KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Khazanah Nasional had been assigned to assist the government in drawing up a Key Performance Index (KPI) system within the next one month.
The first evaluation on the performance of all ministers and ministries would be carried out in November this year, he said at a press conference, here today.
Najib said he had already held a meeting with Khazanah Nasional Bhd managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar to ensure that there was adequate manpower to implement the formulation of the KPI within the period stipulated.
“All ministers will have their performance evaluated within the next six months and I have fixed November for the evaluation process on each minister and ministry,” he said.
He said the KPI system would also involve the distribution of functions to the deputy ministers in an orderly manner where each deputy minister would be assigned a specific task so that they could contribute in whatever action carried out by the government.
When announcing his new cabinet line-up on 9 April, Najib said the KPI approach would be introduced to monitor the performance and achievements of his cabinet members to reflect transformation and a more responsible and focused government with priority given to the people’s well-being.
Najib said the KPI evaluation system was not merely to monitor the performance of the ministers but “it was also a way of helping the ministers in case they faced obstacles as a result of decisions made by the other ministries”.
“So, we can use the evaluation process to overcome the obstacles in terms of implementation and achievements of their ministries,” he said.
When asked what would happen if the performance of the ministers and ministries were dissatisfactory in November, Najib said: “I believe the ministers are aware that the future of the government depends on their performance based on the KPI.
“And they know that they must be serious in whatever tasks they are doing. So, I’m convinced that they are capable of discharging the responsibilities assigned to them,” he added. — Bernama