THE Perak Sejahtera Development Plan 2030, launched yesterday, outlines five strategic thrusts to determine the direction of the state government’s administration.
Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad (picture) said the five main thrusts were balanced socio-economic and physical development, smart partnership, sustainable use of natural resources, efficient service delivery system, and quality and high-value expertise.
“The first strategic thrust is the state government’s commitment to providing and enhancing infrastructure facilities in the urban and rural areas, taking into consideration the strengths of each area and district to achieve inclusiveness,” he said.
Sararani cited highway projects as high-impact ones which could contribute to corridor development along the routes or highways built, while directly impacting the residents and indirectly contributing to the state’s economic development,” he added in his speech when launching the development plan yesterday.
The second strategic thrust is making smart partnership an approach to driving the state’s development involving cooperation between the government and private sector, covering infrastructure development, the economy, social aspect, housing and tourism.
Saarani said the initiative would not only push up productivity, but could also drive economic growth and strengthen fiscal position so that the state government’s allocations were always sufficient to support economic expansion.
On the third strategic thrust, he said the state government viewed seriously the issue of striking a balance between harnessing natural resources and their sustainable usage.
The country’s wealth, people’s wellbeing and environmental sustainability are the three main components to be taken into consideration for each development project.
“The lack of technology and expertise in the mineral industry has resulted in Malaysia focusing only on the extraction of these natural resources and export in their raw form,” he noted.
Saarani said the problem of bureaucracy had also hampered the government’s delivery system, hence, having a negative impact as the government was viewed as failing to provide efficient and effective services to the people.
“The lack of digital infrastructure, a closed work culture, being rigid, having a silo mentality and lack of information or data coordination among the agencies involved are some of the issues often raised by the public.
“Therefore, the state government needs to draw up new approaches in service delivery to ensure the systems are in tandem with the people’s wants and the economic changes and technological developments taking place,” he added.
Saarani said the Perak government would be introducing certain incentives to attract young experts to return to the state, besides renewing the existing work ecosystem to meet the need for skilled high-value manpower.
“Perak has produced highly-trained manpower in various fields. Unfortunately, many have chosen to serve outside the state due to the lesser career prospects and jobs that match their interests, expertise and salary expectations,” he added.