Sunday, July 12, 2009

100-Day "Gift" From The PM

A Kadir Jasin

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PRIME Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, who celebrated his 100th day in office yesterday, announced a slew of measures as a gift to the people.

He also pledged to take drastic measures to fight crime and corruption.

Among other things, according to media reports, he announced a 20-percent discount for frequent pre-paid toll users and up to 70 percent reduction for driving license fees for motorcycle riders.

Other measures include:

1. Priority to tenants in the Federal Territory to buy the 44,000-housing units on offer;

2. Small traders and vendors in the Federal Territory will be given a 50-percent discount for their fee renewals.

He said, an appeal for the licence fee to be reduced was made at a function he attended with the Federation of Malay Hawkers and Petty Traders Associations of Malaysia in Tanjung Karang, Selangor, last month.;

3. RM150 million will be allocated to Tabung Ekonomi Kumpulan Usaha Niaga (Tekun) and RM15 million to young Indian entrepreneurs;

4. More taxi permits to be issued. As of now there are 70,000 individual taxi permits and 3,000 more permits will be approved in the next three months;

5. Drastic measures to be taken to fight crime and corruption, the details of which will be revealed at the end of this month;

6. Overcoming the birth certificates issue in Sabah and Sarawak. Since 2005, Sabah has 36,000 applications and 92 percent of which have been approved. Sarawak has 19,000 applications and 80 percent of which have also been approved;

7. As of last month, 46 percent out of 34,000 delayed citizenship applications had been resolved. The rest will be resolved by year’s end;

8. More roads will be built in Sabah and Sarawak during the 10th Malaysian Plan;

9. Water and electricity supplies in Sabah and Sarawak will also be improved, details of which will be announced at the end of this month;

10. Some 20,000 family members of urban hardcore poor will be given 10,000 houses under Skim Amanah Saham Wawasan trust fund; and

11. A new RM10-billion “1Malaysia Trust Fund” will be launched and is open to Malaysians aged 18 years and above.

These and the hints that more good things are to come were made at a gathering of about 3,000 – including school children -- at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

The announcements were in addition to the larger measures like opening up of the banking sector, the abandonment of the Bumiputera shareholding requirement for new IPOs and for 27 sub-sectors of the services industry, the abandonment of the teaching of science and mathematics in schools in English and the proposal to build a third bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore, which he had announced earlier.

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