KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today all component parties of the Barisan Nasional (BN) must undergo a self-evaluation exercise and be bold to make changes to overcome whatever weaknesses they have if they were to remain as a political party in future.
The prime minister also wanted the component parties to return to the party’s fundamentals, that is, to champion the cause of the people by understanding the pulse of the people, and not to be obsessed with politicking including to struggle for position for self-interest.
“I have said earlier that we should not take the attitude of ‘business as usual’ because the result of the 12th general election was not usual for the BN.
“We must also realise that the political environment has changed, the people are demanding for change, so we have to make changes. If we don’t change, we will fall. Therefore, every component party of the BN must undergo the (introspective) process that I have said earlier, to undertake self-evaluation,” he said.
Najib said this in his speech at the opening of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here.
He said the introspective process was compulsory for all component parties, regardless whether they were small or big because each one had a role and responsibility to play in strengthening BN as a political institution.
As a political party in a country that practised parliamentary democracy, BN members, especially the party leaders, must return to basics, that is to feel the pulse of the people, by getting down on the ground, he said.
“That’s why, when I took over as prime minister, I introduced the ‘walk-about’ approach…if we can feel the people’s pulse, the BN will always remain in the people’s heart,” Najib said.
As such, the prime minister wanted all BN members, particularly the party leaderships, to continue to work hard, including to correct the people’s perception on the party so as to regain their confidence in the party.
At the same time, Najib reminded party members not to be carried away by internal party politics to the extent that they forgot their responsibility to the people.
“What must be avoided is the ‘inward-looking’ attitude to the extent that they are prepared to do anything at all to gain party position, although they know that they don’t have the support of the people.
“It’s okay if we have to sacrifice ourselves, because we personally are not important. What is important is the party…This attitude must be adopted if we want to take the party forward,” he said.
The PPP General Assembly this time around is being attended by 4,103 delegates nationwide who are responsible in electing the top party leadership line-up, including the posts of vice-presidents and Supreme Council members.
Nine candidates are vying for the three posts of vice-presidents while 29 candidates are contesting for the 25 seats in the party’s Supreme Council.
Datuk M.Kayveas remains as the party president when the post was not contested. He has held the post since 1993.
Source : Bernama