Saturday, December 19, 2009

What is NKRA?

By Lydia Gomez & Ili Liyana Mokhtar (NST).

The government will make public the six core areas of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) to the public at Sunway Convention Centre on Friday.

Guests, including representatives of companies and non-governmental organisations, will have access to details on the NKRA on Thursday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who expressed confidence that all targets could be achieved, said the government wanted the public to know in detail the approaches and philosophy of 1Malaysia, which formed the thrust of the NKRA.

"The government is committed to carrying out a transformation programme as its main agenda based on approaches and philosophy of 1Malaysia -- people first, performance now," he said.

"To make it public proves that the government is transparent and committed and that we are serious about achieving what we have set for the people," he said after chairing the fifth workshop on the NKRA, attended by cabinet members, at a hotel here yesterday.

Present were Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Datuk Seri Idris Jala.

The six main areas are reduction of crime, anti-corruption, better access to affordable and quality education, higher standard of living for the poor, better rural infrastructure and improved public transport.

As the NKRA was a collective responsibility of the government, Najib said he was personally involved in overseeing its successful implementation.

A comprehensive document on the NKRA would be made available by the end of next month.

"The document will list details for better understanding of the 1Malaysia concept as well as national unity."

On acceptance by the people of the NKRA, Najib said there were certain subjects that might not get full support.

"We are dealing with a wide spectrum of values in the system and it is understandable if not all initiatives are supported."

Saying that he was pleased the workshops had been going on smoothly, Najib added that the process was taking place as planned.

"We have done all the necessary preparations," he said, adding that he was grateful to government officers who had laboured day and night for the past several months on the NKRA.

"The needs of each village in the country and rural infrastructure that needs to be built have been identified.

"The performance of 10,000 schools (including 7,000 primary schools) has also been identified."

The government had also identified about 44,000 households and low-income groups that needed assistance.

"Our efforts to eradicate corruption, reduce crime and improve public transport have also been identified."

Najib also said some of the programmes under the NKRA had already been carried out.

There are also targets that should be achieved by next year and by 2012.

He expressed hope that the public would take advantage of the NKRA by giving their input. "This means there is interaction with the people as they are encouraged to present their views and ideas.

"This government transformation programme via the NKRA is actually historic. This is the first time that the government is doing it concertedly and comprehensively. Secondly, it is prepared to open it to the public for assessment."