KUALA LUMPUR: BARISAN Nasional's (BN) manifesto for the 13th General Election, to be launched on Saturday, will represent the coalition's commitment towards transformation and development, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.
Najib said the manifesto, to be unveiled at the Bukit Jalil indoor stadium, was to allow the people to gain a good understanding of BN pledges in anticipation of the coalition being retained as the government.
"The manifesto will be our pledge to the people of Malaysia. With the mandate given to us insyaallah (God willing), we are committed to carrying out improvement and change in line with our objective to spur the country's economy, and take care of the welfare of the people.
"The manifesto will also be based on the 1Malaysia philosophy -- People's First, Performance Now," he said after chairing the Umno and BN supreme council meetings at the Putra World Trade Centre, here.
Najib said the manifesto would serve as the coalition's guide at the national level, while the state manifestos would address the respective states' issues, such as the water crisis in Selangor or matters related to infrastructure development, such as the construction of highways and a stadium in Kelantan.
"We want our manifesto to be appreciated and understood by the people because it represents a serious commitment by the BN government.
"We have in the last four years proven that whenever we make pledges, we would fulfil them.
"Our machinery is ready to go down to the ground. In fact, they have already done this, and all our activities will be intensified, especially so during the campaigning period."
On allegations that certain quarters were planning to cause disruptions on polling day, Najib said he hoped this would not take place.
"I hope they don't do it. We need to respect the electoral process, not only to protect its integrity but to allow the people to have their say."
"We should not be stopping or scaring the people from voting, or discouraging them in any way."
Among those present at meetings were Deputy Prime Minister and BN deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, MIC president Datuk Seri G.Palanivel, People's Progressive Party president Datuk M. Kayveas and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.