03 April 2012
| last updated at 10:05PM
BN committed to keeping promises: Ismail
KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional (BN) Government is committed to keeping its promises to the people by implementing the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the programmes could be successfully carried out under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"What was promised by the government through the National Key Results Area (NKRA) and National Key Economic Area (NKEA) have already been realised," he told reporters after opening a cooperative awareness programme here today.
"Clearly, we (BN Government) are a responsible goverment which fulfills its promises and does not make empty promises," he said when asked to comment on the GTP and ETP annual reports which Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin handed over to Najib here yesterday.
Najib said detailed planning and strategic implementation through GTP and ETP, not only benefitted the people of various races but also boosted the national status to be on par with developed nations.
Ismail said the government also revealed its responsible attitude by making rational promises, and not merely to win the hearts of the people.
The implementation of the GTP and ETP also boosted Malaysia's image in the eyes of the world, with the increase in investments in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association has asked the government to study the effectiveness of aid given to the people to ensure the aspirations were met.
Its communications director, Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman, said if the aid benefitted the people, the government needed to continue the aid, and also make positive changes to improve on it.
He also asked the government to study suitable times to give aid, such as before school reopened at the end of the year or with the coming of the festive seasons so that the people appreciated the aid more.
Crime and road safety analyst Shamsul Liani Abas is of the opinion that the government under Najib was successful in creating a harmonious situation when it reduced the nation's crime rate.
"Today, we can see the increased frequency of people meeting up with police patrols anywhere, as compared to 15 to 20 years ago. There is also an increase in police beats and police stations," he said when contacted. The Peninsular Malaysia Malay Students Association has asked the government to set a ceiling for fees in private colleges and universities.
"We find some private colleges and universities imposing fees of up to RM21,000 for a three-year diploma course. A RM13,000 fee for a diploma course itself, is already a burden to parents," said its president, Jais Abd Karim, today.
He said the government needed to study the issue as it impacted the students because the fees could not be met by loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation.
Meanwhile, in KUALA SELANGOR, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the success of the ministry in achieving the initiatives of the National Key Result Area (NKRA) under the Rural Basic Infrastructure (RBI) initiative was based on cooperation with the Armed Forces.
"This is especially so for the more than 1,000km of roads in the interior of Sabah and Sarawak, "he told reporters after opening the "People Friendly Programme" with the Selangor Mara Entreprenuers Community, here, today.
He said, new technologies were used, such as digging tube wells and using nano technology in filtering water, in the rural clean water supply project. Meanwhile, in the channelling of electricity supply in the rural areas, Shafie said solar energy was used during good weather and mini-hydros were used when the rivers' water levels were high and their currents strong.
He said the government was able to reap results under the Government Transformation Programme under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The country could achieve the dream of becoming a developed nation by 2020 if Najib continued to be given support, he added. -- BERNAMA