Mid-Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan from the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) :
The Economic Affairs Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali recently announced that the Mid Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan will be tabled on Oct 18, 2018 in Parliament.
The Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) was released on May 21, 2015 with the thrust of enhancing inclusiveness towards equitable society especially in elevating the livelihood of the B40 households. In addition to the plans seek to improve wellbeing for all as well as fosters human capital development and green growth. This process is especially unique as we now have a new government at Putrajaya who is also committed to a just social and economic report but with a very strong commitment towards institutional reform and sustainability.
During this Mid Term Review it is indicated that there is a need to examine issues pertaining to disparity of growth across the states, the income gap between the income groups especially the bottom 40%, high youth unemployment and the rising cost of living. This review process gives all of us, citizens and civil society organisations an opportunity to review the
achievements for the past two and half years between 2016 and 2018 and chart out priorities and directions for 2019 and 2020.
This review provides us with the opportunity to review the Eleventh Malaysia Plan from the framework of SDGs especially the 17 SDG goals and the framework of people, profits, planate, peace and partnership. What would be really different this time around in the development planning process and how can be ensure that it is more closely aligned with SDGs especially
in terms of ‘leaving no one behind’.
In this context the ASLI-Centre for Public Policy Studies and the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance is hosting this RTD :-
• To provide CSOs and the private sector an opportunity to provide input to the review process.
• To critically examine the Eleventh Malaysia Plan achievements over 2016 to 2018 from the lenses of SDGs
• To chart some specific recommendations and policy outcomes for 2019 and 2020 in line with SDGs especially for vulnerable & disadvantaged communities especially the urban poor, forest based communities and all groups in the income bracket of being in the Bottom 40 & of the socio-economic divide especially women.
We are inviting a panel to provide introductory comments from various perspectives but we hope that all CSOs will nominate a speaker to share your view point. We welcome papers, reviews and any relevant documentation that you might have. We will issue a press release on the outcome of the RTD as well as present our findings to the Economic Affairs Minister and the Economic Planning Unit as our contributions.
Assoc. Prof. Dr Madeline Berma, Former Director of the Tun Fatimah Hashim Women’s Leadership Centre
Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, Former MP for Sungai Siput
Mr Liew Chin Tong, Former MP for Kluang
Prof. Dato’ Dr Rashila Ramli, Director/Principal Fellow, UKM-IKMAS & Former Assistant Secretary General
Engr. Gurmit Singh, Chairman, CETDEM
Ms Lavanya Rama Iyer, Head of Policy and Climate Change, WWF Malaysia
Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, CSO-SDG Alliance & KITA-UKM)