KUALA LUMPUR -- Following is the English translation of the full text of the 2013 New Year Message of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak:
"Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and Salam 1Malaysia."
1. "Alhamdullilah" (Praise be to God), in a few more hours we will welcome the new year 2013. As Malaysians, we should be thankful that we will be celebrating the advent of the new year against the backdrop of our various successes and achievements through our combined efforts during 2012.
2. The year 2012 witnessed the end of the first phase of the Transformation Initiative involving the Government, Economic and Political sectors. This initiative has had most positive effects. At the international level, for example, there has been an encouraging increase in the country's indices in various sectors. The World Bank report, Doing Business 2013, forexample, has placed Malaysia as the 12th most business-friendly country in the world while the report of the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012 has placed Malaysia as the 14th most competitive country in the world.
My beloved Malaysians,
3. In addressing the challenges ahead for Year 2013, and in order to build sustainable success, we need to learn from our past experiences. We have to carry on with and improve on what is good and has proven to be successful by rectifying all weaknesses. What has proven to have failed should be discarded and regarded as a lesson. In order to continue our efforts to achieve Malaysia's national vision of a high-income developed nation, we have to build on the foundation that has been laid through the National Transformation Policy.
4. For the year 2013, we need to proceed with the national agenda to strengthen national unity, which is the core of the nation's perpetuity, based on the 1Malaysia Philosophy of People First, Performance Now.
5. Secondly, we have to continue our efforts to improve the well-being ofthe people through the social safety net system whereby every Malaysian who needs aid will get it, where welfare and subsidy assistance are targeted at the truly needy, and reinforced by the welfare net of family, corporate and religious institutions.
6. Thirdly, we have to increase the wealth of the nation by ensuring sustainable economic growth and fiscal health, and stimulate the social movement rooted in hope, where the achievement of an individual is limited only by the imagination, entrepreneurship and the extent of the individual's willingness to work hard and where the creativity, innovation and willingness to take risks will bring lucrative gains.
7. Fourthly, we have to ensure that Malaysia will be the best place to build a life; the best place to have a family and raise children, a country that has a caring society, a strong family system, neighbourhoods and streets safe from crime, a sustainable environment, quality schools and educational institutions, as well as the best and affordable health care system.
My fellow Malaysians,
8. I am convinced and believe that the dawn of success will always shineon Malaysia and the life of its people. God willing, with careful and thorough planning and effective implementation, this day will be better than yesterday and tomorrow will bring endless possibilities.
9. Let us ask ourselves what we can do to determine what we desire, what wecan dream of that can be achieved. There is no terminology for contributions small or big, only the willingness to do something. The country needs you, ladies and gentlemen. Join me to make our dream a reality. Stand by my side forus to together determine success, move along and work with me to carve a great future for our country and our children.
10. The government of today and I will not be able to serve you Malaysianswell without your solid backing and support. Give us a clear mandate and wepromise to use your trust to the best of our ability to build a Malaysia forall. All along, it has been proven that we have kept all our promises and commitments.
My fellow Malaysians,
11. The future of the country and our children is too precious to be gambled or experimented with. Building a successful country requires continuous effort and a clear direction. Destroying a country only requires a short time, but the consequences will prolong. In our hands lies the decision of how the country's future is to be shaped, of where we want to take Malaysia. Our founding fathers and mothers have steered Malaysia to great heights with blood, sweat and tears.Today, the responsibility lies on our shoulders, to determine whether Malaysiashould continue to move forward or lag behind.
12. Malaysia is indeed a country where opportunities, responsibilities,prosperity and noble values are shared by a plural society, with an abundance of opportunities springing from various potentials. These potentials are a blessing. These potentials are the basis of aspirations. I urge that all of us together shape the destiny of realising Malaysia as an ever-shining potential.
13. Finally, I pray that the Year 2013 will bring blessings to all Malaysians.
Happy New Year 2013.
"Wabillahi Taufiq Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh." -- Bernama
Source: New Straits Times Top News 31 December 2012