The recent arrests made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) are a reminder to civil servants against wastage, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The Prime Minister said wastage “is equal to taking away what belongs to the people,” and he reminded those in government that they cannot take away the people’s rights, The Star online reported.
“What the MACC has done these past few days reminds us about wastage. “Don’t take away the rights of the rakyat. It belongs to them.
“Remember that when we deliver our programmes, it is for the people. So whenever there is wastage, the people will be disappointed and will lose confidence in you,” Najib said at the Prime Minister’s Department monthly assembly on Monday.
Last week, the MACC detained Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Mohd Arif Ab Rahman and his two sons for alleged corruption, money-laundering and abuse of power.
Najib also told officers at the PM’s Department to make 2017 the “year of delivery”.
“Let’s make ‘delivery’ our focus this year. Everyone must play their role in delivering programmes or projects that are beneficial for the well-being of the people.
“Projects must be delivered according to schedule. If you encounter obstacles that will affect the delivery of your project, find solutions.
“Don’t stay in your own silos. If we can change our mindsets, then we can succeed in 2017,” he added.
He said there are “signs” that 2017 would be a better year economically compared to 2016.
“The price of crude oil, palm oil and rubber has improved.
“As for our currency, which has become a source of concern, it must be noted that out of 149 world currencies, 123 are facing declines against the US dollar, so we are not the only affected.
“But with the steps taken by Bank Negara, there is optimism that we can face this volatility,” said Najib.