day. Well done Mr. Prime Minister but not all were roses of glory in your first 100 days as our PM.
Tun Mahathir's comments on Najib's 100 days were both sweet and bitter when he had defended his right to comment, just like all of us in the name of press freedom, etc. Perhaps, as a fellow Muslim either good or bad, Tun Mahathir should leave Tun Abdullah Badawi in peace and not to demoralise him, even if he is not in the same league as himself.
Najib's 100 days in office will definitely go into history as part of the Razak's legacy for this nation. I opined that Najib's KPIs should not be assessed in his 100 days, but perhaps the next thousand days and beyond.
Najib is known to be a man in a hurry, but a highly misunderstood leader in the making. In life, nobody is perfect and borrowing the quote from Francois Fenelon, "It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are,the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others."
100 day's assessment is too short to evaluate the performance of the prime minister,but some say that Najib has revealed a little to much and thus it has devalued his visionary agenda in the eyes of the public. In short,we can't expect to be measured in tandem to the momentum of Najib's speed and his mobility, which will give some negative effects that will only confuse the rakyat.
I believe Najib has successfully achieved what he had intended to do in changing the mindset of the people, with all his gimmicks and the handout of political, economic and social goodies. Some indecisive Malaysians are the most ungrateful lot, as they will not be happy or satisfy in whatever the BN government had offered during the last 52 years of governance.
It is not easy for Najib to unwind this negative perception of things that had been fueled by the emotions from the frustrated opposition camp. Under such a difficult situation, Najib should move forward and do what he believes is right for the people with absolute sincerity and transparency.
Najib has compromised to Tun Mahathir in the past when he was not appointed as the DPM by virtue of his political seniority, a blunder which Tun himself had admitted in public. Najib had compromised with deep respect to Tun Mahathir, but Najib should no longer compromise to those who just wanted to undermine or sabotage his political power and absolute authority as the incumbent prime minister.
THERE IS ONLY ONE PRIME MINISTER AND THAT IS NAJIB RAZAK, ELECTED THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WITH THE BLESSINGS FROM GOD ALMIGHTY.WE ARE ALL TARGETED AUDIENCE AND OBSERVERS AS PART OF NAJIB'S ADMINISTRATION.WE SHOULD CRITICISE CONSTRUCTIVELY WITHOUT NEGATIVE VIBES OR UNCONTROLLED EMOTIONS.
Hidup 1Malaysia and be part of Najib's vision and inspiration to build an equitable Malaysia for all of us as 1Malaysia and 1Nation.1Malaysia is a powerful communication tool between the PM and the people without any protocol or obstructions.
We should treat and value the 1Malaysia concept without being suspicious as a responsible Malaysian, not as an individual Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban or Kadazan by our national identity. Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban or Kadazan by our national identity.
It seems to this humble writer that there appears to be a lot of angst and self-denial amongst certain quarters in the country about the economy, liberalisation, globalisation, competitiveness etc. All of which get conveniently lumped under tye issue of "race" and "privileges".
It's almost as if these quarters expect a "free ride" on the coat tails of liberalisation and globalisation. Or that they seem to be stuck in some kind of time warp where competition does not exist and benefits are guaranteed in perpetuity. It's almost as if Malaysia is some sort of Shangri-la where things should never change and where the sun always shines no matter how dismal the environment in the outside world.
Why, it's almost as if these quarters are afraid of competition. Or that they would prefer to have competition defined on their own terms and according to their own agendas. Or that they are in denial about basic economic facts.
It would be a tad rude to label such a worldview as "misguided" or "self-delusional", but I would be interested to find out why exactly Syed Mahmod and others who share his mindset feel, think and comment the way they do.
Congratulations, Najib. It is a great initiative. Long overdue to overhaul to whole economic system.
Stay focus and do what is necessary for the benefits of all Malaysians particularly the bumiputras. Forget about the 30% per cent quota. The best measurement to gauge whether the bumiputras are moving forward is to measure the percentage of quality of life they are enjoying especially the quality of life in the rural area. Get all the bimiputras out of poverty line (rural and urban poverty) and don't think so much of the 30% target. Emphasis should be given to get the bumiputra children the maximum opportunity and the best quality of education for them.
EDUCATION IS POWER !! That is the best tool to get the bumiputras stand on their own feet. They will survive with better education, no matter where you throw them even right in the centre of a barren island. Every bumiputra family members must have at least one professional.
So, what do you thing about Dato’ Najib KPI. Are you satisfied or vise versa? It is not easy to become a prime minister especially to satisfy everybody. But for sure, his KPI is better than previous PM.
At least, he has a lot of idea to make Malaysia wealth and prosperity. He is not afraid to take oath in mosque; not like his competitor. He is also opened for a discussion with PAS regarding United Government; not like the one who claimed to be an Islamic Party but accused everything and anything towards UMNO. On the same time, they are not able to handle a pig slaughter house in Kedah.
He announced a discount; reduce highway tolls and going to built new roads in east Malaysia. He also replied email to the sender. Meaning, he knows the priority and implements all tasks according to priority. Thumb up. Sekian, TQ.