KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Barisan Nasional (BN) can win the next General Election (GE) if he gets the support to pursue his transformation programmes, and if the component parties stop infighting and are united.
“If we focus on constructive rather than destructive politics, we will succeed. If we focus on work instead of believing and spreading rumours, spins and half-truths, we will succeed,” said the BN chairman in his latest posting in his blog NajibRazak.com in answering claims that the BN will lose at the next GE.
In his blog, Najib Sunday listed 13 allegations and claims that have been hurled at him and the government, along with his response on them.
Among the issues touched were on the death of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) and affirmative action measures for the Bumiputeras.
Najib said while everyone was free to criticise him and list all his “failures”, it was also important to recognise “how far we have come in the last six years, in order to have a fair view of things.”
Najib said “improvements are happening before our eyes”, but he knew that “many would of course rather look at the bad and continue to harp on never ending rumours, half-truths and spins.”
“They continue to believe that the ‘end is nigh’ and that the Opposition will win. These are claims that have been made over and over again in the last five decades and yet we are still here,” said the UMNO President.
Najib said the Transformation Programmes launched by his administration five years ago were bearing fruit.
“It is finally happening and I am very excited that we are starting to see the see the impact. This is what actually matters to the people.
“Our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has been growing around five to six per cent since I took over and we are well on our way to achieving a developed economy by 2020,” he said.
Despite facing a setback due to the fall in crude oil price which weakened the value of the Ringgit, Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said Malaysia had been able to persevere due to its strong fundamentals, reserves accumulated in recent years and diversified revenue streams rather than being over-reliant on oil.
Najib also said that Malaysia had also reached “our best ever independent scoring on corruption in the past 10 years based on the Transparency International Index.”
“My administration has seen the highest ever Foreign Direct Investment. Our debt-to-GDP ratio is decelerating in growth and our budget deficit is decreasing year on year,” he said.
Najib said Malaysia had reached an all time high in the World Economic Forum’s most competitive economy index, overtaking Australia, France, Austria and South Korea.
“We reached an all-time high in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index. All three major credit rating agencies have maintained a favourable investment grade for Malaysia,” he added.
The Prime Minister said Malaysia continued to have a surplus in trade, its healthcare recognised as one of the best and most affordable in the region.
Najib said most of the projects for the rakyat (people) were taking shape, including PR1MA affordable houses having already been given out with more to come, and the economy opening up 1.5 new million jobs in the last five years, making Malaysia’s unemployment rate amongst lowest in the world.
He noted that the Greater KL plan had taken shape, with more townships being developed and homes being built and economic corridors like Iskandar Malaysia seeing infrastructure, houses, factories and community areas being developed.
Meantime, he said the Pan Borneo highway was finally taking shape and will be a major economic catalyst for Sabah and Sarawak just like the PLUS highway for Peninsular Malaysia.
“These are all projects, initiatives and efforts by my administration to develop this nation,” he said.
Meanwhile, touching on claims that he did worse as UMNO President compared to his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib said in the last general elections (GE13), BN won 11 state governments compared to nine in the previous GE.
“We regained Kedah, maintained Terengganu and solidified our position in Perak. UMNO won more seats in GE13 when compared to GE12,” he said.
Najib said to fully turn around BN, he need time, and the impact of the Transformation Programme that is already happening will assure the people that the BN-led government is able to deliver on its promises.