Soi Lek says public backing for Najib key to reforms

By Yow Hong Chieh

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — Malaysians must help see through the Najib administration’s reform plans by throwing their support behind the government in the coming year, the MCA president has said.

Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek stressed that Malaysia could only make a “quantum leap” if there was partnership and understanding between government and people over the next 12 months, without which even the best plans would flounder.

“There can be no limit to the progress of a nation if the government of the day has the people power behind them and the willpower, commitment and desires to achieve its objectives objectively in all fairness,” he said in his New Year’s Day message today.

Public backing was “very crucial” to the success of the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP), Government Transformation Plan (GTP) and other policies which have already yielded early results, the veteran politician added.

He highlighted Malaysia’s three-fold increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) to RM17.1 billion for the first nine months of this year compared to RM5 billion for the whole of 2009, which he attributed to “convincing economic policies” set by the government.

“The spectacular recovery of FDIs is a clear reflection of increase confidence in the Malaysian economy and the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak,” he said.

He also pointed to the FBM KLCI’s “remarkable” performance surpassing 1,500 points and the ringgit’s two-year high against the US dollar as evidence of Najib’s sound economic policies.

Dr Chua urged the government to continue liberalising policies in future to attract foreign investment and expertise to boost the economy.

“Let us look forward in harnessing the best of the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kadazans and others to bring out the talents in each of us,” he said.

“Given the people’s support, I am confident that Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue to articulate the hopes, fears, expectations and frustrations of the various communities in Malaysia.”

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