Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
Political analysts on the whole are of the opinion that the GTP and ETP
are not just mere slogans because the implementation report data has
proven the programmes' success in raising the household income of
According to the 2012 GTP and ETP achievement report and the progress report card tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently, the two initiatives have started to show significant improvements in the well-being of the people.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Social Science Faculty senior lecturer Dr Jeniri Amir
said the government's move in enhancing the GTP and ETP programmes was a
brilliant and timely step for the country towards achieving developed
nation and high-income status.
"Compared to five years ago the
increase is very significant, whereby civil servants' salaries have been
raised and we also have a minimum salary for the private sector. Indeed
such transformation is necessary to put the nation on track towards
becoming a developed country, towards Vision 2020," he told Bernama.
He said Malaysia recorded a high growth rate of 5.6 percent despite uncertainties in the global economic environment.
Strong economic growth continued to generate employment opportunities
and drive various economic activities which led to the increase of
income for Malaysians, he added.
"Generally, people's standard of living and purchasing power have been on the rise during the last four years.
He said, the government under Najib's leadership has succeeded in
distributing additional national revenue to the people more equitably
according to the needs of the sectors such as education and
infrastructure, including water supply, electricity and roads, to raise
their standard of living.
Referring to Sabah and Sarawak, Dr
Jeniri, who hails from Sarawak, said many areas in both states have seen
progress, especially in urban areas such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.
he said the government should place greater emphasis and take measures
to reduce inflation rates in the two states, which were escalating due
to indiscriminate hikes in prices of goods by certain parties.
"I think Sabahans and Sarawakians will enjoy even better living
standards if this problem is curbed with tighter regulation and
penalties," said Dr Jeniri.
Commenting on the opposition promise
to raise household income to RM4,000 a month in five years, he said it
was nothing special as the Barisan Nasional government has almost
achieved the level.
The government has also realised the People
First, Performance Now policy with various assistance such as the
1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M), RM100 school assistance, 1Malaysia Book
Voucher as well as the 1Malaysia Tyre Aid programmes, he elaborated.
Universiti Sains Malaysia, School of Social Sciences, associate professor of criminology Dr P. Sundramoorthy
said, all the government initiatives and various financial support were
timely and relevant to ease the burden of the rising cost of living.
"It is a progressive move taken by the government, especially for the lower income group.
He welcomed the government announcement that BR1M would be carried out
annually as an initiative to help this group and as proof of the
government's commitment to help the poor, adding that the initiative
should be sustained in the future regardless of the political landscape.