Dissecting the ETP Annual Report (Part 6): Recommendations for Pemandu

(Also published on The Malaysian Insider)

Is asking for a few more facts and some additional background too much? Pemandu has accused us of “nit-picking” and not providing alternatives. That conveniently shifts the focus to other issues while Pemandu ignores our very pertinent questions and suggestions. We summarise here three recommendations, and remind Pemandu of the positive outcomes of our nit-picking.

Recommendation #1: Be clear about targets, data and methodology.

Pemandu now has three different targets for national income by 2020. Please be clear, so we can all work towards the same ultimate target. Also, Pemandu should declare now its GNI, investment and job creation targets for 2012 and 2013. This is to prevent a repeat of the discrepancies surrounding 2011, when its `targets’ were declared only after the actual numbers were out.

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Malaysia safest country in South-East Asia. Really?

(Also published on Malaysiakini)

The issue of crime, especially in the urban areas, has once again surfaced as a hot political issue.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted as saying that the fear of crime is a result of ‘public perception’ while Pemandu chief executive officer Idris Jala was reported as having asked the media to focus more on the crimes that have been solved, rather than those which have been committed.

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Dissecting the ETP Annual Report (Part 5): The EPPs do not seem to be creating high-income jobs

(Also published on The Malaysian Insider)

Capital intensity is very low in the ETP so far. An increasing level of capital investment per employee (CIPE) is an essential part of economic development. Higher CIPE usually translates into higher salaries due to the higher skills and productivity associated with working with more efficient machines and technology. Therefore, the ETP is expected to have high CIPE.

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