National Economic Action Council member Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz delivers her keynote address at the Perdana Discourse Series; themed, 'Factors Impeding Malaysia's Economic Progress and How To Overcome Them' at Perdana Leadership Foundation. - Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Everyone should focus on developing the country's economy instead of talking about transition of power for the prime minister, said National Economic Action Council member Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.

She said further talks on the matter were identified as one of the problems that had caused uncertainties among the people, including foreign investors and partners.

"We should not be preoccupied with the issue of the transition of power. Let us stop talking about it, because otherwise people out there including the investors the potential business partners are unable to see where we are heading.

"What happens in the future is in God's hand, so don’t talk about what’s going to happen in two or three years’ time. Just carry on, because policies will go on beyond two or three years.

"We have a country to govern, so get on with governing and stop talking about transition," she said in her keynote address today at the Perdana Discourse Series themed ‘Factors Impeding Malaysia's Economy Progress and How to Overcome Them’.

Talks on the transition of power from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to his successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has recently been dominating the political landscape.

Dr Mahathir reiterated recently that he would keep his promise to step down as premier before completing a full term in office.

Rafidah also called on the people to be patient in their hopes for the government to deliver their promises in just one year.

"I'm also impatient like the people, I just want to know what is going to happen next, but emotions must be governed by reality.

"This government has five years to run, so we should not expect a report card for a good delivery after just one year," she added.

Rafidah also called on the country’s policy makers to start analysing the impacts of volatile external environments on Malaysian economy.

"Whether it is positive or negative effects, indirectly or directly, we have to look at them now because these will effect the country's policies and strategies. Once we are able to pre-empt the possible outcomes, we can start collaborating with the stakeholders," she said.

Separately, Rafidah also questioned the need for government's proposal to develop the country's first flying car.

"As a hobby, flying is okay but don't make it a national project. We don't even give out bicycles to students in Sabah who have to walk miles everyday.

"If it was really feasible, do you think Malaysia would be the first to do it? We need a licence to even fly a drone in Malaysia," she added.

After the discourse, Rafidah launched a book written by Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Murad Merican titled "Revisiting Atas Angin: A Review on Malay Imagination of Rum, Ferringghi and Penjajah."