KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) is not mere rhetoric as it has resulted in clear benefits that the people can enjoy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
The deputy prime minister further highlighted that the government was playing a proactive role in overcoming rising cost of living through seven National Key Result Areas (NKRA), adding that the results of such efforts were evident.
“In the first year of implementation, the GTP’s total achievement was an encouraging 121 per cent against its targets. I see them in the reduction of crime rates, the improvement in literacy and education, and in the urban transport work that we are doing,” he said in his speech at the ministerial luncheon for corporate leaders here.
Muhyiddin said the government had also constructed 997km of roads and provided 72,406 households with clean treated water under the rural basic infrastructure project.
He added that the government had succeeded in helping the hardcore poor through the 1Azam programmes to ensure they did not fall back into the poverty trap.
“The financial assistance we provided through the Cost of Living initiatives are aimed to reduce the impact of rising food prices and possible economic downturn that is affecting not only Malaysia, but on a global scale.
“The aim of this newest NKRA is simply to provide immediate relief to the rakyat through quick measures, while formulating long-term strategies to address the rising cost of living,” he said.
He said that the government has spent RM37.7 billion on cash handouts, food and petrol subsidies and other forms of assistance to the people.
“Initiatives such as the 1 Malaysia generic products, eKasih programmes, rural basic infrastructure improvements and government hospital subsidies, as well as a host of initiatives covered by other NKRAs all helped ease the rakyat’s burden.
“In the urban area... through the Urban Transport NKRA... I have personally launched the first of 38 six-car sets (SES) for the KTM Komuter service early this month to alleviate passenger congestion.
“We are also... building new bus terminals in Bandar Tasik Selatan and in Gombak. Let’s not discount the fact that the MRT project is underway,” he said.
He also said that the crime rate had dropped by an average of 13 per cent in 2010 since 2006 and 2009, while street crime dropped by an average of 37 per cent.
“These initiatives are not mere rhetoric but clear outcomes. Outcomes of which, however, only the targeted Malaysians would feel.”
“We have to be honest with ourselves. We are not in a place we desire to be yet.... That is why the government is undertaking a comprehensive review of all government spending and the need to rationalise subsidies.”
“We must ensure that every ringgit we spend is spent wisely and delivers positive outcomes to the public and business community at large,” he said.