Wednesday, 3 May 2017

(The Star) Johor on track in meeting goal

JOHOR BARU: The state government is focused and committed to achieve all its development plans and realise its mission to become an economic powerhouse, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said to achieve this, the government has set key performance indicators (KPI) for each state executive committee chairman (exco), department heads and senior government staff.

“The KPI has been done for the past three years and it is not in any way punitive but rather to measure and help us identify and overcome problems as a team,” he said after launching the annual Exco Awayday 2017 here yesterday.

On two exco’s not achieving scores of 86% and above for 2016, he reiterated that the KPI was not to inflict punishment.

“We have to work as a team and if there is a problem, we will have to discuss and find ways to resolve it,” he added.

On people-centric projects, he said he was happy that so far 85% of all the 436 touch point projects announced by the government in the state were completed.

He added that the state’s coffers were increasing annually with an income of RM1.5bil.

“We are among the highest in the country. Despite all our development projects, we still have a surplus of RM1.1bil as of end of last year,” he added.

Permodalan Darul Takzim chief executive officer Lukman Abu Bakar (left) presenting a souvenir to Mohamed Khaled.

Mohamed Khaled added that the state continues to attract huge investments and has been ranked No 1 for the past four years in the country in the manufacturing sector.

“We hope to release a report card on the state’s performance for the people to see for themselves the state government’s GE13 promises,” he said, adding that there were 84 pledges that were made during GE13.

Mohamed Khaled added that a 13-member economic panel would also be formed to propel the state’s economy to the next level and to cater to the changing global economic climate.

He added that the panel would comprise economic experts, both locals and from abroad.

On the rising cost of living, Mohamed Khaled added that the state was doing its best to address this, including having more free bus services via its Bus Muafakat Johor, having more ImCoop shops offering items at reasonable prices and free water for those listed on e-kasih.

On public housing, he added that the state hopes to build at least 60,000 Rumah Mampu Milik Johor by 2020.

“So far until January, we have completed 11,334 units statewide,” he added.

The one-day Exco Awayday is being held for the third year and is mainly to disseminate information about the state’s progress and public initiatives.

The event will also detail the performances of all the state’s exco members.

The exco have their own KPI, which is being monitored at a quarterly interval.

All the nine exco members presented their portfolios and their achievements until December last year at the event.