KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has lauded the efforts of the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH), in improving the business environment in Malaysia and helping drive the country forward at a time when much of the world is at a standstill, and in some places, even regressing.
This, he said, was done alongside the bold and ambitious measures put in place by the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and National Strategic Reform Initiatives.
“PEMUDAH’s members, have over the past five years, been unrelenting in their efforts to improve the business environment in Malaysia. Let me assure all of you, none of your contributions, no matter how small, has gone unnoticed,” he said in the speech at the launch of the PEMUDAH Annual Report 2011 here Monday.
He said however, that now was not the time for complacency, as fiscal problems persisted in the eurozone and much of the middle east remained in a state of political and social upheaval.
“There is a rising fear that China’s economy, for so long a bright light during the dark days of the global recession, is about to experience a “hard landing” or a slowdown in economic growth.
“Although, we must be wary of the external environment, we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from meeting the challenges we have here at home.
“As far as the internal dynamics is concerned, we can be assured that our economy is resilient, while ensuring Malaysia is an attractive business environment for foreigners and locals,” he added.
The Prime Minister said the goals he mooted, including a per capita income at least US$15,000 by 2020, Malaysia as a place every citizen has access to more than just basic necessities, and families given the opportunities and capabilities to pursue dreams in a clean and well connected environment, are achievable, as these are not in the realms of fantasy but within grasp.
He said there would be hurdles along the way to attain these achievements but it could be a reality only if everyone worked as one – 1Malaysia, 1PEMUDAH, the private sector and civil society working together and inclusively.
“PEMUDAH has changed the conventional method, of the “us against them (private sector)”, to become “we” now, via the public-private sector collaboration,” he added.
He also said, “we are not looking for incremental improvements but a quantum leap in results”.
Najib said PEMUDAH’s effort which led Malaysia to move up to 18th position in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report last year and ahead of the likes of Germany, France and Japan, is no small achievement but a significant accomplishment.
Source : Bernama