Have Socio-political Stability For Economic Recovery - DPM
SINGAPORE, April 17 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was necessary to have social and political stability if an economic recovery was to take place.
No one, according to him, would benefit even if the world's economic engines recovered, when societies were in tatters.
"National socio-political stability is necessary for economic recovery to take place. We cannot benefit even if the world's economic engines somehow manage to re-start when our societies are in tatters," he said.
Muhyiddin said this when delivering a closing keynote address at the Second Asean and Asia Forum titled 'Risks and Opportunities' organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) here, Friday.
Governance frameworks, including legislature, judiciary and civil service, he said, must be capable and robust, as well as broadly inclusive and democratically-based.
"There must be respect for the rights of individuals and fair and equal treatment to the fullest extent possible," said the deputy prime minister.
On Asean, he said, its institutional architecture must be made relevant to the changing times and strengthened, accordingly.
The regional grouping, as stressed by Muhyiddin, should continue to speak with one united voice, not only on matters of national interest but also on principle and conscience.
"With our newly-signed charter in hand, we have to be less a loose collection of nation states and start to work with purpose and direction in the post-crisis era," said Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president.
He said, the importance of proactive and decisive policy actions to restore confidence, financial stability and the promotion of a sustainable economic growth in the region should be stressed.
The committment by Asean member countries on Asean Economic Community by 2015 would enhance the competitiveness of the region that could lead to greater economic growth, according to Muhyiddin.
On the global economic crisis, he said, the international economic and financial system had shown itself to be prone to instability.
The need for reform in the financial system, said Muhyiddin, had been recognised for some time, but little was done to deal with the root causes.
"When these countries run into trouble, as they regularly do, despite the best advice and warnings, the world economy goes into a tailspin before eventually recovering," he said.
Muhyiddin left for Kuala Lumpur after attending the forum.