Time to evaluate the NKRA
Time to evaluate the NKRA
By AZMAN ANUAR
AFTER almost eights of the Federal Gvernment under leadership and administration of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Key Performance Index (KPI) of the Cabinet ministers is being awaited by the people. Whether the ministers are veterans, a two term minister or only eight months, they will be evaluated by the people come Friday.
Since the first day Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over as the country's premier, he is committed to overcome problems facing the country and the people.
Even though Sunday is a weekend, but yesterday, the Prime Minister still made time to hear briefings by ministers concerned on the six areas contained in the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).
Najib said he was happy with the high commitment shown by the Cabinet members to realise the government's agenda.
Last April 28, the Prime Minister announced that the KPI would be the standard for the government's administrative procedures. The government's intention to make changes and transform the country can be realised through a leadership based on performance.
As a government which emphasised on upholding of the principles of responsibiity for the people, Najib braved himself to to decide on the six NKRA areas and the KPI which his Cabinet ministers have to achieve within a stipulated period.
The focus given for upgrading of the people's standard of living will yield positive effects within the stipulated period s everyone begins to feel the hard work of the country's leadership.
The NKRA emphasises by Najib shows the commitment of the government under his leadership to ensure appropriate action being taken to develop the country and the people. The crime rate, problems on integrity, education issues, the people's livelihood, infrastructure and public transportation are problems which the Prime Minister is hoping to solve phase by phase.
Although six senior ministers are entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the success of the NKRA which is implemented with the support of the KPI, it does not mean that other ministers are not involved. In fact the ministers, and their ministries, are not exempted from having their own KPI and will be evaluated by the Prime Minister every six months.
Indeed, implementation of the NKRA needs commitment, efforts and cooperation from all cabinet ministers to ensure all the areas which concern the people's interests at the respective ministries have to be harnessed.
For sure the people will stand to reap huge benefits from NKRA if civil servants and the government's administrative members, right from the lowest level to the ministers, have high level of commitment.
What is implemented by Najib and his Cabinet is a mandate and responsibility to see the process of transforming the people's livelihood can be upgraded.
Hence, efforts to see NKRA and KPI successful, in a way that it reaches the people, whether in the town or remotes areas, requires continues efforts by the government machinery .
That is why, Najib, himself, is willing to go down to the field several times to obtain feedback and the latest development from every lead minister who are entrusted to evaluate the KPI.
Actually, the essence of the NKRA is to focus of results to restore the people's confidence on efforts to enhance the government's administration. The reason being that the country's leadership does not want to be seen as only playing with slogans and rhetorics.
Instead, they are expected to keep promises. Furthermore, now the people are more critical in making evaluation of anything done by the government.
This Thursday, at the Sunway Convention Centre,the six lead ministers will table their respective NKRA to community representatives and non-governmental organisations. On Friday, it will be the people's turn to hear the evaluation and exchange views with the lead ministers.
The success will differentiate between the promises made by the Barisan Nasional government and the opposition pact. Normally, the opposition only make promises, but never fulfill them.
This means ministers who are chosen to lead the NKRA have to realise that they cannot fail and have to work very hard to ensure the desired KPI is achieved.
The evaluation of the KPI at all levels will bring Malaysia to a higher level.
We hope that the latest by 2012, all the Prime Minister's suggestions for the KPI will be achieved. The success of the 28 ministries depend on the leadership of the agencies or ministries, from the ministers and the secretaries-general.
This will place the Cabinet ministers on their toes all the time. There are weekly and monthly targets to meet. This is implemented to show hoe serious the government at achieving the targets.
Deputy Dean, Centre of Social Science Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Dr Sivamurugan Pandian opined that Najib shouldered a huge responsibility to ensure all the six areas of the NKRA are achieved. All these also depend on the Cabinet lineup, the ministries, agencies at the federal and state levels.
More than that, the commitment of the leaders to set aside their personal interests and readiness to to tell the Prime Minister the truth for the sake of the country's interests, harmony and peace. The NKRA will be achieved if everyone plays their respective role and ready to admits mistakes by being less defensive and giving priority to the people.
The Cabinet line-up has no choice, but to double their efforts and performance to implement the six areas in NKRA. The lead ministers have vowed to give their attention to efforts to implement NKRA.
For example, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is determined to overcome street crimes, citizenship issues, as well as entry permits.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin promised to accomplish the sale of 44,000 units of the People's Housing Programme in the capital last November and the Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal is working hard to ensure residents in Sabah and Sarawak are able to get water and electricity supply.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz pledged to focus on eliminating corruption in the society. The emphasis and commitment of the Prime Minister to personally monitor the progress of all the ministries every six months is an important move to address the people's dissatisfaction on the performance of the ministers and some public servants.
It cannot be denied that the people's hope and expectation for Najib;s administration is very high and has become a responsibility for the new administration to prove its performance and produce an efficient services based on integrity and excellence.
This means each and every member of the Cabinet is shouldering a heavy task in realising the assurance and commitment of the new administration. All NKRA are directly involved with the people's live. For certain, the people will be the judge in determining whether the six areas in the NKRA are a success or otherwise.
The Cabinet minister have shown their commitment to achieve the KPI which is a transformation for the government's service, The KPI is introduced in the Cabinet to monitor the performance and achievements of the ministers as a sign of the government reform and approach of being more responsible, focus and giving priority to the people.
Whatever, Najib's Cabinet and members of his administration have to approach and be close to the people to understand their needs, as well as to take action to restore the people's confidence in them.