The Government Transformation Programme (GTP) was devised in accordance with the principles of 1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now. The objective of GTP is two-fold – first, to transform the government to be more effective in its delivery of services and accountable for outcomes that matter most to the Rakyat – the people; and second, to move Malaysia forward to become an advanced, united, and just society with high standards of living for all. This is in line with the national mission of achieving Vision 2020 – for Malaysia to become a fully developed nation.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib has identified six major policy areas in which Key Performance Indicators which will play an important role in improving the effectiveness of the Malaysian government. These are known as National Key Result Areas (NKRAs). The NKRAs include crime reduction, reducing government corruption, increased access to quality education, improvements in the standard of living for low income groups, upgrades to rural infrastructure, and improvements in public transportation.
Under the NKRA’s initiative in reducing crime, the Compulsory Attendance Order was proposed. The main objective of this Order is to ensure minor crime offenders do not spent their time in prison but contribute to the society by engaging themselves in compulsory work. This enables them to continue their normal living without jeopardizing their job opportunity. It also provides an opportunity to the offenders to be reformed and rehabilitated in the community rather being incarcerated. Through this, the department also managed to reduce the operation cost of the department and help to save the Government’s budget; in which if these offenders were to sent to prison, it incurs costs.