22-Day Countdown to 13GE – Najib deserves an “F” in his National Transformation Program (NTP) report card for failing to acknowledge, much less tackle the issues of Corruption, Crime and Education

Najib released his National Transformation Program (NTP) Report Card yesterday evening in his ‘State of the Union’ address that was broadcast live on mainstream media and also online. To no one’s surprise, he gave himself top marks in both the Government Transformation Program (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Program (ETP).

Nearly all of the KPIs set were met, if not surpassed, in each of the National Key Results Areas (NKRAs) and the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).

But to borrow a phrase from a popular author, there are ‘lies, damned lies, and KPIs’.

If we compare the stellar achievements of Najib’s report card in just three areas – Corruption, Crime and Education – to reality and also other more credible evidence, we are left with no choice but to give Najib an “F” for his NTP Report Card.

The Anti-Corruption NKRA achieved an unbelievable 97% score (out of 100%). Such a high score makes a mockery of the widespread perception that the BN government has failed miserably in walking the walk.

This absurd score must not have taken into account Malaysia’s world leading worst ranking in the 2012 Bribe Payer’s Survey where 50% of respondents in the country acknowledged that their company has failed to win a contract or gain new business because a competitor has paid a bribe. Our top rank put us ahead of countries such as Nigeria (24%) and China (27%).

For one of the components of this NKRA – the number of people in the database of convicted offenders – a score of 132% was achieved because 395 offenders were included in this database compared to the target of 300.

And yet, those who are guilty of grand corruption on a massive scale are left to roam and worse yet, allowed to continue to plunder the country and abuse their power.

No one captures this phenomenon more than the Chief Minister of Sarawak who has ruled the state for 32 years and counting.

Despite the many calls, both domestically and internationally, for our country’s anti-corruption agency to conduct a comprehensive investigation into his assets and finances; despite the fact that some sources, such as the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), have listed Taib’s wealth at US$15b (RM45b) which would make him the richest person in Malaysia; our Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) still refuses to prosecute Taib for corruption.

The recent explosive allegations revealed in a ‘sting’ operation by international NGO, Global Witness, have once again put the spotlight on Taib and his cronies but needless to say, our toothless MACC, together with our even more toothless Prime Minister, who signed the Transparency International Malaysia’s Elections Integrity Pact with Taib looking over his shoulder, will do nothing to get to the bottom of this international scandal.

The Reducing Crime NKRA achieved equally ‘astounding’ results.

Overall crime has apparently been reduced by 27% over the past 3 years, Street crime has fallen by a whopping 41% over the same time period and the fear of becoming a victim of crime has also apparently fallen by an eye popping 57%.

But despite these seemingly significantly improvements in the Reducing Crime KPIs, there have not been any reports of even one neighbourhood in the Klang Valley which feels safe enough to stop operating private security guards in that particular area as a result of these improvements.

Doubts about whether crime has genuinely been reduced have not been assuaged by serious accusations that the Police have deliberately fudged crime statistics by shifting reports of crime from index to non-index crimes in order to meet their GTP KPIs.

And the Home Minister and the Police have not shown any degree of transparency by not releasing detailed breakdown of these crime statistics by district and by type of crime.

The PDRM annual report, which gives detailed crime statistics, was discontinued after the start of the GTP, perhaps in fear that the fudging of crime statistics would come to light.

Even the former IGP, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, has called on the PDRM and on the Home Ministry to publicly disclose all the relevant crime statistics so that the people can get a more accurate picture of the crime situation in the country and see where the reduction in these crimes have decreased.

It is laughable and disgraceful that Najib’s report card still uses rankings such as the Global Peace Index (which includes items such as defense spending and the presence of wars) to try to ‘convince’ us that Malaysia is ranked as the safest and most peaceful nation in Southeast Asia.

Under the Improving Student Outcomes NKRA, 10 out of 11 KPIs were achieved with a score above 90%. The % of Band 6 and 7 schools (the worst performing schools) were decreased by 43.6% (compared to a target of 20%) and the % of Band 1 and 2 schools (the best performing schools) were increased from 27% (compared to a target of 8%).

But these achievements fly in the face of Malaysia’s world leading fall in the International Mathematics & Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 rankings as well as scores. Malaysia fell being in 10th position in 2003 to 20th in 2007 and to 26th in the recently released 2011 results for Math scores. Malaysia also fell from 20th in 2003 to 21st in 2007 and then to the 32nd position in 2011 for Science scores.

Malaysia also had the ignominy for suffering the largest falls in the Math and Science scores across all content domains (together with Jordan).

Such a result would have led to the resignation or the sacking of any Education Minister in any normal democratic country but here in Malaysia, the Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yasin, has not even acknowledged this problem, much less try to find ways to address this serious decline in our education standards.

Not surprisingly, the drastic fall in our TIMSS scores are not even mentioned in Najib’s Report Card.

There is a saying that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

In our case, we have a Prime Minister who not only fails to acknowledge our past and current mistakes, he takes pride, assurance and comfort in giving himself high marks for achieving KPIs which are set and measured by his own government and government agencies.

Any rational person who evaluates just these three NKRAs would find the record of Najib’s government deeply and tragically flawed.

The only way for Najib and the BN to truly learn their lesson would be for the people of Malaysia to vote them out of government so that they can see what honest and efficient delivery will be like under a Pakatan Rakyat government.

While we cannot promise an immediate “A”, we are confident that we can perform significantly better than Najib’s “F” in not just these three NKRAs but also in all other aspects of governing and governance.

(Media Statement in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, 20th March 2013)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 7:42 am

    My boss told me, Bank Negara says inflation is about 1.5%, so my pay increase 3% means I am ahead by 100%..

    Where is my 49% increase in paycheck?

  2. #2 by cseng on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:43 am

    This is how KPI works? You prepare the question, you answer it, your mark it, you give the results to your answers. Self directed, self perfomed, self appraised movie.

    If corruptions, abuses, ceimes, are key problems to m’sia, then KPI scorings are tragedy.

  3. #3 by cseng on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:47 am

    Najib, just leaved those scoring for the rakyat, if you dare, just make it a referendum during 13GE…

  4. #4 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:47 am

    As usual. A grand display of public orgy by Jib & gang and umno & crooks.

  5. #5 by SENGLANG on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 9:11 am

    Not a single day go by with out the lies from BN to insult the people intelligence. This much that BN can offer the people at their last few days hanging on an illegal government.

    No a single day go by with out the hollow 1 Malaysia slogan as seem that the greatest advertisement show on earth is on show now.

    Why should they afraid of going back to the people to seek another term is what they claimed are truths?

  6. #6 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 9:33 am

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha……ha, ha, ha, ha, ha……

    Does Rosmah think she can keep all those expensive jewellery given by foreign governments?

    Ha, ha, ha,…. ahem.. It belongs to the archives of the PM’s Office and not to her personally.

    Thank you, auntie Rosmah, for being a nice model for the jewellery!

  7. #7 by Dap man on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 9:45 am

    That is how our schools and universities give a pass to those who score ‘F’.

  8. #8 by balance88 on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 10:30 am

    It is common knowledge that figures can be window dressed. Just ask the accountants and scientists who does clinical trials. Its all a numbers game. Just increase or decrease the sample size or re-define some parameters here and there and bingo, you have got a beautiful set of results.

    Unfortunately, those figures are flashed not for people like you and me who can see through it. The report is meant for the kampung folks and other people with minimal education and simple minds because these are the people residing in areas which gives them the parliamentary seats that more than counter the urban seats and thus, retain power.

    So, it is tough for PR to win GE13.

  9. #9 by ahkmlog on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 11:02 am

    We have for so long being under their rule and thumb. Since 2008 tsunami, part of our lost pride has been restored. Come GE13, we should ensure that it be fully restored with a new govt whom will take our country to greater heights.

  10. #10 by boh-liao on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 11:25 am

    An “F” – What kind of F is dis? How MANY letters?

  11. #11 by assamlaksa on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 4:03 pm

    My neighbour’s house just got buglared and the police says can’t find any finger-prints closed the case.

  12. #12 by tuahpekkong on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 5:38 pm

    “The Anti-Corruption NKRA achieved an unbelievable 97% score (out of 100%).” That would mean out of 100 people who were corrupted, 97% were caught and charged. Is this really the case? I still remember that the Auditor General had highlighted quite a lot of irregularities in the implementation of Government projects and in the procurement of equipment over the past couple of years. Has the MACC forgotten everything about the reports? If we really achieved 97% score, our corruption perception index would be the highest in the world, beating even Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, the three countries with the highest score in the world at 90 points. During the 70s and 80s, crime mostly occurred in the big towns. Nowadays, crime is a common sight even in the small towns.
    “Under the Improving Student Outcomes NKRA, 10 out of 11 KPIs were achieved with a score above 90%.” This is meaningless when we don’t even have a University ranked in the top 400 of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2012/13.

  13. #13 by boh-liao on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Either NR n UmnoB/BN’s standard VERY LOW (mayb 10% = high distinction) or they had manipulated a low score (like 10%) 2 a high score (like 97%)
    If d latter, NR deserves PUBLIC CANING lor 4 blatant CHEATING n lying 2 rakyat n d world

  14. #14 by tak tahan on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 7:41 pm

    Why on earth must we deserve such a pain in the a…ss PeeMan? The supposed chosen one some more,walau eh,beh tahan la.Ok mai kong cheh liau,next time,in order not to change this fool for another fool to lead us and nation,lets ABU.

  15. #15 by john on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 8:26 pm

    What ! gave him “F”, Rather MUST be given A Public Canning For “HoodWink / A Rascal”.
    Where got a student sitting for a exam, get to set his own questions, mark his own paper and give himself the marks ! No Brainer, exactly like the way he kept on asking (during PSY big fiasco in Pg.) even when the first reply was a BIG NO !
    May if “F” stands for FOOLS ! for C4, then.
    All Sandiwara, wasted abused our resources, monies, time,,,,,and, at the end try to hoodwink and taking us like him – FOOLS.
    Whatever at the end the result is ABU (ashes) for C4.

  16. #16 by boh-liao on Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 11:36 pm

    So many students obtained FULL As or A+ 1 in our public exams – either we r a nation of GENIUSES or d exams r no longer discriminatory, another FAILURE of UmnoB/BN’s education system

  17. #17 by john on Friday, 22 March 2013 - 8:23 pm

    Is Election time maaah !
    As usual IS the time to make ‘more, all’ people happy happy now la,,,,, Now no talk talk tokok race,race,,,,, mooodin,Bumno all sssssh,,,no race si tokok time,,,sssssh,,,
    More got AAAAA’sss more families happy,,,sure can fish fish more votes,,,(sure can hoodwink some at least,,,)
    Also after squeeeeeezze,,, now suddenly give more scholarships,,,more more Universities places they sure NOW very very appreciative (gifts from C4),,,sure able FISH more more votes again,,,
    AS USUAL easy hoodwink this way – must squeeze hard hard then come Election time BAGI LA kuat lebih biasa, sure Tikam votes,,,
    If BRING 1 tak cukup BRING 2,,,3,,,4,,, no problem once Each election time only,,,
    BUT rest of 4 to 5 years we can SAPU kuat kuat and BACK squeeeze kuat kuat pendatang ini lagi,,,YAH, pun boleh panggil lagi kuat-kuat PENDATANG Pendatang,,,
    SEMUA la biasa since MaMak Kutty time,,, EASY,SAME sudah banyak pandai HOODWINK !

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