Sejauh manakah kesungguhan, keikhlasan, kebenaran dan kejujuran Parti Politik membawa arah tuju yang sebenar.....?

……….Dan demikian itulah keadaan hari-hari (dunia ini dengan peristiwa-peristiwa kemenangan atau kekalahan), kami gilirkan dia antara sesama manusia, (supaya menjadi pengajaran) dan supaya nyata apa yang diketahui Allah tentang orang-orang yang tetap beriman (dan yang sebaliknya), dan juga supaya Allah menjadikan sebahagian di antara kamu orang-orang yang mati Syahid. Dan (ingatlah), Allah tidak suka kepada orang-orang yang zalim.

- Surah Ali Imran ayat 140 -

Petikan Al-Quran.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Perutusan Sempena Hari Ulang Tahun UMNO ke 65.


By           :              DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue  :              PUTRAJAYA
Date      :              11/05/2011

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, salam sejahtera dan salam 1Malaysia

Syukur Alhamdulillah kita dapat menyambut hari ulangtahun kelahiran UMNO yang ke-65 pada hari ini. Kita bersyukur ke hadrat Allah SWT dan berterima kasih kepada rakyat Malaysia kerana di kala dan ketika kita menyambut tarikh keramat 11 Mei ini kita masih menjadi parti pemerintah yang mendapat kepercayaan dan diyakini orang-orang Melayu dan Bumiputera khasnya serta rakyat Malaysia amnya.

Kepercayaan dan keyakinan ini bukan wujud secara semula jadi tetapi dimenangi serta dipupuk hasil keikhlasan dan iltizam perjuangan generasi kepimpinan dan ahli UMNO silih berganti. Ia tidak mungkin berterusan tanpa kemampuan kepimpinan dan ahli-ahli UMNO untuk terus merasai denyut nadi rakyat serta mendokong aspirasi mereka.

Dalam usia 65 tahun UMNO telah menempuh pelbagai cabaran serta tribulasi. Pengalaman dan sejarah telah menjadikan UMNO parti politik yang kuat, realistik, matang serta berpijak di bumi nyata. Ia telah mencanai UMNO dengan keanjalan untuk berubah sesuai dengan tuntutan lanskap politik mutakhir, memastikan parti terus segar dan relevan.

Sesungguhnya badai yang telah melanda parti kita pada pilihanraya umum yang lalu bukanlah alasan untuk kita terus bersikap pesimistik. Kini bukan masanya untuk terus  mengeluh dan mengenang perkara lalu. Hakikatnya jika kita masih lagi tidak mengenal pasti apa kesilapan kita dan mengambil langkah-langkah pembetulan setelah lebih tiga tahun pilihanraya umum ke-12 berlalu maka kita sebenarnya hanya menempah masa depan yang kelam untuk parti dan rakyat. Kini adalah masa untuk bertindak dan bekerja bukannya masa untuk bernostalgia dan beremosi.

Justeru seluruh ahli parti perlu meningkatkan usaha untuk memantapkan persiapan bagi menghadapi Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 yang pasti tiba. Bunyikan semboyan, pukullah gendang perang dan panaskan jentera. Jangan sesekali membiarkan fitnah, kepalsuan dan cubaan untuk memperdaya rakyat berjaya.   
Ingatlah jasa-jasa lalu akan hanya tinggal dalam lipatan lembaran sejarah jika kita gagal dalam ujian yang besar ini. UMNO perlu terus gagah dan relevan untuk melakar jasa-jasa baru demi untuk agama, bangsa dan negara.

Sejak mula ditubuhkan sebelum merdeka lagi, UMNO telah membuktikan kemampuannya sebagai sebuah parti politik yang bukan sahaja mampu menyatukan orang Melayu tetapi juga untuk menerajui pemerintahan negara.

Sejarah telah membuktikan betapa besarnya peranan dan sumbangan UMNO. Kita tidak akan lupa jasa-jasa tokoh-tokoh seperti Dato’ Onn, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn, Tun Dr. Mahathir, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi serta lain-lain tokoh UMNO yang telah begitu banyak berjasa kepada parti dan negara.

Sementara kita semua menghargai jasa dan sumbangan para pejuang bangsa ini, pemimpin, ahli, dan penyokong UMNO perlu sedar bahawa segala jasa dan sumbangan UMNO terhadap agama, bangsa dan negara tidak menjamin kelangsungan sokongan rakyat kepada UMNO sebagai parti pemerintah di negara ini.

Untuk itu kita perlu meneruskan perjuangan pendahulu-pendahulu kita untuk menjadi juara rakyat. UMNO dan rakan-rakan komponen Barisan Nasional perlu memastikan agar hari ini untuk warga Malaysia adalah lebih baik dari hari semalam dan fajar menyinsing di hari esok akan menjanjikan sesuatu yang lebih baik untuk mereka dan anak-anak mereka.

Marilah kita bersama-sama rakan-rakan dalam Barisan Nasional untuk terus bekerja keras dan berusaha dengan gigih bagi mencipta masa depan Malaysia yang lebih makmur, marilah kita bersama-sama untuk meletakkan negara tercinta ini ditempatnya yang hak di persada antarabangsa.

Insya-Allah berkat kesungguhan dan iltizam padu kita UMNO akan terus berjaya.

DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB
Presiden UMNO

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PELANCARAN UNIT PENERAJU AGENDA BUMIPUTERA (TERAJU).


By       :   DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue :   PUTRAJAYA
Date    :   08/02/2011

1.       Saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa Majlis Tindakan Agenda Bumiputera (MTAB) telah pun menubuhkan Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (TERAJU) bagi menerajui, mengurus serta memacu inisiatif bagi memperkukuhkan agenda pembangunan bumiputera.

2.       TERAJU terdiri daripada lima bahagian utama, setiap satu dipertanggungjawabkan untuk bidang berikut:

                        i.         Keusahawanan dan penciptaan kekayaan;
                      ii.         Pembiayaan;
                     iii.         Pendidikan dan Penggajian;
                    iv.         Penilaian Institusi & Instrumen Polisi; dan
                      v.         Pengurusan Stakeholder.

3.          Bagi memastikan pelaksanaan inisiatif Bumiputera yang efektif dan cekap, peranan TERAJU ditetapkan seperti berikut:

i.         Memastikan hasil yang pantas dan efektif – termasuk menilai semula inisiatif pembangunan Bumiputera yang sedia ada untuk memperkukuhkan keusahawanan Bumiputera, penyertaan di dalam pekerjaan berpendapatan tinggi dan pembangunan keupayaan untuk penciptaan serta pemilikan kekayaan;

ii.       Meningkatkan keberkesanan Institusi    Menilai institusi-institusi yang terlibat dengan Agenda Bumiputera untuk merasionalisasikan fungsi-fungsi institusi berkenaan demi memastikan setiap institusi mempunyai mandat, tumpuan serta tahap kemahiran yang diperlukan;

iii.      Program Pengurusan dan Sokongan Aktif TERAJU akan bekerjasama dengan agensi-agensi berkaitan untuk mengenal pasti program-program baru, mengenal pasti serta menyelesaikan perkara yang mungkin menimbulkan masalah pelaksanaan, memberi cadangan kepada MTAB serta memantau status pelaksanaan; dan

iv.     Penilaian Keberkesanan – Memastikan aspirasi serta tumpuan kepada perkara yang perlu diberi fokus adalah jelas, iaitu penggajian, keusahawanan dan penciptaan kekayaan. Seterusnya TERAJU akan membuat penilaian impak ke atas inisiatif yang dilaksanakan serta memperbaiki strategi perlaksanaan, sekiranya perlu.

4.          TERAJU akan bekerjasama dengan agensi-agensi yang dikenalpasti bagi memantapkan inisiatif yang dilaksanakan, menilai program yang sedia ada serta menyelaraskan pelaksanaan program-program. Untuk lebih memahami isu-isu serta sentimen yang berkaitan, TERAJU  akan sentiasa bekerjasama dengan pihak NGO serta stakeholder yang lain dan akan memberi cadangan yang bersesuaian kepada MTAB. TERAJU telah pun mula merancang, serta melaksanakan Program Transformasi Agenda Bumiputera (PTAB), mirip kepada Program Transformasi GLC yang diperkenalkan pada tahun 2004.

5.          Encik Husni Salleh telah dilantik sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif TERAJU. Beliau merupakan bekas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MAVCAP, dan mempunyai lebih 20 tahun pengalaman di dalam bidang pelaburan serta Modal Teroka (Venture Capital).

6.          Selain itu, Urusetia Skim Jejak Jaya Bumiputera (SJJB) akan juga diletakkan di bawah TERAJU. Program SJJB ini merupakan salah satu agenda untuk mempertingkatkan kemampuan usahawan Melayu dalam bidang ekonomi khususnya dalam pemilikan ekuiti. Melalui SJJB, kerajaan ingin menambahkan lagi bilangan syarikat Bumiputera yang telah dan akan disenaraikan di Bursa Malaysia baik di papan Utama ataupun ACE. SJJB hari ini digerakkan oleh sebuah Urusetia di bawah Kementerian Kewangan.

7.          Setakat ini, sudah ada lima syarikat Bumiputera di bawah skim ini yang telah pun tersenarai di Bursa Malaysia. Syarikat-syarikat tersebut ialah Handal Resources Berhad, Lityan Holdings Berhad (sekarang dikenali sebagai Theta Edge Berhad), Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad, Cypark Resources Berhad dan Century Software Holdings Berhad. Pada tahun ini dijangkakan lima buah syarikat Bumiputera akan disenaraikan. Jumlah ‘market capitalization’ akan meningkat melebihi paras RM1 bilion pada tahun ini, dan kita berharap ini dapat digandakan kepada RM2 bilion pada pertengahan tahun hadapan.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

THE MALIAU BASIN (Sabah's Lost World).

By       :     DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue  :    MALIAU BASIN, SABAH
Date    :     29/01/2011
Title   :      OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE MALIAU BASIN STUDIES CENTRE AND LAUNCHING OF THE SAFE PROJECT.

1.                 It gives me great pleasure to participate in this historic occasion and to officially open the Maliau Basin Studies Centre and launch the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project - called the SAFE Project. We have the Sime Darby Foundation and The Royal Society’s South-East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) to thank for both of them.


2.                 I say historic because Maliau Basin, which is Sabah’s own Lost World, will become the centre of the world’s largest ecological experiment. It will provide the basis for a 10-year study into the impact of forest modifications - that is the impact of logging, deforestation and forest fragmentation on the functioning of tropical rainforests.

3.                 This long-term project, which is funded by the Sime Darby Foundation, involves renowned scientists from the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, which established SEARRP in 1985. It also involves researchers from the UK’s Imperial College and is supported by Sabah Foundation, which owns forest and plantation concessions in the Basin.


Ladies and gentlemen,

4.                 The Maliau Basin will become an integral part of this ecological experiment. It contains rare flora and fauna, including at least six types of pitcher plants, more than 80 species of orchids, the rare Rafflesia tengku-adlinii, and some of the world’s most rare and endangered wildlife species. These include the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Banteng, Orang Utan and Proboscis monkey.

5.                 Only 25 percent of Maliau Basin, which covers an area of over 58,000 hectares, has been explored to date. From major expeditions carried out in 1986, 1996, 2001 and 2005, we learned it likely has the greatest number of waterfalls anywhere in Malaysia, about 40 of them in all. These include the famous seven-tiered Maliau Falls and Sabah’s only ox-bow lake, called Lake Linumunsut.


6.                 This will provide a perfect setting for this long-term research project. Malaysia is one of 12 mega-biodiversity countries in the world. Such richness is supported by diverse habitats, especially the tropical rainforest on the Island of Borneo. Protecting pristine areas and bio-diversity conservation are critical global issues. The diversity and richness of this Land Below the Wind – as Sabah is known - is overwhelming.

7.                 With this appreciation of the uniqueness, diversity and values of our tropical rainforests, we must establish systems to protect these areas and their resources. This should be done both in-situ (in the original, natural place) and ex-situ (off-site, away from the natural habitat) in line with the Convention of Biological Diversity. Malaysia has taken the first step by becoming one of its signatory countries. The convention defines policies, strategies and obligations to improve conservation efforts.


8.                 By conserving and managing in these ways, we are maintaining the ecological processes and life support systems, preserving genetic diversity, and ensuring sustainable utilisation of species and ecosystems. This also maintains the wilderness for its scenic, cultural, educational, research, recreational and tourism benefits.

9.                 Conservation requires knowledge of the ecosystem. By strengthening our research into biodiversity and ecosystems and influencing factors, we will understand how to effectively protect them.

10.             Conservation requires funding, however. The private sector, both local and overseas, can play a significant role in sustaining and extending our conservation efforts. This will be crucial in making the Maliau Basin Studies Centre a premier facility for tropical rainforest research and scientific discovery in the region.


11.             In addition, the centre will contribute towards developing scientific information and a database for our growing biotechnology industry. By strengthening the capability of our scientists, they can be on par with the global scientific community.

12.             One of the concerns is the availability of local scientists to fully utilise the facilities. Perhaps MOSTI and other related agencies can take up the challenge and provide a mechanism to assist local scientists. Also, Malaysian institutions of higher learning and researchers from the Academy Sciences of Malaysia, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia and the Forest Research Centre Sepilok could benefit from working here. We would like to involve them in conducting research in Sabah and, in particular, in the Maliau Basin Conservation Area.


13.             The SAFE Project, meanwhile, will also benefit Malaysia in other ways as the property rights to project findings, research and scientific papers, will be jointly owned by the parties involved. This includes Sime Darby Foundation and involved scientists.

14.             The project aligns with the Government’s commitment to conservation and helps to address other important issues the world is facing, namely climate change as a result of deforestation.

15.             I understand that at least three scientists or scholars and four of the eight PhD students involved in the research project will be Malaysians. In addition, most of the field research assistants will be Malaysians.

16.             This research will make a major contribution to the understanding of how biodiversity can be protected and maintained on plantations. It will also assess how to balance the economic benefits from the oil palm industry with the need for environmental conservation and sustainable development
.

17.             To date, no definitive study exists on the quantifiable impact of deforestation on wildlife, water quality, nutrient cycling and soil stability. At best, what we have are educated guesses which aren’t sufficient to make important decisions that affect our environment and lives.

18.             To address these questions properly, we need a large-scale, long-term ecological experiment like the SAFE Project. Over the next ten years, it will provide concrete answers to these questions and can offer modifications to the way we operate oil palm plantations.    

19.             In the meantime, the Malaysian Government and the Malaysian palm oil industry already are taking concerted actions to protect the environment and wildlife in Malaysia.

20.             Through the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, we established the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund in 2006. It has initial funding of RM20 million, of which RM10 million was a grant from the Malaysian Government. The balance came from the palm oil industry.


21.             One of the objectives of this initiative is to study wildlife and biodiversity and ensure environmental conservation, while considering the overall impact of the palm oil industry on them. To date, here are examples of projects already funded by this initiative:

·          A Jungle Patrol to protect wildlife in forest reserves bordering oil palm plantations, in collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department;

·          A biodiversity conservation study on ox-bow lakes on oil palm plantations, carried out by University Malaysia Sabah;

·          An Orang Utan infant care unit in Bukit Merah Lake Resort;

·          A survey of the Orang Utan population in Sabah, carried out by Borneo Conservation Trust, Sabah Wildlife Department and an NGO called HUTAN;

·          A study of elephant, human and wildlife conflicts in forest reserves bordering oil palm plantations by the Department of Wildlife Malaysia; and

·          Production of educational materials on wildlife conservation through collaborations with Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary and Sabah Forestry Department.

22.             The Malaysian Government fully supports this noble initiative by Sime Darby Foundation, SEARRP and the Sabah Foundation. It aligns well with the objectives of the National Policy on the Environment, which was designed to promote environmentally sound and sustainable development.

23.             On behalf of the Malaysian Government, I would like to thank Sime Darby Foundation, SEARRP and Sabah Foundation for their efforts in finding answers to these important questions and improving our understanding of ways to protect our forests and the environment.


24.             I hope other private sector companies will follow the footsteps of Sime Darby Foundation and Sabah Foundation. The Government fully supports these initiatives, as we believe future generations have a right to enjoy these natural blessings of the Almighty.

25.             With that, I now officially open the Maliau Basin Research Studies Centre and launch the SAFE Project of Sime Darby and SEARRP.

Thank you.
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Friday, January 14, 2011

10TH ASEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MINISTERS MEETING (TELMIN-10).

By       : DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue  : ROYAL CHULAN HOTEL, KUALA LUMPUR
Date    : 13/01/2011

1.         I am honoured to welcome you to Kuala Lumpur and to the 10th ASEAN TELMIN. It is indeed a privilege to address this distinguished gathering of the ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers and senior officials as well as our ASEAN Dialogue partners alongside so many members of the ICT community. This conference comes at a robust and exciting time in terms of industry expansion and growth in our region and I congratulate all present on your achievements in the last decade in developing the telecommunications and ICT sector.

2.         Today more than 78% of our citizens in ASEAN are using ICT in different facets of their lives. The sector employs approximately 11.7 million people and generates more than 3% of our gross domestic product. 

3.         In the last decade, mobile penetration for the region grew from an average of 4.3% in 2000 to more than 76% by the end of 2009 and continues to grow. In fact, 5 ASEAN countries have mobile penetration levels that have exceeded the 100% mark with others fast catching up. Remarkably, this spectacular growth occurred in the same period when we had the Asian Financial crisis where economies contracted and prudence and frugality were became the order of the day.

4.         Yet, despite the challenges faced in the last decade, the telecommunications and ICT sectors continued to grow. I believe this leaves little doubt that telecommunications have ceased to become a luxury, and is now a necessary tool of survival in the 21st Century. In fact telecommunications and ICT play a vital role as catalysts for sustainable economic development and growth. The empirical evidence is incontrovertible. Studies have shown that every 10% increase in broadband penetration boosts GDP by an average of 1.3%, and every 10% increase in mobile tele-density results in a 0.7% increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a nation.

5.         Indeed, it has been our experience in Malaysia that telecommunications and ICT have served as the primary enabler for our economic development and growth in the last decade. Telecommunications and ICT connected us to the mainstream of global development and today communications and multimedia touches every industry sector in our economy.

6.         In the last decade, we have seen a number of major changes to our ICT landscape. Policy reforms introduced this sector to privatization and we encouraged the progressive liberalization of services for the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. We enacted the world’s first convergent legislation and established the first converged industry developer and regulator for the communications and multimedia sector. 

7.         Because of these bold steps we took, today Malaysia’s ICT landscape is enriched with many service providers and numerous communications and ICT services. I am also pleased to share that our broadband penetration today is 55.6% surpassing our original target of 50% by the end of last year. I am particularly proud that when I set the target in July of 2007 in my capacity then as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on National high Speed Broadband, our penetration rate at that time was hovering at 12.8%. But I firmly believed that if all stakeholders put in a concerted effort we could make that giant leap-frog forward, and Alhamdulillah, not only have we met our target in a timely manner, but we have in fact surpassed it.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

8.         Having said that, I must quickly add that a mere increase in broadband penetration or cellular density in itself will not guarantee economic growth and an improved well-being for our people. These advancements in communications infrastructure must be coupled with real and concrete applications which will increase productivity and economic output. New ways of providing applications and services should be explored and initiated across all sectors of the economy.

9.         This is important to note for any country seeking to accelerate their economic growth. This is why in Malaysia, in our New Economic Model, specific planning in this regard has been well incorporated. The New Economic Model together with continuous improvements in the communications and ICT infrastructure seeks to transform the Malaysian economy into one with high income and quality growth over the next decade with knowledge and innovation as our key elements. We have a bold exciting Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and have identified National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), which is the culmination of a substantial body of work to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy by 2020.

10.       In our 10th Malaysia Plan, we target to achieve an average of 6% annual real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth through year 2015; driven primarily by the services sector where growth is expected to average 7.2%. This plan clearly articulates the central role of ICT as the bedrock for the nation to vault forward to a high-income economy. The quantum leap in the plan will see the ICT sector expand from being a vertical sector to include the horizontal as well, as it cuts across all spheres of the economy and the lives of all Malaysians.

11.       By the same token, I am certain ASEAN Member Countries are making changes within their own system to further include ICT integration to transform their respective economies. Several years ago, we have already identified ICT as one of the ASEAN Economic Pillars. ICT has a huge multiplier effect for economic growth as it has the potential to make supply chains more efficient, collaboration richer, financial transactions faster, pricing more dynamic and processes transparent. ICT can accelerate the flow of goods and services across national borders, underpinned by effective competition; ICT stimulates and improves trade by connecting people and places previously not connected.

Ladies and gentlemen,

12.       One of the best examples on how the new emerging structure of the ICT industry is evolving can be seen with the rise of social networking and the Web 2.0 environment. Web 2.0 solutions empower individuals to utilize the Internet for global collaboration, innovation and information sharing. Not only has it empowered and changed the lives of individuals, the Web 2.0 world has spawned new business models and altered the way goods are sold, content is provided, and value is created.
           
13.       This is why it is imperative for ASEAN to be in the mainstream of global ICT development. Unfortunately, for many of us, inter ASEAN connectivity still remains a challenge as rolling out ubiquitous modern broadband networks requires huge investments. Much of our connectivity still routes to the US and Europe before reaching a fellow ASEAN country. To remedy this, I propose that TELMIN should consider focusing resources on improving pan ASEAN connectivity in order to lower the cost of bandwidth in ASEAN. If we are able to accomplish this, inter ASEAN connectivity will be greatly improved as will opportunities for enhancing ASEAN originated content and value creation for ASEAN products and services.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

14.       In our earnest drive to develop our respective economies, we also must not forget the new challenges brought about by advancements in ICT. Cyber-criminals are getting more sophisticated and pose great risks to any country or government. Steps must be taken to improve our capacity in dealing with cyber-threats and cyber criminals or else they will cause irreparable damage to economies and countries. We need to step up our capacity building to ensure that governments and law enforcement officials remain ahead of existing cyber threats, and on the pulse of emerging ones.

15.       Simultaneously, we must also look into the ethics of internet use, to the extent that the internet is governable. Obviously the internet by its very nature renders it almost impossible to completely regulate. However irresponsible and unethical behavior in the borderless world of the Internet must somehow be managed. The public and our future generations need to be educated to use communications and ICT in a safe and responsible manner. We have seen how societal values are sometimes negatively impacted due to the rapid advancement of ICT. Indecency and anarchy can seep in into any environment is not anchored on ethical value. In this regard, our Eastern cultural and societal values can come into play. I strongly believe, in embracing developments in ICT it is important we do not forget our cultural roots and our values. Our culture and our heritage is what makes us unique and it is important that we educate our peoples never to abandon what makes them uniquely Asian, even when faced with the onslaught of modernity and globalization. We should never, in the name of development, compromise on our values.

16.       Our children and the future generation of ASEANS should retain their ASEAN cultural values and they must be protected from the threats on the Internet. I understand some of these issues are also at the forefront of recent TELMIN discussions and I urge you to develop a cohesive and comprehensive plan for us to work together to protect our peoples as much as possible from the negative elements roaming and hiding in the darker realms of cyberspace.

Ladies and gentlemen,

17.       I feel it is most timely and appropriate that this meeting has chosen the theme “ICT: Positioning ASEAN For The Future”, as it complements the important role we have to play on the road of achieving an ASEAN Community by 2015. Our tasks in the years ahead are more challenging as we have to work harder conscientiously to transform ASEAN into a region that is attractive enough to draw investments and trade into the region which will consequently uplift the quality of life for the people of ASEAN. ASEAN cannot afford not to be on the cusp of ICT development if it is to remain as the most attractive region for business and commerce for the world. If this is to be the Asian Century, then ASEAN must serve as a primary artery for trade and investment in the continent.

18.       It is also heartening to note that the 10th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting today will also adopt the ASEAN ICT Masterplan with the vision “Towards an Empowering and Transformational ICT: Creating an Inclusive, Vibrant and Integrated ASEAN”. ICT is probably the most fundamental tool we have at our disposal to further strengthen our grouping by facilitating communications, for the exchange of ideas and to strengthen bilateral as well as people to people relations between all member countries. I hope all TELMIN members will give their full commitment in translating the Masterplan into concrete initiatives that will fulfill the intended objectives.

19.       ASEAN has achieved much since its inception over four decades ago. But it must continuously change and adapt itself to changing times if it is to remain an effective and relevant grouping , bringing real benefits to its member countries and partners. Whether in ICT or in other areas where member countries work closely together, we must continue to strive to become the best regional grouping in terms of the value it brings to the people of ASEAN. We have done well, but there is always room for improvement and we must be committed towards taking ASEAN to the next level.

20.       As this is the 10th Anniversary of ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting, I believe there is much to be discussed and shared. I hope that besides the formal talks in rolling out the Masterplan for the future of ASEAN ICT, all of you here will take the opportunity to strengthen your network of friends and build on that camaraderie to facilitate future cooperation.

21.       I also hope that all delegates of TELMIN-10 would take some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kuala Lumpur and experience the warmth of Malaysian hospitality. Above all I hope you have a fruitful and beneficial conference, and I wish you well in your deliberations. With that, it is with great pleasure that I declare the 10th ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting open.

Thank you.
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ETP IN OVERDRIVE WITH 19 DEVELOPMENTS WORTH RM67 BILLION MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN OIL, GAS & ENERGY, BUSINESS SERVICES, HEALTHCARE.

By           : DATO' SRI MOHD NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
Venue  : PUTRAJAYA
Date      : 11/01/2011

Putrajaya, 11 January 2011 – The Prime Minister of Malaysia today announced 19 Entry Point Projects and developments, following 18 others that have been announced since the launch of the Economic Transformation Programme.

“The Economic Transformation Programme has started the year with a bang by switching into overdrive and surging ahead with more Entry Point Projects and developments, as we approach the 100-day mark since we launch the programme. This time around, the 19 Entry Point Projects and developments will come from 10 National Key Economic Areas. Combined, they will contribute almost RM67 billion in investment, RM36 billion in gross national income and 35,000 new jobs,” said Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak.

Leading the announcement are four Entry Point Projects and developments under the Oil, Gas & Energy National Key Economic Area.

Following through from the announcement of new tax incentives under the Petroleum Income Tax Act (PITA) in November 2010, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc., in conjunction with its production sharing contract partner, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, plans to invest over RM10 billion in new oil and gas assets to help ensure reliable and sustainable energy supplies for Malaysia.

“This capital expenditure commitment will be utilised to rejuvenate mature facilities and undertake enhanced oil recovery activities in the Tapis field and the Telok gas development project. Located offshore Peninsular Malaysia, the Telok project is being developed under a gas production sharing contract to provide additional supplies for Malaysia's power and industrial needs and will promote organic growth of the natural gas sector,” said Najib.

Shell Malaysia will be investing RM5.1 billion on upgrading and expanding existing facilities, and building new facilities in upstream, midstream and downstream activities across Malaysia. This includes the expansion of the Shell MDS wax plant in Bintulu, a new biodiesel processing unit at the Shell Refinery in Port Dickson and the Gumusut deepwater development offshore Sabah.

Dialog Group Berhad, along with the State Government of Johor and Vopak, will be developing a RM5 billion independent deepwater petroleum terminal project at Pengerang, Johor. The hub will have a total petroleum storage capacity of five million cubic metres, and is expected to generate RM1.6 billion in gross national income by 2020.

“This project will catapult Malaysia into the ranks of a regional oil storage hub. I expect significant multiplier effects from the Pengerang project to cascade to the entire economy,” he added.

Rounding up the investments in energy is the establishment of Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation Energy to study the possibility of deploying nuclear energy to meet future demand and diversify the energy mix for Peninsular Malaysia.

“I am pleased to announce the formation of the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation as well as Dr Mohd Zamzam bin Jaafar as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr Mohd Zamzam will lead the planning based on the current development timeline of 11 to 12 years, from pre-project to commissioning,” said Najib. 
The aspiration to establish Malaysia as a world-class data centre hub under the Business Services National Key Economic Area received a major boost with MyTelehaus, CSF Group and Teliti Data investing over RM671 million collectively to develop new and upgrade existing facilities to supply 475,000 square feet of data centre floor space to cater to the increased demand.

In the healthcare sector, UM Holdings Sdn Bhd, a corporation wholly-owned by Universiti Malaya, will establish the Universiti Malaya Healthcare Metropolis in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. With an investment of RM1.25 billion, the two-million square feet purpose-built facility to be developed in collaboration with 32 healthcare, academic and technology partners, integrates healthcare, bio-research and post-graduate education.

“The project aims to elevate the standards and quality in these areas to be among the best in the world. It is benchmarked against Harvard’s Longwood Medical Centre and Stanford’s Bio-X Centre, two of the global best-in-class examples,” added the Prime Minister.

In addition, Hovid Berhad, a home-grown pharmaceutical company, has entered into a joint venture with Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis, a global pharmaceutical company to manufacture and supply generic drugs for diabetes and pain management worth RM50 million over the next five years. This generics export initiative is the first step for Malaysia to tap the global market worth RM435 billion over the next 10 years, catalysed by the patent expiration of major blockbuster drugs.  

The tourism sector will see two new hospitality developments. RM1billion will be invested by Teluk Datai Resort Sdn Bhd and its partners to expand and upgrade existing facilities and construct new hotels in Pulau Langkawi, while the YTL Group is investing RM75 million to develop a deluxe family resort in Pulau Gaya, off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

The AUO SunPower solar cell fabrication facility in Melaka, a joint venture between SunPower Corporation of the USA and AU Optronics Corporation of Taiwan, opened by the Prime Minister recently, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2013. The RM2.2 billion facility is expected to produce high-efficiency solar cells that generate more than 1,400 megawatts annually.

In the agriculture sector, Terengganu State Development has received approval to develop a High-Value Herbal Plantation in Pasir Raja, to cultivate herbs that are in high demand. This project is a crucial step to ensure the availability of a ready source of raw material as Malaysia moves up the value chain to become a leader in the production of nutraceuticals and botanical drugs. It will contribute about RM2.2 billion in gross national income by 2020.

In Communications Content and Infrastructure, SelecTV is set to invest RM30 million to create an internet protocol TV (IPTV) platform, to distribute Malaysian content to about 20,000 hotel rooms in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Middle East. This project will see a gross national income of RM90 million by 2020.

The wholesale and retail sector will see the MINES Resort City transformed into MINES Wellness City, an integrated health and wellness Resort. With an investment of approximately RM3 billion by 2020, this project will contribute about RM5 billion in gross national income over the next 10 years.

To achieve the target of a 40% skilled workforce by 2020, Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran will launch Skills Malaysia 2011, an initiative to raise awareness and showcase the vocational opportunities for students who have completed their SPM and upgrades for unskilled workers. This initiative is a component of the larger Entry Point Project on private skill training provision that is expected to generate RM2.1 billion in gross national income in 2020 and creating 12,400 jobs in the process.

Key to the success of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley NKEA is the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Talent Corporation Entry Point Projects. MRT will increase connectivity within the area which is critical for urban growth and improved productivity. The project will employ about 130,000 people at its peak construction phase, with a significant multiplier impact on associated industries. The investment of RM36.6 billion will see an incremental gross national income contribution of RM21.3 billion in 2020.

Meanwhile, Talent Corporation, a new government agency under the stewardship of Johan Mahmood Merican as the Chief Executive Officer, is tasked to strategise and implement initiatives to engage and attract the best talents required to fill the 3.3 million positions that will be created by the various National Key Economic Areas.

Guocoland Berhad will invest RM1.9 billion in an integrated development called DAMANSARA CITY 2 located in Pusat Bandar Damansara. Comprising two office blocks of 560,000 and 285,000 square feet each, 290,000 square feet in retail space as well as a 300-room hotel and a 260-unit serviced apartment block, this project is expected to be launched this year.

“By kick-starting these projects as well as the earlier announced projects, the economic effects will soon be tangible. We are completely focused on results and by delivering them, I hope to galvanise the majority of Malaysians who are believers and also convert the minority naysayers to join this cause. After all, this is a national transformation agenda and we must get everyone on board, in the true spirit of 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now,” said Najib.

-Ends-

About the Economic Transformation Programme

The Economic Transformation Programme is a focused, inclusive and sustainable initiative that will transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020. It is driven by 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs): Oil, Gas and Energy; Palm Oil; Financial Services; Wholesale and Retail; Tourism; Business Services; Electrical and Electronics; Communications Content and Infrastructure; Healthcare; Education; Agriculture; and Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley.

131 entry point projects (EPPs) have been clearly outlined within these sectors to grow our economy. These Entry Point Projects (EPPs) within the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) will lead Malaysia towards achieving a high-income nation status with a per capita income of RM48,000 (USD15,000) and create more than 3.3 million new jobs by 2020, throughout the country.

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