PUTRAJAYA, 27 July 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the lead ministers for the six national key results areas (NKRA).
He named Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the lead minister for widening access to quality and affordable education, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for crime prevention, and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz for fighting corruption.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is responsible for raising the living standard of low-income earners, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal for upgrading infrastructure in the rural and interior regions, and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat for improving public transportation in a moderate period of time.
Najib made the announcement when addressing a gathering of civil service officers at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
The prime minister had announced the six NKRA at the “100 Days of Najib with the People” function in Kuala Lumpur on 11 July.
“Today, I will attach KPIs to the six national key results areas (NKRA). There will be KPIs for each of the six NKRA with specific targets for evaluation.
“These KPIs will help streamline all procedures and pool all resources in an organisation, and all efforts will be focused on achieving the targets in a reasonable period of time,” Najib said.
He said the government was committed to implementing transformation through achievement-based management by using the NKRA method and KPI evaluation.
“All these are being done to ensure that in the final analysis it is the people who will derive the benefits,” he said.
Najib said that as the prime minister he would assume overall responsibility for the NKRA objectives and attainment of the KPIs.
“I will meet with the lead ministers every week to evaluate the attainment of the established KPIs. This means that every six weeks, I will be able to complete one round of evaluation of the achievement for the six NKRA as scheduled,” he said.
In this connection, he said, the other members of the cabinet not involved in the NKRA would not be exempted from the KPIs because they would be responsible for the KPIs of their respective ministries which he, as the prime minister, would evaluate every six months.
Najib acknowledged that the NKRA and the KPIs were not something new but that the initiative’s breadth and depth, emphasised by the present administration, were unprecedented and served as the latest benchmark.
He also said that on the matter of “cross-fertilisation” which he had referred to when opening a meeting of civil service officers, 20 government staff and 20 staff of government-linked companies (GLCs) had been identified to be emplaced in the programme scheduled to begin on 1 Sept.
Najib said that as the head of the government, he realised that it would be the people who would evaluate his leadership.
“I am aware that what has been underscored today is something monumental. It involves deep commitment and heavy demand on the part of members of the administration and civil service staff collectively.
“Clearly, the trust you have placed in the head of the administration is not something easy and, in return, I am responsible in doing things right although it is difficult.
“Evidently, we do not have an option; we either progress with full confidence or we take the risk of being left behind in the stiff global race,” he said. — Bernama