Perdana Podcast | Notable Speeches

TAN SRI ABDUL WAHID BIN OMAR

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar was a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Economic Planning from 5th June 2013 and completed his 3 year-term on 4th June 2016. He oversaw a number of government agencies such as the Economic Planning Unit, Public-Private Partnership Unit (UKAS), Department of Statistics, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (EKUINAS) and Talent Corporation (TALENCORP), TERAJU and Yayasan Pendidikan Peneraju Bumiputera.

Prior to his cabinet appointment, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid was formerly the President and CEO of Maybank, Malaysia's largest banking group and the fourth largest in Southeast Asia, from May 2008. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, Council member of East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), Council Member of Aerospace Malaysia, Board Member of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera and Chairman of Investment Committee of Innovation Agency of Malaysia.

He was the Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) from August 2016 to 29th June 2018.

Tan Sri Wahid Omar delivered the keynote address at Perdana Leadership Foundation’s Perdana Discourse Series on “HOW CAN MALAYSIAN YOUTH BEST PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE?”. These are excerpts of his speech.

The full monograph of the Discourse can be purchased from the Foundation. Contact plfcomms@perdana.org.my for more information.

1. VISION 2020

Tan Sri Wahid highlights the nine challenges of Vision 2020 and gives an assessment of our progress in each of the nine areas.

Tan Sri Wahid highlights the nine challenges of Vision 2020 and gives an assessment of our progress in each of the nine areas.

2. NEW ECONOMIC MODEL (NEM)

Tan Sri Wahid Omar talks about the three key points of the New Economic Model: high income, inclusiveness and sustainability. He explains that high income means US$15,000 per capita income; inclusiveness means recognising that diversity and inclusivity are important; and sustainability means managing our natural resources wisely.  

Tan Sri Wahid Omar talks about the three key points of the New Economic Model: high income, inclusiveness and sustainability. He explains that high income means US$15,000 per capita income; inclusiveness means recognising that diversity and inclusivity are important; and sustainability means managing our natural resources wisely.

3. ADVICE TO YOUTH

Tan Sri Wahid advises young people to always give their best in whatever they do and to exceed expectations. He says it’s important for youth to anchor themselves to the principles of the Rukunegara and to think before reacting.  

Tan Sri Wahid advises young people to always give their best in whatever they do and to exceed expectations. He says it’s important for youth to anchor themselves to the principles of the Rukunegara and to think before reacting.