Friday, December 18, 2009

"Government Transformation Programme" Open Day

Visiting the "Corruption" booth, and getting briefed by the Lab leads (pic by KwongWah)

I had a very good and friendly chat with Datuk Seri Idris Jala,
but I can't remember at all what I was talking about doing all these hand gestures!
(Pic by Sinchew)

I spent more than 3 hours at the "Government Transformation Programme (GTP)" Open Day at the Sunway Convention Centre this morning, looking at the various booths touting solutions to Prime Minister Najib's Key Result Areas (NKRAs).

I don't have time to write down all that I think at this point of time about some of the booths (Corruption, Crime, Urban Public Transport, Education) but the report below by Malaysiakini gives an overall flavour to my thoughts. ;-)

It's also interesting to note that the only Members of Parliament who visited the GTP Open Day was from Pakatan - Dr Hatta Ramli and myself in the morning, Lim Kit Siang, Teresa Kok and Fong Po Kuan in the afternoon. None came from Barisan Nasional... ;-)

Well, excerpts from the Malaysiakini report:
Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua described the exhibition as part of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's election manifesto for the upcoming 13th general election. He admitted that there were plenty of good suggestions and when asked if the opposition would be threatened by Najib's latest move, Pua replied, "If he is able to achieve it, yes".

Asked if he thought the civil servants were capable of implementing the proposals, Pua replied "No" without skipping a beat.

He also expressed doubts that cabinet ministers were in full support of the proposals made, such as the one to disclose all government tenders. He cited his recent three unsuccessful attempts in the Dewan Rakyat to seek more details of the controversial Matrade Convention Centre in Putrajaya.

"There were a lot of good suggestions made (in the six NKRA) but whether the government can really accept all these suggestions is a big question mark," he said.
From Bernama:
Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said it could not be denied that the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Board, led by its Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala, had done a decent job.

"There are many great ideas expressed by the laboratories in the six areas, such as education and crime," he told reporters here.

"However, there is still room for improvement as these ideas are not complete as admitted by the team themselves," he added.

"The team has came out with many good ideas and the next challenge for the government will be on implementing these ideas for the people's benefit," he said, adding that transparency in implementing projects would be one crucial challenge to the government.
From The Star:
PJ Utara MP Tony Pua said: "There is no denying that Pemandu has helped a lot in putting this together in six weeks but the proof is in the doing."
(I actually said "pudding" but the reporter wrote "doing". Maybe I need to work on my Malaysian English ;-))
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