Najib's task to woo Singapore to Iskandar. So, it has officially begun. The Deputy Prime Minister will go to Singapore tomorrow to start laying the red carpet for Singapore to invest in Johor's Iskandar Development Region.
I want to adopt an open mind on this but that I will need the government to be open about its schemes regarding the IDR. Mohd Najib Abdul Razak and team can have their meetings with the Singapore investors behind closed-doors to obtain their "frank feedbacks" but the rakyat must not be left out as they can provide very frank feedbacks, too.
An uphill task. Najib needs to minimize policy boo-boos and maximize public support for IDR. The 4th Floor kids and their Public Relations advisors have blundered once too often where the IDR is concerned. Remember the proposal to make it a no-passport zone for Singaporeans? And, very recently, the fiasco on the formation of the Malaysia-Singapore joint-ministerial committee? These, among other things, have made many Malaysians suspicious about the agenda behind the IDR. Najib needs to tell those kids to stop messing up the project.
If the government wants IDR to be a success, it needs to stop the 4th floor kids from shooting its foot. And it needs to carry out a better PR campaign. Not one aimed at the Singaporean investors but one for the Malaysian public. The people need to know the truth.
Read the Bernama's story on Najib's mandate in Singapore here.
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