08 June 2012
| last updated at 06:54PM
PM: Transformation needs strong mandate from rakyat
KULIM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said the Barisan Nasional government needed a strong mandate from the rakyat to bring bigger and more significant transformation to the country.
He said the transformation programmes implemented in the past three years were just the beginning of bigger things to come but it could only be materialised if the BN government triumphed in the next general election.
As such, Najib told the 30,000 crowd at the Jelajah Janji Ditepati carnival at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park here today that BN need more than just a simple majority to form a stable and strong government to carry on with the transformation programmes.
"We have bigger plans to bring more development to Kedah and the country but we need to secure a strong majority," he said.
He said rakyat should not risked trusting the opposition as they had proven to have failed to deliver their election promises, citing an example the Kedah government.
He added that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the BN member of Parliaments and assemblymen had conveyed their wish for the government to bring more development in Kedah so it is up to the Kedah people to make a wiser choice in the next general election.
"Unlike them, we Barisan Nasional have delivered all the promises made in the 2012 Budget."
"We had promised to give Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), RM100 to each school students, books vouchers to university students, Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia and Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia, so have delivered them?" he asked the crowd who responded in a rousing "Yes".
Najib later dropped a hint that the government was considering on the possibility of giving another round of BR1M.
"Tengah pikiaq la ni..(We are thinking on it)," he said in a jest, much to the loud cheers from across the floor.
He later took a swipe at the opposition for trying to topple the government by force, citing the Bersih 3.0 rally as an example.
"The Opposition leader said Eqyption Islamic cleric Yusoff al-Qardawi have consented that it is legal to topple an oppressing government but that only applied in Egypt, Libya and Syria."
"It is not legal to use the fatwa (ruling) in Malaysia as we live in a peaceful and harmony nation, where the economic growth is strong unlike in those countries where the employment rate was at staggering 25 per cent," he added.
He said the government has taken many significant measures to create a just society by revoking the Internal Security Act and introducing the Peaceful Assembly Act but any gathering, including organised by the Opposition should be done in a peaceful manner.
Kedah is the third of the nine-stop nationwide tour of Najib's programme to meet the people of the ground which began in Batu Pahat, Johor and Kuching, Sarawak.
There were 90 booths, comprising 25 ministries, government agencies and three government-linked companies set-up for the event.
The carnival, organised by Media Prima and the Prime Minister's Department showcases the various 1Malaysia products and initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
Apart from static exhibitions, there are also more than 20 different types of activities, such as games and performances.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (left) received a warm welcome from villager of Kampung Air Merah at Al-Taufiq Air Merah mosque in Kulim. - Bernama pix