The 1Week That Was (14 – 20 Nov 2011)
I am pleased that APEC leaders had shown great interest on Malaysia’s novel and holistic economic reforms approaches, which differed from their own countries. Particularly our New Economic Model (NEM), the “game changer” which had helped us generate increased foreign investments and job opportunities.
As always, a visit overseas would not be complete without spending some time with the Malaysian community abroad. My wife and I were pleased to host a dinner for the Malaysian community and students in Hawaii, officials from the East-West Center and peace corps volunteers who served in Malaysia during its formative years in the early 60s.
After my return home, I paid a visit to the Orang Asli Settlement, in Tanjung Sepat, Morib, Selangor where a National Blue Ocean Strategy 3 Project is underway. I am very pleased with the strategy’s progress and success, which has allowed us to combine prisoner rehabilitation, rural development, and deployment of the Armed Forces in innovative ways.
Shortly after I flew in to Bali for the 19th Asean Summit. Good news: in my bilateral meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, we discussed the moratorium on the sending of Indonesian maids to Malaysia. The matter has been resolved amicably, the suspension has been lifted and Indonesian maids will be allowed in again starting 1 December.
At the 19th Asean Summit I pointed out that Asean countries could avoid the problems faced by the Europian Union by remaining cautious and making decisions through consensus. Nevermind if Asean has been criticised for being too slow in connecting our economies, because moving too fast may land ourselves into problems like what Europe is experiencing now.
I made sure I had time to watch the SEA Games football match between Malaysia and Indonesia from Bali. Our team put up a great display and continues to inspire hope in the future of Malaysian football.
Ahead of the Asean Summit on Saturday, I sat down with President Barack Obama to expand discussions on the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and the USA. The President has mentioned US’s intention on being a strong partner with Malaysia. His remarks on my leadership are appreciated.
Back home after being away in Hawaii and Indonesia, I launched the inaugural 1Malaysia Social Media Convention in KL. The decisive factor in the next general election for BN candidates is acceptance by the new generation. BN candidates should view the proliferation of social media as an opportunity for them to stay connected with their constituents.
I also launched “MyVoice”, the 1Malaysia Social Media Volunteers Club. I hope members of MyVoice would be able to clarify the various falsehoods spread on the internet and explain the government’s transformation agenda to the people and ensure that it is achieved.
It was also the closing day of the BN Youth Job Fair. At its Grand Finale 2011 I explained that it is not impossible for Malaysia to achieve an economic growth of between five and six per cent this year. We have put in place our proven systematic government planning, matured policies and effective implementation. BN’s capabilities as a ruling party has been tried and tested and it has proven its capability in developing Malaysia to where it is now.