PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional leaders must re-invent their political style to ensure their approach is more people-oriented, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said changes must be made not only to themselves but also to the party so that the country and its people can continue to prosper.
Najib said Barisan leaders must not remain in their comfort zones; instead they should make changes in the way â€œthey do politics so that it will always be about people, people and people.â€
â€œThe Barisan-led government must ensure that programmes implemented are based on the rakyatâ€™s needs so that we continue to be close to their hearts.
â€œIf we fail to meet challenges effectively, we will pay dearly in the next general election.
â€œBarisan must not allow a disconnect between the peopleâ€™s and the Governmentâ€™s aspirations,â€ he said at the launch of a political book entitled New Politics — Towards A Mature Malaysian Democracy.
The book, penned by Deputy Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, touches on integrity, new governance and the rise of civil society.
Najib said in implementing changes and introducing new policies, the Government needed representatives who were not only able but also knowledgable.
â€œLeaders need to be â€˜glocalâ€™ in their thinking, meaning they have to have ideas which transcend the nationâ€™s boundaries but at the same time, remain deeply rooted and loyal to the country.
â€œThey also need to be results-oriented as the people no longer want to hear rhetoric but want to see visible results,â€ he said.
Najib said the Government was aware the rakyat (people) longed for changes and that in a democratic system, it was the people who solely determined which party would form the government.
Source : The Star