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Transforming Malaysia through productivity and innovation

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) is introducing a variety of programmes, seminars and systems- development opportunities to improve productivity and competitiveness through innovation. “We are still a middle-income country, and we need to push ourselves up,” explains Mr Razali. excellence for improved quality of life for all Malaysians. “It is not just enough to have knowledge and skill,” says Mr Razali, “you also need to address the mindset of people. Our Business Enabling Skills Training (BEST) programme addresses how employees communicate and solve problems.” Malaysia currently is one of the leading nations in the region in terms of productivity growth, thanks in large part to organisations like MPC. “Our research on total-factor productivity shows that training and education are the components the country should emphasise to increase its productivity.” ‘We have many initiatives linking productivity to wages to help people at all levels improve their competitiveness’ MPC aims to be the leading organisation in productivity enhancement for global competitiveness and innovation. “We have many initiatives linking productivity to wages to help people at all levels improve their productivity and competitiveness,” explains Mr Razali. The organisation delivers high-impact services towards achieving performance

“The message that I would like to share with the world,” concludes Mr Razali, “is that we have people with the ‘right mindset’. We would certainly like to catch up with the high-income economies in terms of productivity levels and wealth generation.”

Mohd Razali Hussain, Director General of Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

4 World Report

1Malaysia: by appreciating each other’s culture, a sense of national pride is being engendered here that celebrates unity with diversity to make the nation stronger

‘We identify ourselves as Malaysians first’

Ethnic harmony, national unity and efficient governance at the core of society

MALAYSIA’S RICH ethnic composition gives the country one of its most treasured assets: its culture. Unifying such a diverse society has been an objective of every prime minister since the Federation of Malaya gained independence from the UK in 1957 and later evolved as Malaysia in 1963. In his speech on assuming of- fice as president of UMNO, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia and the “Father of Independence” Tunku Abdul Rahman Pu- tra Al-Haj said, “We have lived for 200 years with others, and we have lived at peace with them all. There has never been any clash between the races in Malaya.”

This spirit of solidity continues today with the 1Malaysia project, an ongoing nation-building campaign announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2008 and launched last year. National unity, ethnic tolerance, and gov- ernment efficiency form the foundations of the 1Malaysia concept. The aim is to mould and nurture a sense of belonging and national pride among all Malaysians through arts, culture and heritage. It en- courages citizens to identify themselves as Malaysian first, followed by their In- dian, Chinese or Malay ethnicity.

A platform for open, public dialogue, the 1Malaysia campaign is also making extensive use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to disseminate its message.

Spearheading the promotion of the 1Malaysia project is Dato' Seri Utama

Dr Rais Yatim, Minister of Information, Communication and Culture. “We need to be seen as concrete in our approach towards nation building, where the Chi- nese can feel that they are equally as part of Malaysia as Malays, Indians, Kadazans, Dusuns or the tribes in Borneo,” he says. “We have only been independent for 52 years, which is not very long. With 1Malaysia we can see concrete results. Now in government we are introducing the importance of the five [national] prin- ciples, or Rukun Negara: belief in what- ever god you believe in; loyalty to coun- try and the Agong, our Supreme Ruler; belief in the sanctity of the federal con- stitution; respect for the law of the land; and to give due credit and follow the so- cial pattern of all the communities. These five pillars fit in very well with 1Malaysia.”

The ministry has also been effective in promoting ICT culture as a way of life for everyone, or in Malay, “Merakyatkan ICT”. In developing the national content policy and accelerating broadband take- up, the ministry has had to look at im- proving speed, quality and content for broadband and reducing costs, as well as reviewing the performance of service providers.

Its efforts are being rewarded with en- couraging results as last year the min- istry succeeded in beating its target of achieving 30 per cent household broad- band penetration and it is on track to reach 50 per cent by the end of 2010. ‚óŹ

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