PORT DICKSON, March 24 (Bernama) — With the general election looming, the opposition will resort to all kind of tricks in trying to win the people’s support, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said they would hurl all kinds of allegations against the government, twist facts and would even resort to fabricating issues in trying to draw support.
“I see a lot of the issues raised by the opposition are not based on fact but are “auta” (hot air). Unlike the Barisan Nasional (BN) government which is not in a popularity contest,” he told some 30,000 guests who attended a 1Malaysia luncheon at the Port Dickson Administration Office’s field here today.
Also present was Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
He said the opposition hurled accusations like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) given to the people was “haram”, that the government was borrowing money to make the BR1M payments and that it was politcal corruption but when the register of BR1M recipients was opened, it was opposition members who turned up in droves to claim the money, sometimes numbering more than BN supporters.
“But if you want to accuse the money is haram, don’t accept it…no shame! This why I say they are “auta”…”auta” BRIM. The government is giving back money to the people because we have administered the country well.
“As a caring government, we must do the best for the people. And in the parliamentary democracy system we are practising, it is incumbent of the government to gain the confidence of the people,” he said.
Najib said in the last three years, the people got to see changes after changes brought by the government, such as key policies like the GTP (Government Transformation Programme, ETP (Economic Transformation Programme), PTP (Political Transformation Programme), RTP (Rural Transformation Programme) and others.
“Of the aid we have given directly to the people, the BR1M has been the most popular.
“It is my belief that by what the government has done through these major policy changes, projects to change the economic landscape locally and nationally and provision of direct aid to the people, the people’s confidence in the Barisan Nasional government has increased manifold,” he said.
At the event, the prime minister also announced an allocation of RM5 million to build a swimming pool at the Army’s camp here.
Source : Bernama