The (BFR) methodology involves setting clear targets and following up with on-going monitoring of progress and making the results public. Using this implementation methodology, the government of Malaysia was able to register impressive results within a short period.

Jacob Zuma
South African President

(Indian) Prime Minister Narendra Modi was looking at the Malaysian model as part of his attempt to constantly evaluate his government’s performance. Calling it an “excellent example”, Modi said he was impressed by the performance assessment mechanism that was in place in Malaysia.

The Star
15 November 2014

Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s commitment to work for strengthening and expanding relations with Malaysia. He expressed appreciation for Malaysian PMO’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) mechanism for monitoring of flagship projects, the elements of which, he said, he intended to incorporate in our own systems.

High Commission of India Press Statement
21 October 2014

Through Operation Phakisa (the South African) government aims to implement its policies and programmes better, faster and more effectively…Operation Phakisa is an adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology that was first applied by the Malaysian Government, successfully, in the delivery of its economic transformation programme.

South African Government News Agency
19 July 2014

We are embarking on our transformation programme and to a large extent have been inspired by what is happening in Malaysia. We have taken an interest in the transformation programme and, after looking at it , feel it's an appropriate model for Tanzania.

Ambassador Ombeni Yohan Sefue
Chief Secretary, Government of the United Republic of Tanzania

The Government has put in place many of the catalytic initiatives needed to more effectively and broadly improve the quality of life of our citizens. The building blocks of the National Transformation Programme have thus far been able to deliver results at both the macro and micro levels, and address critical performance issues, whilst creating the right balance in terms of implementation approaches.

Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak
Prime Minister, Malaysia

The progress on both the GTP and ETP is striking and a credit to all involved throughout the Malaysian Government and administration. The learning from the process Malaysia has put in place may turn out to be as important as the impressive results achieved so far, because it will make possible further progress in the future.

Sir Michael Barber
Chief Education Adviser, Pearson PLC & Former Head of Performance Management and Delivery Unit, during Tony Blair's Administration

Malaysia's ETP is a great model of how the public and private sector can work together for the good of the nation by contributing towards GNI and jobs creation. Having been part of the ETP development, GE looks forward to continue contributing to Malaysia's growth.

Stuart Dean
CEO General Electric

The energy and commitment to the NTP is commendable, as is the determination to combine market solutions with a social safety net. The NTP is focused on productivity but not along winner-takes-all lines. Also commendable is the emphasis on co-ordination of a whole-of-government approach to resolve issues from various angles, and committing the public service to a performance culture.

Dr. Andrew Lee
Director Strategy Policy and Governance with Driver and Vehicle Services Division, Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia

From the results we've seen so far after reviewing many of the initiatives, it is clear that the results are showing benefits. We are seeing increased investment in the nation. There's real movement.

Michael Thatcher
Chief Technology Officer, Asia, Microsoft Corporation


from BFR Seminar 2011

It is very amazing! It's not about the programme. It is the implementation process, the way it is managed, the enforcement process, the monitoring, the documentation, and facilitation which is very important.

Ludovick James Nduhiye
Cabinet Assistant Secretary / Cabinet Secretariat, Tanzania

I find the the seminar and workshop very, very useful and indeed, the way it's structured builds upon not just a group of experts telling us what to do but also facilitating us to think much more strategically about what we do and trying to find some of the solutions within ourselves.

Alache Ode
Technical Advisor to the Honourable Minister on Monitoring and Evaluation, Nigeria

Very insightful. There's a lot to be learned and I believe that in terms of principles, the BFR methodology is universally applicable. In terms of the module, of course you have to think how you can adapt this given module to particular circumstances and into a given political, economic and social context.

Arman Khachaturyan
CEO, National Competitiveness Foundation, Armenia

We find the BFR methodology a very useful tool to address the challenges the government is facing… Particularly, I’m encouraged by the level of planning, the time that is spent on planning, elaboration on how the implementation should go about.

Seiso Mohai
Member of the Executive Council, Free State Provincial Government, South Africa

I'm highly impressed. When you are running a programme like this, you need the support of the highest political authority. With this singular act or arrangement, Malaysia seems to be achieving its ambitions or is already becoming a first world country because I don't think I have seen any other country doing it.

Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman OFR
Honorable Minister and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Nigeria