PM focuses on four thrusts for the wellbeing of people
THE nation a l a gend a to strengthen unity, based on the 1Malaysia philosophy of “People First, Performance Now”, will be continued this year, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
In his New Year message, the prime minister said the government would also continue efforts to improve the wellbeing of the people through the social safety net system, ensuring every Malaysian who needed aid gets it. The welfare and subsidy assistance will be targeted at the truly needy.
“Thirdly, we have to increase the wealth of the nation by ensuring sustainable economic growth and fiscal health. “We must 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. Creativity, innovation and willingness to take risks will bring lucrative gains.”
Fourthly, the government will ensure that Malaysia will be the best place to build a life, to have a family and raise children, a country with a caring society, a strong family system, neighbourhoods and streets safe from crime, sustainable environment, quality schools and educational institutions, and a good but affordable healthcare system, he added.
Najib also said he was convinced that the dawn of success would always shine on 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.
"Let us ask ourselves what we can do to determine what we desire; what we can 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 for us to together determine success. Move along and work with me to carve a great future for our country and our children," he said in a statement issued to Bernama.
In addressing the challenges ahead for 2013 and in order to build sustainable success, he said "we need to learn from our past experiences".
"We have to carry on 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."
Najib also said he and the government of today would not be able to serve Malaysians well without their solid backing and support.
"Give us a clear mandate and we promise to use your trust to the best of our ability to build a Malaysia for all.
"All along, it has been proven that we have kept to all our promises and commitments.
"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 be prolonged.
"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 Malaysia should continue to move forward or lag behind."
Malaysia, he added, was indeed a country where opportunities, responsibilities, prosperity and noble values were 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.
"Finally, I pray that 2013 will bring blessings to all Malaysians."
He said 2012 witnessed the end of the first phase of the transformation initiative, involving the government, economic and political sectors.
"This initiative has had mostly 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, for example, 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."
New Straits Times Top News 1 January 2013