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KUALA LUMPUR -- The weekly 'walkabout' by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has inspired other Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders at all levels to follow-suit.
The effect, besides giving a positive impact on the sincere effort by the BN leadership to get close to the people, it also allows BN leaders at the divisional level to get closer to the people in their respective areas.
A good example of the walkabout, carried out thrice a week by the BN leadership in the Wangsa Maju parliamentary constituency, according to its chairman, Datuk Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah, is that "it has sort of changed the negative perception of voters towards BN".
"If previously, some voters felt that there was no effort made by us to know them better, now, they no longer feel distant.
"In fact, they accept us and want to listen to us," he told Bernama here recently.
A Bernama survey to the "Sarapan dan Minum Petang" (Breakfast and Tea) programme carried out there, involving all leaders of BN component parties there, revealed that it was well-received by the people of all races and they took the opportunity to know their leaders.
While enjoying the delicacies served at the function, the residents mingled with the leaders and made known their hopes and aspiration for the BN government, as well as the problems they were facing, and seeking verification on criticisms hurled by the opposition.
Mohd Shafei, who is political secretary to the Finance Minister, said most of the complaints from residents concerned commercial areas, houses in need of repair, blocked drains, funeral parlours for the non-Muslims, uptown business licence and house ownership.
The Federal Territory Umno Information chief said most of the complaints had been resolved, including a request by residents of Taman Melati for their residential buildings to be re-painted.
"All the 55 residential blocks in the area have been repainted and facilities repaired using the RM5 million allocation announced by the deputy prime minister on Nov 16 last year. -- Bernama