KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says no one should be left behind in national development, more so when the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) report shows that Malaysia is well on its way to becoming an advanced economy.
He said all Malaysians, irrespective of religion, race and culture, must feel like they belong to the country and are part of something exciting as the country works towards delivering the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) vision.
“Today I found out that the IMF came out with its latest report to say that Malaysia is well on its way to becoming an advanced economy, that the economy is on strong footing. However, I don’t want to think that everything is hunky-dory.
“I want to make sure every individual in our society will have someone to help them out. I believe in more equitable development that will reach every individual,” he said at CIMB Bank’s “Jom Bersama Najib” programme here yesterday.
Also present were CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak and CIMB Group CEO Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz.
On behalf of CIMB, Najib also announced a new work-from-home policy for one day per week for female staff who are mothers, in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2018.
The objective is to make it easier for female staff with children under five to continue with their careers, and assure the future of the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“And I assume you get paid for that one day. This is coupled with CIMB’s one-month paternity leave for first-time fathers.
“Next will be providing childcare centres and nursing rooms at work and allowing employees one-year’s maternity leave,” he said.
Najib also announced the CIMB Staff Rejuvenation Programme, which allows up to six months’ unpaid leave for personal reasons, like caring for children or ailing family members, or taking extended maternity leave or a career break, without jeopardising the staff’s position and seniority.
“Congratulations to CIMB. We hope other organisations will follow suit and are glad to celebrate International Women’s day. I agree we should celebrate women not just by saying we celebrate women but by really empowering women and ensuring they are in key positions in every facet of our society,” he said.
The prime minister said organisations and foundations could do many things to help the government deal with the marginalised and help them to stand on their own.
“So the government is working in collaboration with government-linked companies (GLCs), government-linked investment companies (GLICs), and the private sector to galvanise resources.” – Bernama