Kelana Jaya: About 900 "movers and shakers", from Ramon Navaratnam to Tricia Yeoh of the Selangor MB's office, are attending a National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) workshop in Kelana Jaya right now. Their recommendations will be presented to the Cabinet next week, which will finalize the key areas the Government would need to focus on in the next decade or so in order to achieve objectives under the New Economic Model and drive the nation towards developed status by 2020.
I was one of the "senior editors" invited to the workshop, which was inaugurated by the DPM, Muhyiddin Yasin. We did not take part in the workshop, though, as we took leave right after Idris Jala had laid down the ground rules on the workshop. The 900 or so people were to be divided into more than 20 clusters to complete their task by 7pm. Their recommendations will be submitted to the Cabinet next Wednesday.
There were some oohs & aahs when Ms Yeoh introduced herself and took the microphone (through an audio-conference as she was in another smaller hall in the same building) to ask Idris a question. I guess we are still in awe of anyone who can set aside their political differences to work together for a common good. But seated where I was, I realized there were more skeptics than we'd like to believe. The two guys seated in front were probably Perkasa members (they were muttering the need to discuss Malay rights) and when Nor Mohamed Yakcob went on stage to pose with the DPM, the chap on my right went: "Ah, the guy who lost our RM20 billion!"
If all these people agree to disagree, Idris Jala, fondly known as the Minister in charge of KPI, should get some good results out of the workshop tonight.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Workshop in KJ
At 6:10 pm