One of PEMANDU’s achievements outlined in the report was the unit's contribution that led to a 35 % drop in reported street crime within a year in the country.
The report, unveiled on Monday in London, came about following Bloomberg Philanthropies and Nesta’s comprehensive assessment of government innovation teams across six continents. It also reveals that innovation requires dedicated capacity, specific skills, methods, partnerships, and consistent political support and how these elements have been combined successfully to achieve impressive results.
Nesta Deputy Chief Executive, Philip Colligan, who was a co-author of the report said governments have been responsible for among the greatest innovations in modern history.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the global recognition accorded PEMANDU shows that Malaysia is on the right track to become a developed and a high-income nation by 2020.
The Prime Minister said PEMANDU which was set up in 2009, has been tasked to support the implementation the National Transformation Programme through the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
The GTP is focused on modernising the public service while the ETP sets to attract private investments both foreign and domestic into the country.
Source: New Straits Times 3 July 2014 and Nesta website