PUTRAJAYA, Oct 25 (Bernama) — The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative, which has been implemented in Malaysia for more than 30 years, has managed to contribute significantly towards Malaysia’s rapid economic growth, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
He said Malaysia’s PPP success stories could be clearly seen in the development of tolled highways, airports, ports and education infrastructure, as well as in the development Putrajaya, which is the federal government’s administrative centre.
Ali also urged the other Commonwealth nations to take advantage of the capacity building, consultancy and advisory programmes offered by the Public-Private Partnership Commonwealth Centre of Excellence (PPP CoE) in Malaysia.The PPP initiative is a smart partnership between the government and private sectors for the purpose of providing public infrastructure, community facilities and related services.
Last Sunday, the Public-Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) under the Prime Minister’s Department and CAPAM signed and exchanged letters to pave the way to commence discussions on the setting up of the PPP CoE.
“Malaysia is ever willing to share its experiences in PPP implementation with the Commonwealth,” Ali said in an interview with Bernama at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), in conjunction with the three-day Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2014 biennial conference, which concluded last Tuesday.
About 1,500 delegates from 53 countries attended the conference, which was organised in collaboration with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) and Commonwealth Secretariat.
In opening the conference last Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sounded out Malaysia’s readiness to work with CAPAM to establish a PPP Commonwealth Centre of Excellence.
“PPP can deliver value for money by harnessing the private sector’s expertise in combining the design and operation of an asset, thereby providing services in a more efficient manner compared to traditional forms of procurement,” said Ali.
Ali, who is also the newly-elected CAPAM president, said the Malaysian government has implemented several programmes which have turned out to be very successful and among them is the Government Transformation Programme (GTP). According to the GTP’s 2013 Annual Report, it had achieved 104 per cent of its key performance indicators (KPIs) last year.
The GTP comprises seven national key results areas (NKRAs), which are reducing crime, fighting corruption, assuring quality education, raising the living standards of low-income households, improving urban public transport, improving rural development, and addressing the rising cost of living.
“Another good story to tell the Commonwealth is the success of the initiatives under our concept of humanising the public service (MPA) and the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).
“For example, over 60 NBOS initiatives have been introduced and implemented, and the essence of these initiatives is not only to improve the effectiveness of the public service delivery to the rakyat but to leverage on the strengths of the different ministries and agencies and enhance collaboration in the public service,” he said.
On the success of the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH), Ali said Malaysia’s ranking in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report has improved by leaps and bounds – from being ranked 23rd in 2009, it has now moved up to the sixth spot, among 189 countries worldwide.
PEMUDAH was established to address the need to have closer collaboration between the public and private sectors to enhance the public service delivery system and improve Malaysia’s business environment.
Ali said Malaysia also ranks very favourably in international reports, which is testament to the nation’s competitiveness.
“For example, the World Economic Forum has ranked Malaysia 20th most competitive economy from 144 economies in the World Competitiveness Report 2014-2015. And, we are ranked 12th in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014 from among 60 economies,” he said.