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RM62.7 billion will use to create public-private partnerships.

To decrease role of government in business and influence the abilities of the private sector, the government will:

* Increase privatisation and public-private partnerships to improve efficiency in delivery of services and reduce the financial load on government

* Use a facilitation fund (RM20 billion) to support private sector projects with strategic value for the nation (in infrastructure, education, tourism, health, etc.)

* Achieve a proper balance between government, GLCs, and the private sector that ensures Malaysian firms can effectively regionalise and globalise

Some areas of infrastructure the government aim to progress are:

* Broadband Internet services (target of 75% household penetration by 2015)

* Physical infrastructure that increases access and connectivity (multimodal transport services, rail development, maritime infrastructure, and airport development)

* Energy sourcing and delivery (by encouraging existing industries to expand into high-value added activities and attract new investments)

* Public-private collaboration will improve to encourage industry participation in course provision and industrial attachments

The government’s Special Task Force to Facilitate Business (PEMUDAH) has already helped make Malaysia an easier place to do business through developing public-private partnerships

To help ease public-private partnerships in infrastructure development, the government will:

* Use about 40% of the total funding for the 10MP for developing soft infrastructure, compared with 22% in the Ninth Malaysia Plan, focusing on skills development and innovation rather than physical infrastructure

* Provide opportunities for private sector investment to invest in physical infrastructure alongside with the delivery of services

Promoting Inclusive Growth by Improving the Livelihoods of the Bottom 40% of Society

To improve the livelihoods of the bottom 40% of households, the government intends to:

* Increase income generation potential through education and entrepreneurship programmes

* Strengthen access to basic amenities

* Tailor programmes to target groups with specific needs such as the Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak as well as Orang Asli communities

To further enable an inclusive society along the 1Malaysia idea, the government plans to:

* Develop programmes to encourage the inclusion of marginalised groups (women, youth, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities)

* Pay special attention to the family unit as a part of society that needs tailored economic support

* For specific development for rural areas, the government plans to:

* Build 72% of the 10MP’s 3,580km of total planned roads in Sabah and Sarawak

* Extend electricity coverage to rural areas using alternative systems such as mini-hydro and solar-hybrid energy systems (100% coverage in Peninsular Malaysia and 99% in Sabah and Sarawak by 2015)

* Increase rural coverage of treated water supply to 99% in Peninsular and 98% in East Malaysia by 2015

* Build 197 new clinics (156 in rural areas and 41 as community health clinics) and 50 1Malaysia clinics

* Build four new hospitals and four replacement hospitals between 2010 and 2012

* Increase the number of mobile clinics, flying doctor services, and village health promoters in rural areas

* Build 78,000 new affordable public housing units with low-cost units given to qualified individuals and families with incomes lower than RM2, 500 a month.

* Set up a Housing Maintenance Fund for residents of low-cost housing units to conduct repairs

* Poverty eradication agencies such as the Ministry of Housing and Local Government will give greater mandates to cover and help the bottom 40% of households

-SNASH-

(this article published in 1BINA.my)