KUALA LUMPUR: The aspirations 2050 National Transformation’s (TN50) roadmap will still be honoured until the end of 2050 regardless which political side holds the seat of the government by then as it is a people’s vision.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, said whoever controlled the government then, they will have to respect the TN50’s aspirations as they were not the government’s nor an individual’s but the people.

“The most important part of the TN50 is it is the bottom-up approach, meaning it (TN50) is the voice of the people. So, you (the current government) are duty-bound to respect the aspirations (TN50) because they are the people’s.

“So this bottom-up approach allows for TN50 to be insulated from the political interference,” he said during one of the panel sessions at the 2017 Global Transformation Forum here today.

Khairi was one of the panellists in the session on ‘Malaysia’s Transformation: Delivering on Government Promises’.

Other members included Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

On the difference between TN50 and Vision 2020, Khairi said, the former’s aspirations were more specific as compered to the latter’s.

He said Vision 2020 consisted mostly of general aspirations.

“The challenges that were outlined (in the Vision 2020) were general. They were wonderful challenges and aspirations, but they were general in the sense that they were motherhood aspirations,” he said.

Among the challenges of Vision 2020, Khairi said, were the creation of a truly united Malaysian nation and a caring society.

“There were no specific markers of milestones for us (ministries). Because of that, it was wonderfully general aspirations that people can relate to,” he said.

He said in TN50 the government set a specific target about the country in 2050 and not just general statements or aspirations.

“Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak) said (during the introduction of TN50) that we want to be among the top 20 countries in the world (by 2050) in terms of human development index, gross domestic product per capita, innovation and even in terms of our football ranking,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rahman said, the introduction of the TN50 did not mean the government would abandon Vision 2020.

“Just because the architect of the Vision 2020 is now in the opposition (side), it doesn’t mean that the vision has been left out or abandoned by the government,” he said. — Bernama