There is a compelling ring of truth to the prime minister’s call to all the country’s leaders to strive for transformation rather than reformation as the key to progress. The same should go out to all Malaysians because, paraphrasing Datuk Seri Najib Razak, it is up to the rakyat and all stakeholders, not just government, to forge a culture of continuous improvement to propel the nation forward. And why transform, as opposed to reform? When one transforms, it is a radical change that permits a revolutionary makeover. Reform, meanwhile, denotes a less strenuous reorganisation of structures and institutions that might not go far enough in a rapidly evolving world. Indeed, there is no softer option to going the whole distance and engineering the innovations needed to push Malaysia to greater heights.
Already, a combination of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme, which houses the New Economic Model (NEM), and the 10th Malaysia Plan are making waves at home and abroad. Domestically, the early outcomes of initiatives under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) are being harvested. The public sector’s much improved delivery system under the GTP has translated into a virtual doubling of foreign direct investment in the last 12 months prior to June. Abroad, foreign governments and businesses are interested to know the details of programmes that have been minutely laid down to push for pay-offs and not outputs, ultimately, serving the overarching slogan of 1Malaysia: “People First, Performance Now”.
The GTP’s all-embracing six NKRAs link everyone: business, government and community. But success is not determined by what can be made to sound good on paper: the whole country stands to gain, but there can be no benefits if the country as a whole does not pitch in. The imperative then is for the population to grasp and effect far-reaching change because, without it, there can be no transformation. With the national agenda focused on the high-income economy of Vision 2020, an appropriately scaled mindset shift is necessary. Reform is inadequate to the task of facing the challenges. Malaysians must not only work harder and smarter, they must also live better and more intelligently: they must transform before transformation leaves them behind.
Source : The Sun Daily