KUALA LUMPUR: Focus on internal party politics at your own peril. This was the message for Barisan Nasional component parties from BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.
He said leaders of BN parties must sense the pulse of the people and not be obsessed with internal politicking.
“Otherwise, BN might lose in the next general election.”
The prime minister was speaking to more than 4,000 people at the People’s Progressive Party’s 56th annual general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre.
Najib advised BN component party leaders not to be carried away in fighting for positions.
“Do not behave in such a manner that it creates dissatisfaction among the people. BN component parties must look at their weaknesses and make changes if they want to remain relevant.”
He said they could not bank on previous achievements and sentiment alone.
“We must make changes and cannot continue practising the business-as-usual approach. We must realise that people are demanding changes.
“The young voters are not those who are aware of the struggle for independence, not part of May 13 and did not fight against Malayan Union or the communists.
“It is not part of their memory as they only read about it in books. They are the ones who will decide the next government.”
Najib said BN leaders must go down to the ground and look at the issues faced by the people.
“By doing so, we can help them overcome their problems.”
He said BN component parties should not be fair-weather friends.
“Politics is like a marriage or friendship and there are ups and downs. But we must strengthen ourselves, don’t be arrogant and act realistically.”
Najib said BN component parties must look into their weaknesses and go back to the basics.
“We must work hard to get the (people’s) support. In politics, it is all about perception.
“If people think that we are arrogant, not concerned about them and misuse power, then they will not vote for us in the next general election.”
He said the 1Malaysia concept was not merely a slogan but the government’s policy to ensure that all races enjoyed equal success. “The success of an Indian student is the success of Malaysia. If a deserving Indian student does not get a place in university, it is a loss to Malaysia,” Najib said to long applause.
Source : NST