MPs endorse 11MP midterm review

By P PREM KUMAR & ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By BERNAMA

The midterm review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) has received support from lawmakers from both political divides.

Newly elected Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was “moved” by the plan as it showed Pakatan Harapan administration’s commitment to reforming the country.

“This is a welcomed plan that reflects the commitment of Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Pakatan Harapan government in keeping to its main promise, which is to reform Malaysia from the judiciary right down to public services.

“I am very moved by the commitment shown to lead the country with a solid programme. This is something that the people look forward to and it can uplift the dignity of the people and country,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said despite the restricted timeline, the three-year plan is achievable.

“I don’t think it is overambitious. We have discussed with all the ministers, we have deliberated the proposals in the Cabinet and have received the consent of the PM as well as
relevant authorities.

“With the mandate given by the Cabinet, all ministers will be able to conduct and complete within the stipulated period of time,” he said.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad gave some insights on some of the plans that will be rolled out by his ministry over the period, which include the introduction of a national health financing scheme.

The health financing scheme could be a hybrid of existing health insurance schemes implemented globally, Dr Dzulkefly said.

“Certainly, it will be a health scheme that will be better than the primary care programme under Skim Peduli Sihat Selangor. This will be the federal government’s health protection scheme for the bottom 40% (B40) income group.

“It is in the pipeline. We are also preparing the framework for a national health financing scheme. I will not say if it is voluntary health insurance or social health insurance, but it will be somewhere between the two, a hybrid model, that will be suitable for Malaysians from all walks of life.”

Former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak also expressed his support for the new government’s emphasis on good governance, as well regulating political funding.

“In principle, I agree with the emphasis made on good governance and to regulate political funding. The plan to administer political funding had already been mooted by the previous government under the National Transformation Plan, but the then-Opposition disagreed to it.

“But now that there is an emphasis, I welcome a political funding process that is transparent and just,” he said.

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