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Monday, 18 March 2013

PM Najib: PM: Big plans for M’sia should BN retain power

KLANG (March 17, 2013): With weeks to go to the 13th general election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has asked for the people's mandate to ensure the government's transformation programmes see fruition.

Najib, who became prime minister in 2009 after his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi resigned, said the coming election will be the first time he is contesting for the people's mandate.

"This is the first time I am contesting for your mandate, first time asking for your support," he said in his speech at the BN Pilihan Rakyat programme here.

Najib also promised "big plans" for the country should BN retain power.

"We have big plans for Malaysia, but our transformation agenda and policies will be destroyed without support for BN.

"What I promised (to the Indian community) will not happen if there is no support for BN," he said to a crowd of some 50,000, mostly Indians, at SMK Meru.

He slammed the opposition coalition's manifesto, saying that it does not hold water.

"The Selangor mentri besar (Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim) said the manifesto is not a promise. What is the value of their manifesto then?" he said to cheers.

"Their manifesto has no plan for the Indian community, because they have taken the Indian support for granted. The Indian community voted for the Opposition during the 2008 GE not because they wanted the Opposition, but because they wanted to teach BN a lesson.

"For the past four years and more we have put in place the changes and given allocations to help the Indian community," he said.

Najib said he is confident that with these changes the Indian community will not be fooled so easily again by the Opposition.

"We want the future to be brighter, not just any tomorrow, but a truly better tomorrow under the leadership of the BN," he thundered.

He also announced that the maximum number of subjects allowed for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will be 12.

This way, he said, anyone is free to sit for two additional subjects including Tamil language and Tamil literature.

Earlier, at the launch of the 1Million Women Purple Walk and 1Malaysia Komuniti Perwani initiative in Putrajaya, Najib called on women to be agents of change and transformation within their communities.

He said women can also serve as the eyes and ears of the government in fighting crime and protecting the nation from security threats.


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