Recently, I hosted a #TanyaGomen session organised by the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the guest who I (and the audience) grilled was minister in the Prime Minister’s department, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.
And since he holds the economic development portfolio, the questions were all about Malaysia’s economic well-being, with emphasis on the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11). It’s important because of several reasons:
1. It is the last Malaysia Plan before we reach the year 2020, when Malaysia is suppose to become a fully developed country.
2. Although the government is always painting a positive picture when it comes to the economic and financial state of the nation, the sentiments on the ground is almost the opposite.
All this was openly discussed and Datuk Seri Wahid admits that the situation isn’t all rosy and picture perfect, but steps are being taken to address it all. Some of the points that were made are:
1. Inclusive and fair education is the key to everything when it comes to improving the state of the country.
2. RMK11 is a plan that is based on assumed targets. We can only work the best possible way to achieve it.
3. English is very important for Malaysians to master. No two ways about it.
4. The problem with the bottom 40 percent (B40) of the population that isn’t exactly poverty-stricken, yet isn’t well-off enough, needs immediate attention.
You can head over to KopitiamEkonomi.Com to read about this a bit more. Also, stay tuned for the session to be broadcast on TV soon and for the video and podcast to be available online (don’t worry, I’ll announce it).