November 17, 2019
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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad is going full speed ahead to reform the nation and has duly appointed his federal cabinet ministers to undertake the task of making sure that the country recovers and the economy starts to grow once again.
It’s a difficult time for many Malaysians and it looks like it’s going to get hard and tough before the nation comes out of the woods. But Tun Dr Mahathir is an expert helmsman and he is ably assisted including by a council of elders.
Malaysians and the international community are watching and monitoring closely events in the aftermath of the “tsunami rakyat” that took place in the 14th General Election and they are convinced all the measures the good doctor has put in place is effective and good.

 

Flexible working hours for women in relevant employment areas should be implemented in the country. This was to optimize the role and contribution of women in the employment sector while they remain committed to balancing their responsibilities as wife and mother.
The flexi-hours approach should be further studied to enable it to be well-and-openly accepted by employers. There were many women who were breast-feeding and had no maids to attend to household chores and this is why flexi-hours employment is the way forward.
Besides this women can play a greater and more assertive role in the home and workplace if they were given the opportunity to work flexi-hours.

In reference to the former prime minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife, the home minister pointed out that they are receiving fair and just treatment while being investigated for several crimes. The ministry of home is in no way partisan, and the minister assured that he will do all that in his power to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the country. He stressed that while his task is daunting, the ministry was right now in the midst of a clean–up drive to weed out the corrupt and those who are tainted in politics and business.

Finace (Lim Chuan Eng)

The finance ministry has announced that the debt of the nation is now over RM 1 trillion and therefore it has started a crowd-funding exercise to raise RM 200 million to reduce the debt burden. Meanwhile the US government has assured that its Department of Justice which has seized a considerable amount of assets from 1MDB will return everything to the Malaysian government. The finance minister stated that the 1MDB fiasco is just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many more scams and scandals similar to 1MDB that are rife in this country.

Defence (Mohamad Sabu)

In a recent speech to the staff of the ministry of defence, the defence minister stated that he had an enormous task ahead of him to keep the land, the sea and the air space of the nation safe from intruders and those that pose a threat to the country. In his statement, he stated that the army, the navy and the air force must be mobilized in order to act as a safety net for the nation and its people and this is why the upgrading of equipment and staff is to be continuous. Malaysia was now vulnerable especially in the South China Sea and the east coast of Sabah but the minister was confident that there was a resilient armed forces in place and they had the capability to secure the defence of the nation and the safety of the people.

Human Resources (M. Kulasegaran)

Three Human Resource Development Fun (HRDF) board members have resigned following their involvement in training projects conducted by the Human Resources Ministry.
The three were directors and had tendered their resignation leaving only 11 functioning board members. The resignation of the three directors was accepted.
Replacement exercises for the three board members will be carried out later while this section of the ministry will continue to function as usual.

The top priority of the minister is to get to know the ministry staff and to familiarize herself with all the systems and mechanisms in place. She stated that all the plans and programs of the ministry will be studied and evaluated by her before she embarks on her mission to improve the quality of life in the rural areas. She pledged to do her best and assured Malaysians that she will bear her task responsibly and will soon work out schemes to assist the rural poor and uplift their status.

The Health Ministry will implement six measures to address various issues to provide the best health services to the people. They are:
• The first measure is to raise the capacity of public hospitals by building new facilities and upgrading existing ones
• The second measure is to improve daycare services in hospitals to reduce congestion in inpatient admissions and waiting time for treatment
• The third measure is to have more collaboration between government hospitals and universities
• The fourth measure is for patients to have an appointment system to see doctors to reduce congestion
• The fifth measure is to form cluster hospitals collaboration between specialist hospitals and non-specialist hospitals
• The sixth measure is to improve efficiency in handling patients’ waiting process to reduce wasting time

The proposal for internet access to be made a constitutional right would be brought to the federal cabinet in the near future. This was to enable Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce. The proposal will bring an abundance of benefits and information access to the people without involving any political element. The proposal will have a positive effect on the country’s internet facilities in terms of connectivity, lower internet costs and better speed.

The Transport Ministry has cancelled a whopping contract worth RM800,000 for the writing of weekly articles by the minister in a newspaper column. The Transport Minister stated there was no need to proceed with the project as he is personally conducting all communications and multi-media exercises within the ministry. The discovery of the contract shows the unnecessary spending done by the previous Barisan Nasional Government.

The minister has ordered an indefinite freeze on internal staff transfers and promotions at all state and district education departments.
The freeze is aimed at deterring political interference in the ministry. In the past, transfers and promotions were made in favor of people who were linked to the previous education minister.
This is to ensure that eventually egalitarian values are practiced and these fair practices and meritocracy will ensure the smooth and efficient running of the ministry.

The minister upon taking the oath of office declared that the success of Selangor when he was Chief Minister will be emulated and used as a model and blueprint to raise the socio-economic status of all Malaysians. He stated that the nation had a great potential to be able to become an advanced and developed nation in the near future and he looked forward to be able to assist and lead the people of this country to move forward and to keep raising the barrier. The minister pledged to do his best and was of the opinion that there was a lot of work to be done to reform and get the country on the right track especially the economy.

The government will focus on increasing food productivity and security as well as minimizing bureaucracy over the next three years. The government was committed to involving industries to ensure adequate food supply in the country as well as to ensure the national food safety index meet with the United Nations standard. Of paramount interest is the rice sector which needs to be revived drastically towards having a more efficient local supply and to ensure the local meat supply reaches the 30 per cent production.

The minister is looking into the policies of the ministry to see how it can be upgraded to ensure that the housing & local government sector is well run. Issues like balanced housing for bumiputras in large urban areas and the rights of minorities, indigenous people and other citizens will be addressed in order for them to live comfortably. The minister wants to see reforms from a safe and gender-friendly urban service perspective as well as professional and international class municipal and local government management implemented.

The minister upon his appointment immediately announced that the National Civics Bureau will be abolished as it has lost its relevance.

The controversial bureau that has from time to time in the past been accused of racism and prejudice has been criticized heavily by Malaysians of all walks of life.

This has prompted the minister to make the decision which many perceive to be right. He further stated that Malaysians must close ranks and come together in a unified spirit after the “tsunami rakyat” in the 14th general election.

He said there was a lot of room for growth and people should start to go to the ground to work together for not only a new nation but a much better nation.

The minister stated that dilapidated schools will be repaired as soon as possible to ensure the safety of students and teachers around the country as the numbers of them are on the rise.

He also said that highways and roads will continue to be built to alleviate traffic congestion and to ensure connectivity but people will have to be patient as it will take time to get things going especially the Pan-Borneo Highway.

The minister was confident that in the near future there will be much improvement in the infrastructure of the nation and he hoped that everything will work out right for the “rakyat.”

The minister believes there is a lot that needs to be done as a lot of things the government of the past had been doing was fragmented.

Now what she hopes to do is to coordinate everything to really come together and see who is doing what, which ministry is doing what and on the funding as well.

The BN government had channeled funds through different agencies and there appears to be no synergy that came with it.

She hoped that all this will now be a thing of the past and that her ministry can move on and get on to improve the lives of Malaysians.

The minister as de facto law minister challenged Malaysians to strive for justice, law and order and to ensure that this country will grow as a beacon of promise of a secure and safe future for everyone in the country.

He said there was now certain weaknesses in Malaysia’s institutions of law and order and he hoped that these problems can be overcome and strength gained by law enforcement agencies.

Malaysia, which subscribed to parliamentary democracy of the Westminster model was fortunate to have this British system of governance passed on to them.

He said his topmost priority now was to ensure peace and stability in the country and to make sure that people were safe and secure wherever they are in this country and to assure visitors to the country that they will be treated well.

The minister, upon being appointed, stated that she will look into the palm oil market to ensure that prices are stable and that the plantation sector has a much better future.

She said it was her fervent belief that the industry had a tremendous potential and looked forward to put in place mechanisms that will help primary industries in the country.

There was much room for growth that can accommodate all the players in the various primary industries and she looked forward with relish to the challenges that are in store.

Malaysia she said had the bounty of nature to support its primary industries and also the natural resources and, therefore, she hoped to capitalize on these assets of the nation.

The minister was gung ho upon his appointment and stated immediately that he is committed to making the nation really, really big in industry and trade.

He pledged to do better than his predecessor and to cut red tape and be more open about communication between his ministry and the `rakyat’.

He said he needed a little more time to sort out the overlapping functions within his ministry and will have an open discussion with the Prime Minister about it.

Very soon also initiatives that are being formulated by the ministry will be announced. But he did not elaborate further.

Also of interest was the opening of the first Alibaba Group Holding’s Ltd office for ASEAN which was opened in Kuala Lumpur to which he said it will be a big boost to Malaysian trade and industry.

The minister said that he will reconsider whether political appointees on the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Advisory Board can continue in their post.

He stated that advisors should be selected based on professional merit but reiterated that he was not in a hurry to revamp the board.

A number of complaints surfaced in the run up to the 14th general election that there was unethical conduct by several advisory board members and this is why the minister was asked to comment.

On his appointment, the minister stated that he hoped to do his best and improve the Quality-of-Life of all Malaysians under the newly-formed Pakatan Harapan government.

The minister revealed that 70 per cent of consumer goods experienced a drop in prices after the zero-rated Goods & Services Tax was introduced on June 1.

The enforcement department of the ministry had conducted a survey on 1,688 premises, involving 417 items used by consumers among others wet and dry items as well as essential items for infants and 70 per cent of these prices dropped between 0.04 per cent and 13 per cent.

This news should be of good cheer for Malaysians who have long been complaining of rising prices of goods and services and the abolishment of the Price Control Act which was another major blow to people.

The minister stated that it will not be long before prices dropped even further and Malaysians will be able to enjoy a more appropriate price of goods and services.

The minister was tight-lipped about his appointment but stated that his ministry will start to be more pro-active and be vigorous and enthusiastic about the booming tourism industry.

He hoped to increase tourist arrivals by embarking on a number of strategies to woo them by improving the facilities that are made available to them

The minister was confident that Malaysia will be a preferred destination or a destination of choice for both foreign and local tourists and saw a great potential in domestic and eco-tourism.

Besides this, there will be more effort made to boost the arts and culture scene. He said there were many interesting facets of life in this country that must not be taken for granted but be savored and enjoyed by all.

He hoped that his ministry will soon get on the right track by formulating policies and plans to improve the tourism, arts & culture scene.

The minister, upon taking the oath of office, stated that the Department of Islamic Development or JAKIM will not be shut down but revived and revamped and towards this end he will be consulting Islamic scholars locally and abroad on how to go about it.

He said he was impressed by the tolerance of Malaysians towards each other’s religion and stated that he hoped to see continued religious harmony in the country.

He said as a multi-racial and multi-religious nation there was hope to further multi-cultural ties in this country among the people by not highlighting diversity but commonalities.

He said Malaysians shared a common bond by virtue of nationality and he hoped that more Malaysians, both from West and East Malaysia, will learn to integrate with each other and live in peace and harmony.

The minister was tight-lipped about his appointment but stated that his ministry will start to be more pro-active and be vigorous and enthusiastic about the booming tourism industry.

He hoped to increase tourist arrivals by embarking on a number of strategies to woo them by improving the facilities that are made available to them

The minister was confident that Malaysia will be a preferred destination or a destination of choice for both foreign and local tourists and saw a great potential in domestic and eco-tourism.

Besides this, there will be more effort made to boost the arts and culture scene. He said there were many interesting facets of life in this country that must not be taken for granted but be savored and enjoyed by all.

He hoped that his ministry will soon get on the right track by formulating policies and plans to improve the tourism, arts & culture scene.

Foreign Affairs (Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will no longer appoint politicians as Malaysia’s ambassadors abroad. But the process of appointment is to follow existing procedures specified by Wisma Putra.

For subsequent appointments it will be offered to any senior government officials and anyone else who is interested in a position of ambassador can apply.

Screening will be done by top officials of the ministry before an appointment is decided by the minister.

Several ambassadors were recalled recently follow complaints that they were actually politicking but the matter has been resolved amicably.

Enterpreneur & Co-operative Development (Redzuan Yousof)

The minister stated that he will meet with the prime minister to receive instructions on how to run the ministry.

A blueprint is expected to be issued and the ministry which was revived by Tun Dr Mahathir is expected to focus on Small-and-Medium scale industries.

A lot of traders have been calling for the revival of the ministry, which was shut down nine years ago, as it has been very helpful to them and the minister said he hoped to comply with their expectations and meet their requirements.

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