The Stars 2012.02.14
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
PUTRAJAYA: New ideas and approaches are being explored to solve problems and ensure that the people receive efficient service, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said the government administration was looking to achieve positive outcomes through an effective and efficient management within a minimum allocation.
He said the Cabinet Committee mechanism might not be suitable as “it took too long to decide and involved too many ministers and officials”.
“We cannot continue with the conventional approach whereby the outcome may not be satisfying,” he said.
“We need new and creative ideas, innovative approaches and there is no need to maintain something just because it has been the practise,” he said at the Prime Minister’s Department’s monthly gathering here yesterday.
Also present was Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Najib said government officials should not be defensive or be in denial over the need for a better approach in implementing projects and initiatives.
“There are actually new approaches which are more effective than those that we have been practising, thinking that these were the best.
“Through this problem-solving approach, issues can be solved in a shorter time,” he added.
Najib also stressed on the importance of effective and timely execution to ensure the Government’s initiatives reached the target groups on time.
“Being effective means officials should be able to interpret the Government’s intentions and make the right decisions,” he pointed out.
Najib said the Rural Transformation Pro-gramme would be launched soon so that villagers could also enjoy the benefits and changes brought about by the Government.
Based on the country’s 5.8% economic growth registered in the third quarter of 2011, the country was on track to achieving the aspired high income nation status by 2020, he added.
“The country’s economy has also blossomed positively since Malaysia recorded the highest total trade of RM1.3 trillion last year.”