PUTRAJAYA - Declaring that 2018 will be a year of success and impressive results for Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pledged to work and strive harder for the betterment of all.
The Prime Minister said he wanted this year to be special and this could be achieved if policy makers and civil servants continued to work together to bring greatness to the country and the people.
“I will work harder and I am determined to deliver more for the people. So will my deputy (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi).
“Our aim is to make what is already good, better and what is already great, greater. We can achieve this if we continue to work as a family or a team,” he said.
Addressing staff of the Prime Minister’s Department at its monthly assembly, Najib went on to say: “My hope is that you will help me when the time comes,” in an obvious reference to the impending general election.
The Prime Minister said Malaysia had seen several achievements and successes since last year, with the latest being ranked No. 1 in Asia by the World Economic Forum in the inclusive development index.
“In the world, we are ranked 13 while China is at 25 and India is placed 62 on the index. This is one of our many successes and alhamdulillah we have seen other positive indicators,” he said.
All these successes contradicted claims that the country was a failed state and was on the verge of bankruptcy, said Najib.
Pointing out that the ringgit crossed the RM4 psychological barrier on Jan 5, the Prime Minister said this meant that the currency was among the best performing in the world.
The economy grew positively so much so that the World Bank had to revise its projection for Malaysia three times last year, Najib said, adding that the third quarter of 2017 recorded a growth of 6.2% while export for November went up 14.4% or RM83.5bil.
“I asked the Securities Commission chairman on the strong performance of the ringgit. He told me it is not just because the oil price has gone up but foreign funds are flowing in because international funds and equity companies are confident of our policies,” said Najib.
The Government, he added, had delivered much of its promises, fulfilling 97.6% of its pledges made five years ago.
Bernama reported that Najib also received a courtesy call from United Arab Emirates Economy Minister Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori at his office here yesterday.
The UAE minister is here to attend the UAE-Malaysia Business and Investment Forum held in Kuala Lumpur.