Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said administrative and diplomatic service (PTD) officers must begin brainstorming to determine the direction for post Vision 2020 within one ot two years during the PPTD dinner. About 1,400 administrative and diplomatic officers turned up for at the event. Bernama photo.

PUTRAJAYA: The government will soon start a discourse to determine the country’s direction post-Vision 2020.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said administrative and diplomatic service (PTD) officers must begin brainstorming to help chart the future blueprint within the next one to two years.

"We cannot wait until 2020 to decide our next vision. It is important to materialise the 2020 Vision if we want to become a fully developed country,” Najib said at the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Service Association (PPTD) dinner at Putrajaya International Convention Centre last night.

He urged PTD officers to give ideas to the government on how to address the economic challenges, meet people’s expectation in terms of cost of living and Islamic States’ threats.

"PTD officers must play their roles as thinkers, planners and implementers who are directly involved in the development of the country. They also have to find ways on how to help the government achieve the five per cent annual growth rate needed to meet the Vision 2020 goal," he added.

Najib said he had instructed Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal to change its scholarship terms and conditions to benefit the government in terms of cost and quality of manpower.

"There are certain scholars who deliberately 'failed’ themselves to avoid working for the government. PSD needs to review the module of the scholarship to ensure that only the qualified ones are selected and contribute the country in terms of talent development," he said.

About 1,400 administrative and diplomatic officers were at the dinner.

Also present were Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa,and PPTD president Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman.