BERNAMA NEWS: Chief Secretary: Mindset and attitude central to country\'s success

28 May 2010, Comments 0

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 :Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said today the utmost essence to the success of the Government Transformation Plan (GTP) is the mindset and cultural change of the people.
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He said the mindset and attitude of Malaysians would also determine the future success of the government, because although the government could set visions and policies, it was society in its collective vehicle that could deliver it.

It would be naive to even suggest that by virtue of the blueprints of the plans and commitments set out by the government, the country will be a developed country by a certain timeline.

GTP is only an engine. So is the 10th Malaysia Plan, so is the New Economic Model.

All of these initiatives must see a corresponding mindset and cultural change in our society, he said in his keynote address at the national conference on Improving Accountability and Public Service Management Efficiency here.

The one-day event was organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia(UTM) Institute Sultan Iskandar (ISI)

Sidek also stressed that Malaysians must not be complacent with what they have achieved but to continue setting new benchmarks.

This was important as the world today was malleable and fluid to the surrounding environment, he said.

We must never begin to think that we have arrived, for when we start thinking so, the seeds of arrogance and complacency will seep into our minds, our way of life, our society.

Our own attitudes to work and life will define where and how far our country can go,he added.

He said the people must also be agile enough to adapt, adjust, adopt and rise to the occasion as well as move beyond comfort zones and always push the limits.

We can no longer live on the philosophy of leave me alone or Live and let live. To make it collectively as a nation, we must today live by the motto \’Live and help live.

In this regard, Sidek called for co-operation from all sectors in society to work together.

If we want to be relevant, and continue to be relevant, we have simply got to be extraordinary and unusual.

Ultimately, we can only be so if the people want to make it so. Governments and markets cannot do it singularly. Media and NGOs must assume their due roles in nation building too for the collective good of all, he added.:Bernama

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