TN50 officially dismantled but some aspirations remain alive

By P PREM KUMAR & ALIFAH ZAINUDDIN / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The National Transformation 2050 (TN50) programme, which was created to allow younger Malaysians to have a say in how Malaysia should be shaped in the next three decades, has been dismantled, but relevant recommendations will be acted upon by the new government.

TN50, which was the brainchild of former Barisan Nasional (BN) government, gathered thousands of thoughts from Malaysians on how they want the country to progress by 2050.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (picture) said selected aspirations collected from the over 130 TN50 engagements held nationwide, have been disseminated to the respective ministries for further actions.

Syed Saddiq said the Cabinet had tasked the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) to segregate the aspirations and  channelled them to the respective ministries.

“What the Cabinet had decided is that the EPU will dissect TN50…the ones which are related to my ministry will be sent to my ministry and those that are related to other ministries will be sent to the respective ministries.

“The final part of TN50 was completed even before we came into power via TN50 Youth Canvas,” he told The Malaysian Reserve in an interview recently.

Syed Saddiq said TN50, as an initiative, was beneficial in gathering the ideas and aspirations of local youths. He said although the previous government should not have spent “tens of millions in branding” for TN50, the Pakatan Harapan government will take the opinions of the youths and work towards translating their aspirations.

“The canvas had some really good ideas and we have taken them into account. We’ve discussed it at Cabinet and it involves all ministries.

“I think the essential part (of TN50) was listening to the young people. (But) we don’t have to spend tens of millions in branding, which TN50 did,” Syed Saddiq said.

The minister said the current government does not subscribe to glamourous programmes and brands like TN50, but the leaders would continue to consult young people.

“We are not just consulting them, but empowering them at the decision-making table and making sure that the youth’s angle is not left out.”

The TN50 was launched by the BN government as a roadmap policy which sought to chart the nation’s path towards 2050 by seeking input from various youth communities. TN50 also aimed for Malaysia to become a top 20 country in the world by 2050.

Last year, Malaysia was ranked at No 60 GDP per capita, 47th in the Earth Happiness Index and 35th in the Global Innovation Index.

The TN50 programme, spearheaded by then-Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, saw a series of roadshows and more than 130 dialogues held across the country. The discussions covered a broad range of topics such as politics, education, housing, jobs, social welfare and others.

The dialogues were attended by more than 100,000 youths and compiled more than 60,000 unique aspirations. The aspirations were meant to be compiled as a “foundation-document” that would be used to chart Malaysia’s policies and priorities.

Following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th General Election last May, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had announced the review of all existing policies including TN50 and the National Blue Ocean Strategy.