1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference held in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia earlier today.Given a speech in the conference,Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak stressed again that current government of Malaysia will not intend to censor the Internet.
The points are:
Malaysian government is willing to build an open and digital democracy of society and it’s on the way to go.
Malaysian government is keeping to develop Multimedia Super Corridor which was initiated by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir.
Malaysian government is hoping to treat the bloggers as partners to move forward together,not as enemies.
Malaysian government is looking forward to seeing that bloggers could treat government fairly to make comments online.
Malaysian government is helping doing further investments on high speed broadband services to eliminate the digital gap.
Could the promise be trusted?Well,as it is a public speech that most people now hear it,I don’t think the government could change their principle so easily.Do wish to see a much open Malaysia soon!
Today Malaysian PM Najib will release more information about ETP,expectedly some new projects will be announced.
It will start at 12:30pm and the official website will make it live to public by twitter.If you’re aware of the future of Malaysia,please follow them to get the updates or just visit the website to watch in the widget there.
Update: The announcement has been completed.Here are the details gathered from official media:
Malaysia used to be the richest and most developed country in the region.However,since last 10 years,the economy in Malaysia was lacking of encouragements and so growing quite slow.As the current prime minister in Malaysia,Najib wants to make some revolutions-to unite all nations in the country and create more opportunities to all people by investing some great amount into a few potential industries and markets.Some labs of the government has been studying in the topics and we could see a part of research results through the official statement.
The one I’m interested in is Greater Kuala Lumpur Plan because I may keep living in KL for a number of years.The development of KL will affect my life here.Of course,I believe that will bring to me some opportunities too.
The proposed MRT plan could reduce the expense of travelling.It may also ease the congestions in city areas and so improve the efficiency of transport and logistics industry.
The proposed high speed train service linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore(may extend to other major cities in the region in long term) will attract more visitors and provide more connections between the two financial cities,effectively promoting the complementarity of resources.
The proposed investment on broadband services and IT will eliminate the digital gap to catch the trends in the world.Moreover,it could speed up the delivery system in either public or private sector to show a much transparent,fair and efficient financial environment.
In fact,more than 100 proposed points are advised by the intelligent units.The formal presentation of the whole project will be announced by PM in the coming weeks.For me,I just hope that what they talk could be run thoroughly.
Today ministry of Finance in Malaysia will submit the budget for the coming 2010.The Prime Minister Dato’ Najib is also the minister of Finance.I think he had to pay attention to this budget because Malaysia was just suffered by the economic downturn seriously and now difficultly walking out of it.The government ran some mini budgets during the past several month to support country’s economic by adding deficit.So the forthcoming budget is at the crossroad that may push the economic up or pull it down to the jungle.
In front of the new budget,Najib must give out the ways for two main points at the same time:
To keep supporting on business activities and relieving financial pressures of citizens by issuing policies that benefit both companies and consumers
To cut the deficit into a proper range
I will post the hot points tonight when the budget released to the public.
The deputy Prime Minister and finance minister Dato’ Najib announced a mini budget in this afternoon totally amounted RM60 billion(USD16.1 billion) for 2009 and 2010 to boost the local economy.
4 key areas are touched in the budget:
However,after reviewing the whole details of the budget,I feel that it will not help the economy as much as we hope.The budget seems to be quite rough and thus,I think the result will be just-so-so for each field.
Besides,for individuals,it’s not involving much either.After all,people in the country will not entitle any benefits with cash and how could we see more spending on consumption within the country?
The size of this mini budget is not enough as it’s RM30billion annually,much less than the similar one for 2009 in Singapore which is up to RM41 billion(SGD20.5 billion).It shows that the management is still thinking to follow a conservative policy in this very special time.Well,R-E-G-R-E-T is the only word I’d say now.
However,today I got a rumor that after a trialogue among Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib,AirAsia and Sime Darby,KLIA-East project is terminated.Instead AirAsia will be approved to join and design for the scheduled new LCCT project which is hold by MAHB and meanwhile AirAsia will be given a lowest charge from MAHB too.All those will be submit to MAHB later with a wish list.
I think it must be a win-win situation to both sides:MAHB doesn’t need to face a crisis of losing some potential income and AirAsia doesn’t need to spend more money on a highly risky plan.For me,I only hope LCCT could provide better services and facilities soon.