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Thursday, May 8, 2014

We will face economic squeeze if we don't change, says PM

Published: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM 
Updated: Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 7:09:42 AM
Time for a selfie: Najib posing for a photograph with a woman at Dewan
Wawasan Kubang Pasu in Jitra after attending the national-level Civil Servants Labour Day celebrations.
JITRA: The Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will be implemented on April 1 next year, will secure the country’s future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Government, he said, needed to act rationally and not based on emotions.

“If we think rationally, we understand that every government policy is for the people’s benefit. Don’t expect results in one or two days – you sow the seeds today, you expect the fruit tomorrow,” he said when launching the Civil Service Labour Day celebration at Wawasan Hall here yesterday.

Najib said that while civil servants gathered here in a peaceful and rational manner to celebrate Labour Day, there were groups holding a protest based on their emotions against the GST in Kuala Lumpur.

The people, he added, should understand the Government’s intention in undertaking changes and transformation.

“If we don’t change, we will face an economic squeeze and bring suffering to the people.”

As an example, Najib pointed out that if civil servants wanted an increase in salary or allowances, they would have to first increase the country’s income.

He also said that the Government had no plans to reduce the size of the civil service, which currently numbers about 1.5 million.

Giving his commitment, Najib said the Government was not like the Opposition, which proposed to get rid of half of the civil servants should it come into power.

“The Government of today does not have any such proposal,” he said.

Meanwhile, the civil servants here have been given a boost with the announcement that 1,000 affordable housing units would be built for them in Bukit Tinggi, Pokok Sena.

“We fully understand the need for the people to be able to afford their own homes, so that is why Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir requested for an affordable housing project for civil servants,” said Najib.

He later announced that 20 haemodialysis machines would be installed at the Alor Setar Hospital.

Present were Mukhriz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal and Cuepacs president Azih Muda.

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