PM pledges improvements in six key areas By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
PUTRAJAYA, July 27 — The prime minister is betting the future of his administration on six key areas including a pledge to bring down the crime rate on the streets by 20 per cent in 2010.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak also promised that 80 per cent of all children will get access to pre-school education by 2012.
Six ministers have been appointed to lead efforts to realise the six National Key Results Areas (NKRA): accessibilty to quality and affordable education; crime reduction; battling graft; improvement of living standards; rural development; and improvement of public transportation.
For the first, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin will take lead and the second has been designated to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz will head the battle against graft while Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil of the Women and Family Development Ministry takes charge of the improvement of living standards.
Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Afdal is in charge of rural development and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat takes public transportation.
In an effort to curb graft, Najib said the government has decided that all contract procurements will be go through an open tender process or a limited tender process for certain cases as part of reaching its Key Performance Index (KPI) target.
As for the improvement of living standards KPI, the government plans to hand out financial assistance on the 1st of every month beginning January 2010. It will also be increased to as many as 4,000 women enterpreneurs, the number of women participants in a programme to groom and enlarge the female business community by 2012.
[Ong (right), Nazri (centre) and Hishammuddin are three of the ministers tasked to lead efforts to realise the six National Key Results Areas (NKRA). ]
Ong (right), Nazri (centre) and Hishammuddin are three of the ministers tasked to lead efforts to realise the six National Key Results Areas (NKRA).
For the fourth NKRA, the government will allocate RM4 billion to build 1,500km of roads in rural areas nationwide by 2012 while Sabah and Sarawak will see the development of 750km of roads by 2010.
Under this programme, the government will seek to increase clean water supply in Sabah and Sarawak to 70 per cent from the current 62 per cent by the end of the Ninth Malaysia Plan. It will target a further 20 per cent increase by 2012 which will cost the government RM2 billion.
It will also target a 15 per cent increase for power supply in the two eastern states and has already allocated RM3.9 billion to meet this objective.
As many as 50,000 houses will be built and undergo repairs in a three-year time frame as part of efforts to fight poverty under the same NKRA.
For the sixth NKRA, the government will purchase and add 35 sets of four-car trains for the Kelana Jaya Putra LRT route.
All the lead ministers in charge of the six NKRAs will also be subject to KPIs, said Najib, adding that he would personally oversee their performances by holding a meeting once a week with them for this purpose.
All Cabinet ministers will be sent to three workshops to assist and provide guidance in stepping up their performance.
"We are committed to conduct this transformation process through a management based on the NKRAs and the KPIs. All this is done to ensure that the people will benefit from it at the end," said Najib in his speech.
Najib made the announcement when addressing government servants in a convention held here today.
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