SERDANG (March 25): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the country will recover in three years from the administrative and financial problems left behind by the previous government.
The Prime Minister said the present government has many plans that he believes can overcome the administrative and financial problems left behind, and called on civil servants to be patient and work with the government to recover its position.
“Insya Allah (God willing), if the situation in the country remains peaceful without any unlawful incidents in the next three years, we can bring about the recovery,” he said at the Cuepacs premier assembly with the Prime Minister, here.
Dr Mahathir said it was not enough for the efforts to revive the country to be executed only through political power in the wake of the victory of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in the 14th General Election.
“It is of utmost importance for all of you to understand our history and know what is being done by this new government so that you can extend close cooperation to the government in the interests of the country so that our country can once again be on the road to becoming a developed nation in 2025,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said the cooperation of the civil servants is necessary for them to understand the problems the country faces, including the over RM1 trillion debt that has made the country’s financial situation most difficult.
“That’s why we were forced to cancel mega programmes that the previous government initiated, scheduled or implemented. We have had to reduce the expenditure on these huge projects. If we were to terminate the old contracts, we will have to pay compensation,” he said.
He said a portion of the country’s income had to be used to pay the country’s debt, which caused the government to pay lesser attention to national development.
“I hope we can be patient. If we cooperate in an atmosphere of peace and calm, then we can restore the financial position and develop our country.
“It is not easy to pay off an RM1-trillion debt. All the people, including government servants, have to tighten our belts a little so that we can reduce the normal expenses and pay the debt,” he said.