Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his policy speech said as of November, the government has achieved 97.6 per cent delivery of the manifesto through 17 initiatives and 156 strategic initiatives. Pix by Yusni Ariffin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government is close to achieving 100 per cent success in delivering its pledges from the 13th General Election Manifesto.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that as of November, the government has achieved 97.6 per cent delivery of the manifesto through 17 initiatives and 156 strategic initiatives.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said the ruling coalition is still carrying out the remainder of its promises.

He announced this while delivering his policy address at the party's annual general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

In his speech, Najib said Umno's approach in developing the country is in line with Islamic teachings propagated by religious leaders of the past.

Citing an example, Najib said Umno practises persuasive and unifier politics similar to the leadership approach by Caliph Umar Al-Khatab when opening Palestine after the Yarmuk War triumph, which saw the defeat of the Roman Empire.

"We should learn leadership lessons from the opening of Palestine by Caliph Umar in winning the hearts and minds of the people," he said.

He also reminded Umno and BN leaders to emulate the "jihad" principles of previous Islamic leaders who worked hard to draw their strategies before rolling out their plan.

"Jihad is not just about reciting prayers, it involves strategising and implementation. Jihad is not just all about waging war or wielding the sword, but is also about managing the affairs of this world and the afterlife.

"This is what Umno is doing, as the pillar of the BN government, over the past six decades," he said.

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