TN50 insulated from political interference, says Khairy

LAILI ISMAIL

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Transformation 50 (TN50) plan is insulated from interference by political elements due to its bottom-up model, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

Speaking at the Global Transformation Forum 2017 here, Khairy said regardless of who would be on the seat of government, they would have to respect the TN50 document.

"In essence, the bottom-up solution allows TN50 to be shielded against political interference, because it is truly the voice of the people.

"It is not the aspirations of the current government, or Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak alone, but the collective aspiration of all Malaysians.

"Therefore, whoever is in power is duty-bound to see through these aspirations," Khairy said during a plenary session titled 'Delivering Transformation: The Malaysia case study'.

When asked about the difference between TN50 and Vision 2020, Khairy said the challenges outlined in the latter are very general.

"Apart from the target of becoming a developed country, Vision 2020 had wonderful aspirations, such as wanting to be a truly united nation, a caring and scientifically progressive society – but they were no specific markers or milestones for us.

"Meanwhile with TN50, we want to drill down on specific targets on where we are in 2050, not just general statements or aspirations.

"For example, we want to be amongst the top 20 countries in the world in terms of human development index, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, innovation and football rankings," he elaborated.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who also spoke during the session, said dialogue and engagement with the youth is vital to keep Malaysia in one piece.

"It is important for the young to communicate to us politicians about what political borders or concepts are best for the country, so we could prevent political upheavals," Mustapa said.