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Najib: polls yet to be called to prove impact of transformation policies
Publication Date : 24-02-2013
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he had yet to call for the general election because he wants to prove to the House of Representatives that the policies introduced by his government over the past four years has impacted positively on them.
The prime minister said this was important because the House needs to judge the performance of his government, particularly since he assumed the premiership some four years ago.
"A few days ago it was reported that the country registered a phenomenal growth of 6.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2012.
"We have been registering impressive growth at a time when our neighbours Singapore recorded 1.5 per cent, the United States between 1 per cent and 2 per cent, Europe 0.5 per cent to 1 per cent and some nations at -3 per cent to -4 per cent," he said at the launch of the construction of 5,000 units of the Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA) project and the redevelopment of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu station here on Sunday.
Najib said Malaysia was one of the few countries, which had registered impressive growth worldwide and this was due to the sound policies introduced and implemented by the Barisan Nasional Government.
"I want the people to know that the government's transformation programmes have yielded the desired results and it was not empty talk. The people should be able to judge us now," he said.
Najib said Barisan's policy to put the people first was also evident in the many products introduced in recent times.
Among these he said were the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Klinik 1Malaysia, PR1MA and Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia.
"In total, there are 230 1Malaysia products which have been introduced for the rakyat.
“You need to have the ideas, creativity and effective implementation if you are sincere on helping the rakyat and the Barisan Government certainly has it," he said adding that the Opposition was only good at criticising the good work put in by Barisan.
He said the construction of some 5,000 PR1MA units here and another 6,000 units in North Seremban was also testimony to the sincerity of the Barisan Government to assist young professionals and households with income between 2,500 ringgit (US$800) and 7,500 ringgit ($2,400).
"These dwellings come at a discount of at least 20 per cent and will appreciate in the future.
“This clearly shows that the present government is committed in providing for all Malaysians irrespective of race or religion," he said that the units would be completed within the next two-and-a-half years.