Malaysia minister says country on right track for developed nation status

KUALA LUMPUR: The country is on the right track in becoming a developed nation come 2020, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He noted that continuous economic development will bring a huge impact to the country in the coming two to three years.

"We hope to continue this transformation programme because it will increase the living quality of our people and their income will continue to be increased.

"Firstly now we have to solve the cost of living issue and the average income of the people.

"I'm confident that with this transformation plan, Malaysians can monitor the Government's and country's achievements," he told reporters after the launching of the National Transformation Programme Annual Report 2015 in Angkasapuri here on Tuesday.

Liow added that Sabah and Sarawak played a huge role in the National Transformation Programme (NTP) as the two were among the biggest states in the country.

He said he was happy to note that the Pan Borneo Highway was now in progress where upon completion, will be a catalyst and a game changer for the economic growth in Sabah and Sarawak.

"I can see that the highway is just like our North-South Expressway and once it opens up, will open up a lot of opportunity for development in Sabah and Sarawak.

"On the agenda of urban transportation, we have put in a lot of effort in upgrading LRTs, putting in MRTs, having commuter trains and we are building up all the linkages in terms of roads.

"People are encouraged to use public transportation so we are actually losing the gaps of the last mile between the stations and their homes.

"We're also looking into taxis, Uber, GrabCar and how to ensure that we improve the public transportation system in the urban city," he said, adding that he targeted to achieve 550,000 public ridership this year as compared to 470,000 last year.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the annual report focussed on the Government's effort in bringing transformation to the people's livelihood.

Commenting on the larger portion of funds allocated to Sarawak, Dr Subramaniam said the Health Ministry was reaching out with hospitals and clinics to as many corners in Sarawak as they can.

"Although there are logistics issues in one or two places, overall, much has been done to improve the health quality and services in the state.

"At the moment we are building hospitals in Sri Aman, Petra Jaya and in Lawas," he said.