Malaysia has been ranked as the world’s 15th most efficient in government spending by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018.
What does it mean to the rakyat and the country?
Let us take a look.
The government cares for the welfare of the rakyat
The number one message that we get is that the government cares for the rakyat.
It does not spend unnecessarily and always have the interest of the rakyat at heart.
In the report, Malaysia even fared better than other European and Asian countries such as Finland, Norway, China and even Japan.
So what this means is that the government is always striving to do its best for the rakyat.
And it is doing better than the developed countries.
The government is filled with the best minds and talent
The recognition shows that the government is filled with the best minds.
The civil servants are always thinking on how to improve the livelihood of the rakyat.
They are always thinking for the rakyat.
The civil servants in the government are known to be highly qualified.
The diplomatic administration officer and the director generals and the ministers are always thinking on how to make things better for the rakyat.
The officers are trained from economics to human resource to management all aimed at improving the welfare of the rakyat.
Government always thinking about the rakyat’s future
This recognition shows that the government is always thinking about the future of the country.
The government has to spend while at the same time be as prudent as it can.
As an example, the late Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein came up with Felda.
Look at where Felda is now as the settlers all have land and a better life.
This shows that the government is efficient and always have the best interest of the rakyat in mind.
Government has its priorities right – spending on the economy
The government is efficient because it has its priorities right.
When the priorities are right, the money will be spent judiciously and not wasted.
Among the priorities are the economy and the government has spent all it can to strengthen the economy.
As an example, the government spends on the Rapid oil and gas project in Pengerang, Johor.
In the long run, our economy will be strong due to the Rapid project.
When the economy is efficient, the country will be able to earn an income for the rakyat.
Spending on higher training and education
The government is efficient as it spends on education and training.
This is very important as a good education is the first step to ensure a good workforce.
With an educated workforce, the rakyat will have skills.
With skills, the rakyat will be able to have good jobs.
This include doctors, engineers, architects, pilots and so many others.
In this way, the government has spent efficiently to produce a good work force.
An efficient public transportation system
Government is efficient because it spends on infrastructure such as roads, bridges and flyovers.
Government is also building the LRT, MRT and others.
This is important because with a good infrastructure, the rakyat can travel anywhere in the country.
With a good transportation system, the rakyat can go about with their business.
When their travelling is efficient, so will their productivity.
And this will be good for the economy.
A good healthcare system
Malaysia is also efficient because it has a good healthcare system and infrastructure.
Our healthcare services are easily available for all the rakyat.
When the rakyat is able to get good healthcare system, they will be healthy.
By being healthy, the rakyat will be able to work hard and be productive.
And the Malaysian economy is strong partly because the rakyat is healthy.
Malaysia is efficient because of our good financial system
Malaysia’s financial system is very developed and is at par with advanced countries.
The World Economic Forum report said Malaysia is third in the world for investor protection.
What it means is that investors will not lose their investments.
This is because Malaysia will protect their investments.
Our Securities Commission is developed and so is our Bursa Malaysia.
The banks and the companies are also very efficient.
Due to all this, Malaysia too has become efficient for the benefit of the rakyat.
Government agencies and instituions are also efficient
Malaysia is efficient because our institutions and agencies are also first class.
This include Employees Provident Fund, Permodalan Nasional Berhad.
Others include Lembaga Tabung Haji. Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen and others.
Due to these efficient institutions, the country is also efficient.
And in the end, it is the rakyat who benefits.