PETALING JAYA: The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) must not remain exclusively in the hands of economists, businessmen and policymakers, says Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Abdul Rahman, who was appointed as Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department in charge of EPU, said he was looking forward to embarking on programmes that would bring the EPU closer to the rakyat.
â€œWe must strive to present pertinent issues in simpler ways so as to bring the EPU closer to the people. By doing this, I trust we will significantly help a larger cross-section of the rakyat better understand the challenging dynamics of our economy.
â€œIt is my hope that when the people have a sense of ownership in the EPU, getting them to embrace the policies to counter challenges faced by the nation will be much easier,â€ he said in a statement after a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Monday.
Abdul Rahman, who previously held the post of Urban Wellbeing, Housing And Local Government Minister, welcomed his new appointment and thanked Najib for his trust and confidence in him.
According to him, EPUâ€™s role in shaping the social and economic development of the country has been essential.
He added that economic issues would play a crucial role in determining the votes in the upcoming 14th General Election.
â€œIt is therefore time to get Malaysians to be even more interested in the nationâ€™s economic issues by using a language that is friendly to all and sundry,â€ Abdul Rahman said.