Monday, April 11, 2011

Najib's 1st year milestones
Compiled by Husna Yusop

>> 2009

3 Sworn in as sixth prime minister. In his maiden speech, he announced the removal of the three-month suspension on Harakah and Suara Keadilan and the release of 13 Internal Security Act detainees. He also introduced the “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” slogan.

4 Made a surprise visit to Petaling Street, Vista Angkasa near Kampung Kerinci and Brickfields to mingle with the rakyat.

9 Announced a 28-member cabinet in 25 ministries. He said the ministers’ performance will be closely monitored through key performance indicators (KPIs), adding that the era where the government adopted the attitude of “government knows best” is over.

25 Went on a walkabout in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Puduraya, Kuala Lumpur.

6 Introduced all Eight Values of 1Malaysia: A Culture of Excellence; Perseverance; Humility; Acceptance; Loyalty; Meritocracy; Education; and Integrity.

4 Made inaugural visit to China as prime minister. This was in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of Malaysian-Sino diplomatic relations. There, he was also conferred an honorary doctorate in international relations by the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

26 Held a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama and discussed nuclear proliferation, North Korea and financial regulations.

5 In his first visit to Sibu to officiate the 26th Tionghua Cultural Fest in Dataran Sibu, went on a walkabout at Jalan Market pasar malam.

11 On the occasion of his 100th day in office, announced new government initiatives including six National Key Result Areas (NKRAs).

27 Named the lead ministers for the NKRAs.

5 Went on a walkabout at the Public Works Department quarters in Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

14 Had a telephone conversation, coordinated by the Turkish Embassy, with President Abdullah Gül, talking about the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

16 Updated his website with a new look and additional features – including a poll and an interactive segment – to coincide with Malaysia Day and the first anniversary of his website.

6 Given the honour to be the first Malaysian prime minister to deliver keynote address at Unesco’s general conference in Paris.

19 Announced Malaysia Day Sept 16 as a public holiday beginning 2010.

23 Tabled Budget 2010 with a pledge to cut the deficit this year.

12 Attended Apec summit in Singapore.

16 Announced his fan site on Facebook at which he had started in mid-October. He also stays connected with Netizens on Twitter.

23 Arrived in New York for a working visit aimed at boosting trade and investment ties between Malaysia and the United States. From there, he went to Trinidad and Tobago for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

18 Government Transformation Programme (GTP) initiatives unveiled to the public at Sunway Convention Centre, Sunway Pyramid.

>> 2010

7 Launched the first 1Malaysia Clinic at Kampung Kerinchi, Lembah Pantai, KL; 44 out of 50 1Malaysia Clinics started operations nationwide, charging only RM1 for treatment for minor ailments.

16 Conferred the King Abdulaziz Order of Merit (1st Class) by King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud – the same award given to US President Barack Obama last year; it was his first official visit to Saudi Arabia as prime minister

19 Began a four-day visit to India; historic because he will be the first Malaysian prime minister to make an official trip also to Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state.

19 The PM’s Facebook page on the internet has more than 100,000 fans.

24 Said the country has recovered from the financial crisis; Malaysia recorded 4.5% GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 and a contraction of 1.7% for the whole of last year.

1 Najib said Malaysia targets 6% economic growth this year; government machinery ordered to go “full steam ahead”.

13 Najib and family hosted 1Malaysia hi-tea for some 300 internet friends at his official residence Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.

23 Attended the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hongkong; had a meeting with foreign fund managers and Donald Tsang, the chief executive of Hongkong SAR.

24 Launched three broadband packages introduced by Telekom Malaysia under a new high-speed broadband service called UniFi.

30 Unveiled the first stage of the New Economic Model. -- theSun

Updated: 01:51AM Fri, 02 Apr 2010

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