Vote BN to maintain peace, harmony: DPM

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today spoke about “Malaysia then and now” to highlight Barisan Nasional’s (BN) accomplishments, during his campaign to touch base with the Malay community here.

Speaking to more than 1,200 BN supporters in the Pasir Panjang state constituency, he said Malaysia has achieved all that it has today because of BN’s efforts and urged the people not to forget the services of the government.

“The Opposition will always say that development in Malaysia is unfair and that it helps only one race and neglects others.

“You can see for yourselves whether the allegations hurled at the government are true,” Muhyiddin said.

Stressing that Perak is one of the states in the country that has reduced its poverty rate, he said this could only be achieved under BN.

Pointing to the growing economy in the country, Muhyiddin compared how people lived 30 years ago to the living standards today.

“This is the reason all of you should vote for BN. All these years, people have lived comfortably and peacefully.

“Do you want to change this situation? Do you want a country with chaos and disharmony?” he asked.

Muhyiddin said the Opposition’s cries for change (ubah) will not work, because the people are comfortable with what they have now.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants a team that can contribute to his transformation policies

OBVIOUSLY the loss of its two-thirds parliamentary majority meant that more than 75 seats in the last Parliament were not held by Barisan Nasional (BN). Simple arithmetic, therefore, would dictate that 33 per cent of the BN candidates for the coming general election should be new faces because those who lost in 2008 cannot be offered again.

The overriding fact is that Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the BN chairman, wants a team that can contribute effectively to his transformation policies and take the country out of the middle-income economic trap. And, in trying to restore the absolute majority that has been the governing coalition’s pleasure all these years, his strategy must be to field winners.

These two goals together would dictate the need for candidates that have much expertise to offer in building the nation and that the voters can trust. The latter is not the easiest when deciding on new faces and yet they are necessary to BN’s succession plan. Herein is where the veterans have a special role to play, that is, to gracefully step down from their safe seats and make way for new blood. The BN line-up must look its part as a party that will usher in the future successfully, oozing with confidence, one from which the prime minister-elect is spoilt for choice when putting his cabinet together.

Indeed, there is ultimately a need for a good mix of the wise and the knowledgeable; the conventional and the radical; and, the established and the novel. However, one aspect of politics that ought to be phased out is the wheeling and dealing that has so often thwarted change and caused disillusionment among voters. The BN chief, in anticipating possible protests from these elements, has said that any unhappiness should be nursed only for 24 hours and then it must be business as usual: the local party machinery cranked up and immediately running to carry the candidate, local or otherwise, forward.

BN is a mature and stable coalition. Already, seats are being swapped by component parties in recognition of demographic changes, a clear indication that the imperative is winning, and winning big. Given this atmosphere, there is little fear of disgruntled voices disrupting the unity that has withstood five years of recriminations since March 8, 2008. Rather, the much anticipated moment to redeem past mistakes is here. Anyone out to stir the hornet’s nest will have no support. The priority for BN leaders and workers is to remind the country that the coalition has delivered peace and prosperity without fail.

MALAYSIA HEADS FOR CLOSELY CONTESTED POLLS ON MAY 5

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will hold general elections on May 5, the government said on Wednesday, in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition’s 56-year grip on power in Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy.

Opinion polls suggest a narrow victory for the National Front led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under pressure to restore the two-thirds majority the coalition lost for the first time in 2008.

Najib Tun Razak ended months of speculation when he called for the poll last week, less than a month before the end of the parliamentary term.

Najib Tun Razak says he needed time to show the impact of his economic transformation program, but critics say the delay was a sign of indecision that kept financial markets on edge.

He told reporters after meeting coalition leaders in Kuala Lumpur that he wanted to form a “strong and viable” government at the national and state level.

Najib Tun Razak  faces a confident opposition led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, whose Peoples’ Alliance won five of Malaysia’s 13 states in 2008 and has the best chance of toppling the coalition in Malaysia’s post-colonial history.

Najib has to perform better than 2008; if the result is worse, there could be internal challenges against his rule,” said Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in neighboring Singapore.

“For Anwar, it’s another old battle. If he doesn’t make it this time, his age will catch up with him and he won’t be a viable opposition for the next general election,” he said.

The May 5 poll could be 65-year-old Anwar’s last chance to lead a fractious alliance that includes Muslim conservatives and ethnic Chinese minorities. His alliance wants to tap into a growing desire for faster political and economic reform.

The ringgit currency rose to its highest level since January 21 after the New Straits Times leaked the polling dates earlier on Wednesday. It appreciated 0.4 percent to 3.0245 to the dollar, also due to continuous bond inflows. Financial markets were otherwise mostly unchanged, with the Kuala Lumpur Stock index up 0.2 percent at the midday break.

VOTING CONCERNS

Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Aziz Yusof said candidates will be nominated on April 20, meaning roughly a two-week campaigning period. That falls short of the 21-day campaigning period sought by the electoral reform group, Bersih.

“I disagree that it will be a dirty election,” Abdul Aziz told reporters in Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya.

Bersih wants electoral rolls cleaned up and equal media access to all parties. Recent Bersih protests often ended in clashes with riot police, prompting the government to meet some demands for change such as allowing overseas voting.

“The Election Commission has made a lot of positive steps towards meeting the demands placed by civil society and also pro-democracy voices here in Malaysia,” said Ibrahim Suffian, head of respected pollster the Merdeka Centre.

“But there remains fundamental concerns about the reliability of our voters’ list,” he said.

Defying electoral rules, parties from both sides have already been campaigning, courting voters across Malaysia with party banners and rallies and setting out populist manifestos.

The National Front and the opposition are both targeting the 2.4 million first-time voters, nearly a fifth of Malaysia’s eligible voters, with promises of reform and handouts.

GE13: BN MANIFESTO A RAY OF HOPE FOR PEOPLE

KUALA LUMPUR, The Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Saturday night left the audience hopeful that Malaysia will remain prosperous under the leadership of the BN government.

With promises of various incentives and opportunities, many individuals met after the assembly said the manifesto meets their aspirations to ensure their continuous wellbeing.

Atan Sampol, 56, a former village head from Perak, said quality health services and implementation of the privilege card system for discount on medication were most helpful, especially for senior citizens.

“The discount card lessens their burden by allowing them to obtain medication at reasonable prices,” he told Bernama after the launch of the BN manifesto here.

N. Manogaran, 52, an estate supervisor from Perak, said the manifesto promised more for the people compared to the previous one.

“For example, affordable housing will not only help the low-income group to own a home but also those who are just starting to earn an income,” he said.

For How Tai San, 51, a private sector employee from Wangsa Maju, the promise for a more effective public transportation was something city residents looked forward to.

Norini Ali, 42, from Muadzam Shah, said as a mother to four school-going children, BN’s call to strive for academic excellence was pleasant to hear.

“The introduction of a scheme to own a laptop with internet access makes me realise how lucky my children are at a time when there is fierce competition in academics,” she said.

Adila Abu Bakar, 35, from Batu Pahat, Johor, said the BN manifesto did not forget women and placed them as a mover of the economy.

“Although I am a housewife, with the opportunity promised by the government to set up a business and incentive to work from home, women like myself including single mothers can be more independent,” she said.

The Great Achievements of Najib Razak

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Najib Razak was born into the family of politicians and was given a chance to lead the people quite early in life, when his father passed away. Najib was at a ripe age of 22, and he became the youngest member of the Malaysian parliament. He had the leadership blood in him being born in the Razak family and thus he never had trouble in working for the people and leading them towards development. He was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister, in the year 2004, which was exactly 47 years after his father had been appointed at the same post.

Being educated at St. John’s Institution which is a great institution in Kuala Lumpur and then at the Malvern Boy’s College in Worcestershire, England, he also earned a degree in Industrial Economics from the Nottingham University. Once he returned to Malaysia in the year 1974, Najib Razak joined the corporate world, when he started working with the Bank Negara (or the Central Bank) and later he moved to work with PETRONAS (the national petroleum corporation) as the in charge of as a Public Affairs. But due to the death of his father, Tun Abd Razak, his life took a turn which even he was not prepared for.

But then he had the quality of a fighter and a leader running in his blood, and thus it was not much time before he quickly adapted to the public life when he joined the Parliament. Within some time of his joining the parliament he was able to prove his credibility along with his capability as a politician to the people along with his colleagues. During the very first year of his joining as the MP, he was appointed at the post of Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts, and then he was given charge of Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Finance.

At the age of 29, he became the Menteri Besar of Pahang, after he won the elections for the state assembly elections of Pekan. Pahang, being the biggest state in Peninsular Malaysia was a first great achievement for Najib. Najib was able to tone down the political crisis that Pahang was going through as he was welcomed to the Pahang Royal Court (as he had inherited the title of the Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar). The crisis was solved and toned down and then Najib moved towards strengthening the whole education of the state of Pahang.

From working with the youths to promote education and sports amongst the people of Pahang, to promoting a new land scheme with the help of FELDA, the Federal Land Development Authority, he worked towards providing a new way to earn money for the landless and the people in the lower income group. He was the prime mover to change the way of games in the country and was an important part of the delegate which brought the SEA games to the country. He has also been part of the Human Rights commission along with the Election Commission of the country.

Vote for BN This Election

It seems more and more likely that a general election will be called soon. In the last general election, the ruling  Barisan Nasional regime was returned to power with over 90% of the Parliamentary seats. Why should we vote for Barisan Nasional this time?

  • BN will defend the Constitution. In BN, everyone is united behind the Constitution — no questioning the rights of this or that community which are enshrined in the Constitution, no sirree!
  • ·         BN will not treat the country like their personal fiefdom. Unlike some opposition parties which think Malaysia belongs to Allah/Anwar/Altantuya, BN firmly believes that the country belongs to the People
  • Haven’t you realised how much BN politicians sacrifice to serve the people? How on earth could they have the time and energy to develop a coterie of parasites living off the largesse of the rakyat‘s money through contracts for shoddy and unnecessary projects?
  • BN will uplift the economically disadvantaged Bumiputra community. Many have argued that BN’s pet policy to achieve this goal, the New Economic Policy, is not working, as it is not bearing any fruit; things are not much better for the Bumiputras despite 30 years of the NEP
  •  Our brave and courageous leaders in BN are willing to forge a new path and do something no other country dares to do
  • BN will continue to develop and improve our education system so it can produce thinking and creative Malaysians.
  • BN shares power with all its component parties.
  • if you re-elect BN with a larger majority, you can be assured that the government will lock them up with its powers under the state of emergency that has been in force for 40 years to ensure they can never harm the country again.
  • if we re-elect BN, they will be able to continue serving us — unlike those arrogant egoists in the opposition who make a big fuss out of spending years in jail for criticising our wise and benevolent BN government.
  • BN will get tough on crime
  • BN is not arrogant or self-serving. It certainly does not let power go to its head, and its leaders continue to make major sacrifices
  • BN will ensure zero poverty in Malaysia. You might remember that the number one reason BN has been so successful in its stewardship of the country is because of how they have developed our economy
  • Last but not least, BN will be fair and honest with all Malaysians. They will not discriminate against any class of Malaysians because of race or religion.

 

Malaysia PM Najib Tun Razak calls general election

Malaysia is set for its most contested general election since independence in 1957 after Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak dissolved parliament on Wednesday.
The poll will define the pace of economic and political reform in the resources-rich southeast Asian nation. The election commission must set a date for the poll, with April 20 being one possibility.

Investors have been unnerved by the uncertainty surrounding the election. The poll pits a resurgent opposition coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim against Mr Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled uninterrupted for the past 56 years.

Malaysian equities fell on the news, with the Kuala Lumpur Stock Index down 1.2 per cent by midday at 1,664.58. The market has been one of the worst performers in Asia this year amid election uncertainty.

Malaysia is a moderate Muslim state and a key US ally. Its politics have long been dominated by the United National Malays Organisation (Umno) party, which represents the majority Malay population in the ethnically mixed population of 28m.

Mr Najib tun razak, who heads Umno, has presided over robust growth since embarking on a sweeping economic programme in 2010. The economy grew by 5.6 per cent last year, making Malaysia one of the best performers in Asia.
Foreign investors have been cheered by initiatives that aim to double per capita gross domestic product to $15,000 by 2010, and fiscal reforms that will gradually wean the country off fuel and food subsidies.But the pace of reforms could be called into question if, as political observers expect, Umno and its coalition partners only scrape a narrow victory.

Barisan faces an uphill struggle to improve on its showing at the last election in 2008, when it was robbed of its two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time. That led the party in 2009 to replace then-prime minister Abdullah Badawi with Mr Najib Tun Razak, the son of a former Malaysian prime minister.

An opposition win would propel to power a coalition whose economic policies are untested, which has also unsettled investors.
Warning that Malaysia’s “national transformation” was “still a story half-told”, Mr Najib said the country risked “losing out” if Barisan Nasional were not re-elected.

“If we do not keep up the pace of reform, we risk losing out,” Mr Najib Tun Razak said in a televised address. “But with a strong mandate, we can continue. So today, I ask you to let me finish the job: to vote for progress, not against it.”
To shore up support from lower-income, rural workers and government employees, Mr Najib Tun Razak has in recent weeks stepped up a campaign of cash handouts. This week he announced M$1,000 (US$320) bonuses for 40,000 employees of Petronas, the state-owned oil and gas company, for “contributing to nation-building”.

However, the ruling coalition is vulnerable amid widespread dissatisfaction with corruption and alleged cronyism after decades of Umno rule.
“This is the first election in Malaysia’s history when the electorate will have a clear choice over whether to keep the longest running coalition in the world in power,” said Bridget Welsh, a Malaysia expert at Singapore Management University.

Asked in an interview with the FT last week if his government was doing enough to tackle corruption, Mr Najib Tun Razak said: “It is a scourge and we all have to fight it, and it’s going to be a hard battle.”
The opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which is made up of three parties, is seen as better organised than at the last election in 2008, political observers say.

Both sides are wooing a wave of young, new voters who could prove decisive in some battleground states such as Selangor on peninsular Malaysia’s west coast.
An estimated 3m young people – more than 10 per cent of the population – have registered as first-time voters. That is a 25 per cent increase in the number of new voters at the last election and the biggest such rise since Malaysia won independence from Britain.

Barisan currently holds 137 seats in the 222-seat parliament, with Pakatan Rakyat on 75. The rest are held by independents. To win power, either coalition must secure 112 seats, with key battleground states expected to be Johor, opposite Singapore, Selangor, Perak and Kedah.