Najib: Unpopular policies needed for long-term benefits

Najib: Unpopular policies needed for long-term benefits
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak

PUTRAJAYA: A government must not be afraid to make unpopular decisions if it benefits the country in the long run, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said while policies like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) might not be popular, its implementation would benefit Malaysia.

"We must be confident that the policies we introduce will bear fruit. Do not be afraid to make decisions that are unpopular. It may not show its results in the short term, but it will in the long run," Najib told staff at his department's monthly assembly here.

"We must improve on the GST implementation, take action against those who irresponsibly increase prices and also constantly give explanations.

Najib also highlighted the successes of the country under his leadership, including steady growth and deficit management.

"Last year, our growth rate reached 6 per cent. I would like to ask, how many other countries have reached 6 per cent?

"Ever since we launched the National Transformation Pro­gramme, we have provided 1.5 million jobs. This has reduced our unemployment rate, we are close to having full employment.

"When I took over this job, the country's deficit was at 6.6 per cent. Every year without fail, we have reduced the deficit, and last year it was at 3.3 per cent.

"We are definitely on the right platform to achieve balanced budget in 2020," said Najib.

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