KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — MADANI Economy, the latest economic framework announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today which aimed at boosting the Malaysian economy, will have revenue spillover to the people to enable them to enjoy a better quality of life.
Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, said the announcement on the MADANI Economy: Empowering the People’ initiave is a comprehensive plan for Malaysia to address various challenges and issues related to its competitiveness and investment attractions, as well as outlining actions to address current issues that affect people’s lives.
“It is about elevating the status and dignity of our nation, with two main focuses; restructuring the economy towards making Malaysia a leading Asian economy, and ultimately providing the people with the benefits to enjoy a better quality of life,” he said at the launched of the initiative here today.
He said the MADANI Economy initiative sets seven key performance indicators as medium-term targets to be achieved within a period of 10 years.
The seven indicators are Malaysia being in the top 30 of the world’s largest economies; top 12 in the Global Competitiveness Index; labour income constitutes 45 per cent of total income; women participation in the labour force reaches 60 per cent; top 25 in Human Development Index; top 25 in Corruption Perception Index; and fiscal sustainability with a fiscal deficit of three per cent or lower.
While emphasizing the importance of the equitable distribution of the nation’s future revenues to low and middle-income groups, Anwar said that the economic structural reforms should aim to create more meaningful job opportunities, ensure equal opportunities, and establish a social protection network for all.
It is also intended to enable the implementation of healthcare service reforms, education and human resource reforms, provision of infrastructure and public transportation, and accessibility to basic facilities and affordable housing for all.
The Prime Minister said the government will also implement policies supporting an increase in wages relative to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to reach 45 per cent to be at par with the rates in developed countries.
Among the efforts towards achieving these goals include a review of the minimum wage and the introduction of laws that guarantee a conducive work environment while reducing reliance on low-skilled foreign labour.
“The government intends to implement tiered foreign worker levies, where a portion of the levy increase will be allocated to automation programmes and training for local workers,” he said.
Anwar said to ensure social justice and equal opportunities, the government will prioritise the underprivileged and low-income groups, especially in the provision of scholarships and full-boarding education.
“I firmly believe that only through quality education can the people break free from the poverty trap,” he said.
He said the government will also implement an industrial policy based on geography, that is specialising activities and investments according to regions to reduce the development gap between regions and between developed and less developed states.
These efforts include developing the Klang Valley to enhance liveability, revitalising Kuala Lumpur as a modern tourist attraction, and strengthening the development of Iskandar Malaysia in Johor.