Malaysia’s National Transformation Programme Accorded With Best Public Sector Reforms Programme Award

PUTRAJAYA, 27 May 2016 – The National Transformation Programme (NTP) was awarded the Best Public Sector Reforms Programme at the Global Good Governance (3G) Awards held in Istanbul, Turkey. The NTP is a radical change in Malaysia’s pursuit to achieve a high income and developed status by 2020, by addressing priority socio-economic areas in delivering impactful results for the country.

The 3G Awards developed by Cambridge IF Analytica recognises the excellence in delivery of the NTP to improve quality, cost effectiveness and productivity of services delivered to the public.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Idris Jala attributes this recent international accolade to Malaysia’s civil service.

“The challenges and pains of transformation is uncomfortable. Hard decisions and trade-offs were made and disappointed some. But today, the NTP has sustained growth, built resilience and established confidence.

This award is testament to the work that began in 2010 and I share this accolade with my public sector colleagues, in pushing for better governance and innovation,” says Jala.

PEMANDU was mandated to oversee the implementation of the NTP since 2009. The story of Malaysia’s transformation has since been the focus of various international studies and review such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Bloomberg, Harvard Business School and Princeton University.

Alongside PEMANDU’s recognition as the Top 20 Innovation Teams in Government by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Nesta in 2014, the 3G Best Public Sector Reforms Programme award is further testament that the NTP has ushered Malaysia’s gradual foray as a global player.

PEMANDU Director of Communications, Alex Iskandar Liew, received the award in Istanbul, Turkey.

“When we started the NTP in 2010, we were aware that in order to join the ranks of high-income economies, Malaysia had to expedite implementation of productivity-enhancing programmes. This required our public sector to abandon all business-as-usual practices in the interest of achieving big fast results,” says Liew.

The successful implementation of the NTP and its Big Fast Results (BFR) Methodology has also generated much interest from a number of other nations. PEMANDU, through its wholly owned subsidiary, BFR  Institute, has played instrumental roles in transformation initiatives in Tanzania, India, South Africa and Oman utilising the BFR Methodology.

Over the course of the last six years, the NTP continues to promote growth, resilience and confidence in
both social and economic areas.

The event was also graced by Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, as the Patron of PERMATA, whose active social programmes for children won the 3G Children Welfare Award 2016. Other winners from Malaysia for 2016 included Universiti Teknologi Mara for the 3G Critics’ Choice Good Governance Award in Education, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia for the 3G Women Empowerment Award and Agro Bank for 3G Financial Services Award.


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