MO,11/3/2018, PAGOH: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged the people not be taken in by the Opposition’s empty promises. He described the Opposition as “Pakatan Hypocrite” and their election promises as “poisoned honey” (madu beracun). In clear reference to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is named as the Opposition alliance’s prime minister candidate, Najib told the voters not to elect a 93-year-old back into power.
“Now, they want to limit the prime minister’s tenure to two terms. “However, this was not the case in the past when he ruled for 22 years, or five-and-a-half terms. “Let’s wait and see if Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is in his second term, is retiring in the coming election,” he said at the launch of the national Barisan Pemuda and Puteri election machinery here yesterday.
Najib later repeated his comments on his blog najibrazak.com, adding: “I wish Lim Guan Eng a happy retirement.” The launch, which was attended by thousands of people, was held next to the Pribumi office. On the Registrar of Societies (RoS) ordering Pribumi to submit minutes of meetings at the branch, division and central levels, Najib asked how the party is supposed to run the country when it is not in order itself. “In the past they described one of their partners as chauvinistic, which is anti-Islam.
“Now, they are supporting each other,” he said. Najib expressed confidence that Barisan would be able to resolve the water issues in Selangor once it wrests the state back. “If Barisan is able to build the Mass Rapid Transit system that uses driverless trains, this water issue can be resolved,” he said. Najib also announced that there would be a specific chapter for the younger generation in Barisan’s election manifesto for GE14.
He said it would cover an array of aspects, including knowledge, salary and income, job opportunities, housing and lifestyle of the young. He urged the young to continue supporting Barisan in GE14, adding that Barisan was always committed to fulfilling its election promises. “We have a specific agenda for the young. We are a party that is not focusing on current times, but also the future and the next generation,” he added.
Najib also wanted Barisan to keep Pagoh, which is currently held by Pribumi’s Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the former deputy prime minister who was expelled from Umno in 2016. Later in the day, Najib announced an allowance hike for People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members in recognition of their contributions and loyalty to the Government at Rela’s 46th anniversary celebration held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park in Serdang.
The hourly allowance for Rela members would be raised from RM6 to RM8, and from RM7.80 to RM9.90 for Rela officers. The uniform allocation for Rela this year would also be increased from RM100mil to RM120mil, he added. Najib said the country’s 3.05 million Rela members played an important role to help maintain the country’s peace and security.
“Over the years, Rela’s role has been widened from providing traffic management and security at public events to helping the police and other authorities to protect the country’s borders from smugglers and human traffickers,” he said.