PUTRAJAYA, Jan 30 — The government will revoke opportunities such as contract, approved permit (AP) and license sold to the third party to ensure such facilities are utilised in an organised manner, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said under the New Economic Policy introduced in 1970, plenty of opportunities were created for lower-income people to leverage the nation’s wealth, however, some of them had used it as a way to make an easy profit.
He said these were among issues that prevented the success of the country’s policies.
“When they were given contracts and such, they sold it. Those who received AP or other assistance from the government, they sold it to other parties to gain profits quickly.
“Eventually, when the money they received has gone, they remain poor just like before,” he said at a Prime Minister and Strategic Partners of the Rural Development Ministry gathering, here today.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir urged the low-income group to seize opportunities provided by the government under the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 to reduce the income gap between urban and rural areas.
He asserted that the various ways created by the government to improve the economy of this group would not bear fruits if they were unwilling to leverage the opportunities given.
“We found that many of them who received these opportunities have succeeded. But, many have not taken this opportunity and used it to improve their lives by securing wealth that exists in our country.
“This is the problem that we are facing and we need to make it clear to all parties that there will be no improvement without effort. If we don’t use every opportunity and lesson that have been given, then we will not be able to overcome the poverty issue in the rural area,” he said.
Dr Mahathir pointed out how advanced technology, including online marketplaces, could help rural small business operators to expand their market if the medium was used to their advantage.
“This (online marketplaces) is a new approach to marketing products. Unlike before where we can’t sell our products outside our village, today we can sell it to the city (people) and even the whole world,” he said.
Dr Mahathir believed if the opportunities were utilised fully, the income gap between the urban and rural areas would be reduced and Malaysia’s vision to become a developed nation by 2030 would be realised.
At the event, the strategic partners of the ministry, comprising corporates and government-linked companies, contributed RM11.4 million for the programmes under the ministry.
Also present was its minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.
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