THE PEOPLE’S VOICE: Kudos to PM and his team


ELECTIONEERING has reached a crescendo in the country. All that remains is the green light for the 13th general election.

At the centre of the action, we see Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak driving his brand of transformational politics. This has been marked by his active involvement with the people.

In political terms, his behaviour is like that of a state that listens to the people and provides them with a platform for their voices to be heard. This way, one is assured of getting a good return in a general election.

To put this in the right context, Najib has been successful in managing his stakeholders' relationships. This meant going into overdrive as a result of the launch of his New Economic Model, 10th Malaysia Plan and the 2010 Budget.

Together with the National Key Results Area, Strategic Reform Initiatives, Government Transformation Plan and the Economic Transformation Plan, Najib and his team has always put the people first.

Match this with his successful completion of "Jelajah Janji diTepati" (JJD), which started last year. In the exercise, Najib targeted specific groups.

All levels of the community and society were included: politicians, civil servants, non-governmental organisations, private sector employers and employees, security and civil defence agencies, women, youth, teachers, ulama and religious affiliates and Orang Asli.

We have to mention in particular Najib's unprecedented meeting with members of Dong Zong (United Chinese Schools Committees Association of Malaysia), long recognised as a Chinese education pressure group.

Najib's meeting with members of Hindu Rights Action Front also made the news. Both these events have put Najib ahead of his rivals in the opposition.

Najib is in his own league. His predecessors had never attempted something like this. Malaysian politics is replete with examples of such meetings between politicians and stakeholders that started with bold imagination but ended up with mild whimper. One hopes for positive outcomes from Najib's meetings.

Generally, however, fortune seems to smile upon Najib and Barisan Nasional.

Observers have stated that three events last month before the final JJD tour in Kuantan have skewed the outcome of the general election in favour of Najib -- the Sulu intrusion in Lahad Datu, 206th Police Day and Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

The three represented the unity of the people and the government to fight off the intrusion; the police and other security forces are prepared to meet all manner of threats to the country; and finally, the country is in a position to acquire the means and wherewithal to shore up its defences.

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