The 11th Malaysia Plan marks the last sprint for Vision 2020 and should be regarded as an important document to help realise the nation’s needs and aspirations.

Undoubtedly, the Plan and its objectives are people-centric and has raised public expectations to have a better quality of life.

The Plan which contains six strategic trusts, aims to improve the well-being of Malaysians irrespective of race, have better access to quality healthcare and affordable housing, pursuing the green growth agenda to protect our precious environment for present and future generations.

It also focuses on human capital development, strengthening infrastructure and to pursue the national socio-economic Agenda by enhancing inclusiveness towards an equitable society.

On paper the aims and objectives of the 11th Malaysia Plan are very noble and laudable but the crux of the matter lies in its implementation.

It has always been my view that in the final analysis what really matters is the implementation, monitoring and service delivery if the Plan is ever to benefit the rakyat.

Even before we start implementing the 11th Plan what also needs to be done is for the Government to learn from the mistakes and shortcomings from the implementation of the 10th Plan so that we will learn from our past weaknesses and inadequacies.

An important factor that will also determine the success of the 11th Plan is an efficient and dedicated civil service which practises transparency and high standards of integrity.

All civil servants must be fully committed to serve the nation and ensure that all programmes and projects are carried out to benefit the people.

They have a key role in transforming the public service for productivity and deliver on the nation’s aspirations.

Perusing the details of the 11th Plan, I notice that a lot of attention has been given to help the poor of all races in terms of housing, healthcare, etc.

What should be of concern to the Government is also the middle-income bracket who are now hard pressed due to the rising cost of living.

What has very rightly been emphasised is “green growth” which will ensure that Malaysia’s precious environment need to be conserved and protected for the sake of our future generations.

Crime has always been a major issue in Malaysia. According to the 11th Plan, crime prevention will be intensified through police omnipresence, safe city programmes and volunteerism programmes to reduce the crime index by 5% annually.

This is commendable but in the final analysis the police must be better equipped and prepared to fight crime through more manpower and investment in latest technology particularly in dealing with cyber-crime.

Negative public perception towards the crime situation also needs to be addressed through more police – public interaction and dialogue as well as enhancing police efficiency to solve crime.

Fighting crime is essential but more important than that is to remove the causes of crime through appropriate policies and solutions.

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