KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last night promised to redouble efforts to improve the quality of life of every worker in the country if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a strong mandate in Sunday’s general election to govern the nation.
He said the BN government would also ensure employment for every Malaysian wanting to work and provide ample access to them to upgrade their job skills in efforts to help increase their income.
“I and my colleagues will ensure the services and contributions of every worker are valued and appreciated by providing a conducive and congenial working environment for them and their families to lead a happy life in this blessed and beloved nation,” he said in his Workers’ Day message themed “Workers Catalyst for Nation’s Transformation” aired over RTM last night.
Najib said the 13 million Malaysian workers have many reasons to be thankful and grateful to God, among them, low unemployment rate in the country, only 3.3 per cent in January this year as compared to advanced nations like Spain, which registered 26.2 per cent,
Euro Zone (12 per cent), France (10.7 per cent) the United States (7.9 per cent) and Australia (5.4 per cent).
Najib said that unlike the opposition, the BN was capable of fulfilling its promises and would continue to do if given the mandate to govern at the national and state levels.
That was why the BN used the term “aku janji” (pledge) because it would fulfil whatever was promised to the people, he said.
“The opposition said that a manifesto is not a promise…if it’s not, why table a manifesto? It’s a waste of time. That’s why we (BN) do not use a manifesto because the opposition has tarnished (the word) manifesto.
“We use pledge…promise to the people and even higher, our promise is judged by God. That’s why I say that today is better than yesterday, tomorrow will be filled with hope and light,” he said.
Najib gave a commitment that the BN government would continue to bring Malaysians to a better future if they continued to give it their mandate to lead the country.
Najib said that the various initiatives introduced by the BN government, like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BRIM), were proof of the party’s achievement in keeping its promises and bringing development to the people.
The initiatives had shown that the national transformation programme introduced by the BN government was better than the opposition’s call for reformation.
The people already realised that “reformation” was only connected to, among others, meaningless street demonstrations, resulting in the “call” not geting response now, he said.
Najib said that prior to this, the BN government had made a mistake but it had learnt from it and would not repeat it in championing the people’s lot and bringing change to the country.
To ensure that Malaysia continued to progress and succeed, the people must choose individuals with vision for the country, unlike the opposition which was only good at making promises, he added.
“Not just vision, careful and systemic planning (are needed) too. Choose people capable of implementing change, not people who make empty promises,” he said.
Najib also that the government built schools and prepared the syllabus to educate children to be useful beings.
“We build schools so that our children have high morals, obey the law and respect the aged and people of the same faith as well as non-Muslims, not to revile, which could destroy the society’s values.
“A nation is developed not because of its buildings but because (its citizens) have high morals. That’s why we want to carry out transformation.”
The construction of “beautiful” schools was proof that the BN government had carried out transformation, Najib said, noting that many developing countries regarded schools in Malaysia as universities. – Bernama #myvote13 #ge13