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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated the national football team for defeating Singapore 2-1 in Group A of the SEA Games football competition at the Shah Alam Stadium last night.

“What a comeback ! Congratulations Malaysian football team ! #BangkitBersama #Malaysia #Negaraku#Kebanggaanku #KL2017,” said Najib on his Twitter.

In the second Group A match, Malaysia  beat Singapore and registered their second consecutive win through goals scored by  Muhamad Nor Azam Abdul Azih and N.Thanabalan.

Despite the win, which increased the number of points to six, Malaysia remained in second spot behind Myanmar who also registered their second consecutive win by beating Laos 3-1 in another Group A match played at the UiTM Stadium here.

Malaysia will play against Myanmar on Aug 21, before completing their Group A fixtures against Laos on Aug 23. – BERNAMA

MACHANG – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has outlined three principles that could help Barisan Nasional emerge victorious in the 14th General Election (GE14).

He said first and foremost, members must embrace the spirit of Barisan’s struggle and toe the line while remaining loyal to the leadership.

“If we practise these three principles, Insya Allah (God willing), GE14 is ours,” he said at the Oghe Mache (people of Machang) Meet-the-PM session and launching ceremony of the RM75mil People’s Housing Project at SMK Bandar Machang yesterday.

Also, Najib praised PAS for displaying a high-level of political maturity, because the party does not blindly attack others without checking facts first.

He expressed his gratitude to the PAS leadership for checking the facts with 1MDB president Arul Kanda before announcing its positive view of the sovereign wealth fund’s rationalisation plan.

“It shows that PAS puts the interests of the rakyat and nation first.

“It does not attack for the sake of attacking an opponent.

“It embraces the principles of tabbayun (to check and verify news and information before accepting it as true), where they meticulously check facts before forming an opinion,” he said.

He also commended PAS for breaking ties with DAP.

Earlier when launching the housing scheme, Najib said the RM75mil allocated was to build 418 units on a 16ha plot in Batu 25 Machang.

He said the Government subsidised between RM80,000 and RM120,000 for each unit, which was sold for RM35,000 to buyers earning below RM3,000 a month.

He said the Government has built 1,000 such units in Kota Bharu.

Najib also announced a RM8.5mil allocation to improve infrastructure and amenities in Machang.

This includes RM5mil for the building of rural roads, RM2mil for social amenities and RM1.53mil to upgrade mosques and surau.

“The allocation is also for the refurbishing of 100 houses belonging to poor folk, repairing drains and fixing damaged rural roads,” he said.

Najib said this was an immediate response to a request by Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub for extra allocations to improve the infrastructure and facilities in the district.

In an earlier speech, Ahmad Jazlan said the people of Machang hoped to see greater development, as the district was neither under the purview of the South Kelantan Development Board nor the Kelantan Agriculture Development Board.

Among those present was International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who is also MP for Jeli.

Afterwards, Najib opened a new building worth RM57mil at Hospital Jeli.

Construction was completed last year and the new building has two operating theatres and 56 beds, among other amenities.

Najib said that although Kelantan has been under PAS rule for 27 years, the Government puts the interests of the rakyat before politics.

Also present was Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – The government will continue its reform programmes which have been hailed by experts around the world to have served the people and to ensure that Malaysia continues its journey towards becoming a high-income nation, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said he would do his best for the nation although it was always a challenge for him as prime minister.

“I will not shed from my responsibility for as long as the people want me to continue to lead this country. I will do my best. I ensure you there is a fair government and a government which will steer towards a better nation,” he said in his keynote address at the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) Economic Forum 2017, here, today.

However, the prime minister said the government would not be a populist government just to win favour or support from the people.

“But we don’t mind you supporting us for the next general election,” he said.

Najib said it was difficult for him to fulfil all requests from various parties or people who came with high hopes when meeting him including at his office in Parliament building.

But the prime minister said people should be mindful that he would not always be able to realise the expectations of those hoping to see whatever they wanted to be approved.

“That is always a challenge of holding this office,” he said, vowing nonetheless that he would do his best for the country.

In his speech, Najib also touched on the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) plan with the general goal of positioning Malaysia as a top-20 country in the world by 2050.

“We have been taking a bottom-up approach instead of a top-down one in drawing up the TN50 implementation plan because we want the new vision to be felt by the people – for it to be theirs.

“I welcome all your suggestions and I encourage you to think outside the box in helping us realise collectively our plan and mission for the future,” he said.

Najib also took a swipe at opposition politicians who were scaremongering and spreading lies for their own selfish political reasons.

He said they did so because they did not have the good of Malaysia and its people at heart.

“And let me also remind you that the same opposition politicians who warn about Chinese investments are the same politicians who want to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) – with no answers at all about how they would find the RM41 billion in revenue that GST brought in last year,” he said. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not be able to cause a split between him and his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said this was because the Pakatan Harapan chairman failed to understand that he and Zahid were close and had gone through “thick and thin” together since 1986.

“Zahid and I had been together a long time. We had went through thick and thin together.

“I had even fought for Zahid at his division, when he was challenged by his then Bagan Datuk Umno division chief.

Najid said as the Umno Youth chief then, he went to Bagan Datuk and gave a fiery speech defending Zahid.

“Later, he won (that year’s division election) with 11 votes. This had led Zahid’s division chief to complain to Tun Ghafar Baba, saying that it was because of the ‘useless’ Youth chief’s speech.”

“But I don’t care, because Zahid is my brother in Umno,” he told party delegates and members at the launch of Shah Alam Umno division delegates meeting, here today.

Najib said because of this, he would never believed the accusation that Zahid had met with Dr Mahathir to topple him.

He later claimed that Dr Mahathir, when in power, had used the now repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) against Zahid, who was the Umno Youth chief then, to force him to relinquish his post in the party.

“He (Dr Mahathir) then sent two Special Branch officers to see Zahid, and told him to sign a resignation letter if he want to cut short the detention period.

“Can you imagine, he forced Zahid, who was elected by delegates, to resign.

“But, when he thought everything was over, the officers returned the next day. This time, they told him to sign another letter that said he had relinquished his post willingly and without any pressure.

“This was akin to holding a gun to his head. So, when Zahid was accused of meeting Dr Mahathir after he was appointed as the DPM to topple me…impossible. I have full confidence in my deputy,” said Najib.

In his speech earlier, Najib also chided Dr Mahathir, who helmed Umno for 22 years, for trying to destroy the party.

He said even if Dr Mahathir has issues with him, the latter should not betrayed the party’s struggle.

He said while having differences was normal, Dr Mahathir seemed to have problems with everyone in Umno since Tunku Abdul Rahman’s time.

This, Najib added, even included Tun Hussein Onn who had appointed Dr Mahathir as prime minister.

“Since that time, he had issues with Tunku. Even Tun Hussein, who had appointed him as PM, he spoke ill behind their back.

“Who else? Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah), Musa (Tun Musa Hitam), Anwar (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim), Pak Lah (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi), Tun Ghafar (Baba) who he set aside just like that…

“Only Tun Razak he did not have the chance to, he waited for Tun Razak’s son.

“There’s so many people he had issues with, were all of them wrong? So he was the only one who is right?” -NST

KUALA LUMPUR – The various initiatives of the government to strengthen the national economy have borne fruit and proved wrong the allegations condemning Malaysia as a failed state, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

The Prime Minister said the government’s far-sighted economic plan and proactive measures to implement important decisions had strengthened the nation’s economic resilience to face external challenges.

“The proof is that the Gross Domestic Product recorded a growth of 5.6 per cent for the first quarter of 2017. This performance is supported mainly by public sector spending,” said Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, when replying to an oral question in the Dewan Rakyat.

He was replying Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) who had wanted the Finance Minister to state the probability that Malaysia will achieve high-income status by 2020 after taking into account the projection of Bank Negara Malaysia that the country’s economy will recover strongly this year and the projection of the International Monetary Fund that the world economy is recovering.

Najib said the IMF recently revised the country’s economic growth forecast for 2017 from 4.5 per cent to 4.8 per cent while the World Bank forecast the GDP growth to be 4.9 per cent compared to its original forecast of 4.3 per cent.

As such, he said, the government would continue to implement various initiatives to ensure that all economic sectors remained resilient and competitive at the domestic and global levels for the country’s economy to remain strong.

“This includes diversifying the sources of government revenue, reducing dependence on oil and gas revenues, providing a conducive environment to attract foreign and domestic investment, boosting trade and productivity, and strengthening the nation’s innovative and technological capabilities,” he said.

Replying to a supplementary question, from Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR-Pematang Pauh), on allegations of the nation’s economy not stimulating and the national debt rising, Najib said the national debt was under control.

He said the government would introduce measures in the best interests of the people as well as ensure that they derive benefit from these initiatives.

“In the coming months, more measures will be introduced. As a government, we will do the best for the people. However, we cannot promise unreasonable things, what is usually offered as candy by the opposition to please the people because we know that no government can implement these,” he said.

On Wan Azizah’s question pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Berhad debts, Najib said it was a technical matter and would not affect the confidence in the nation’s economy. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – In view of the upcoming 14th general election (GE14), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged more than 3.7 million Malaysians who have yet to register as voters to immediately do so because the future of the country lies in their hands.

“Do not take your future for granted and let other people to decide what your future will be because that decision will have a major impact on your life and your family,” he said in his blog najibrazak.com.

The prime minister also stressed that the voices of the people were important to shape their future, and the future of their children and the country.

While citing the Election Commission’s report, Najib said over 3.7 million Malaysians aged 21 and above have yet to register as voters as at March 31 this year.

He said the statistics somehow indicated that the level of public awareness on their rights and responsibility to the country was still low.

As such, he called upon all the relevant agencies to intensify efforts to explain and to register those who are eligible to vote.

“The voter turnout (at the GE14) should be increased from that at the 13th general election, which saw only 84.84 per cent or 11.2 million voters cast their votes,” he said.

Elaborating, Najib said some people were wrong when they thought that the voter registration process would be troublesome because the whole process would only take less than five minutes.

“Just bring your identity card to any post office or EC office or state election office near you,” he said.

The prime minister said voting is the responsibility of every eligible citizen of the country to determine their future, as well as the future of their families and communities.

“It is a democratic process in which the people have the power to choose their leaders and form the government…which has a vision and capability to drive the country towards becoming a fully developed nation,” he added. – BERNAMA

 

LIPIS – The presence of Lipis PAS committee member Mahyudin Ghazali at the Lipis UMNO divisional delegates conference here not only caught the attention of the UMNO delegates, but also UMNO president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was there to open the conference.

Najib, when informed on Mahyudin’s presence, said never in history had a PAS leader attended the opening ceremony of an UMNO meeting.

“Rarely at an UMNO conference there is PAS member (present). Man (referring to Lipis UMNO division leader  Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad) this is an achievement,” said the prime minister when opening the Lipis UMNO divisional delegates conference at  Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah here today.

It was learnt that Mahyudin attended the event in his capacity as the imam of the Kampung Tempoyang Mosque to receive the RM1.5 million allocation announced by Najib for repair of the mosque.

Najib also announced an allocation for purchase of a scanner for Lipis Hospital.

Meanwhile, Najib said he regarded his coming to Lipis to “balik kampung” (come home) because Lipis was where he was born 64 years ago.

“I felt touched when several delegates shook my hands and said ‘welcome home Datuk Seri’.

“About 64 years ago on July 23 at the State Secretary’s residence at  Bukit Bius, began the journey of man by the name of Najib Razak, who is now UMNO President and the Prime Minister of Malaysia,” he said. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today advised Malaysians going to perform the Haj this year to pray for Malaysia to remain peaceful and achieve many successes in the international arena.

“Perform the Haj to the extent possible. Do not forget to pray for our beloved Malaysia. Pray for Allah (God) to shower His blessings on our country so that it remains peaceful and successful and is respected by all.

“Hopefully, all pilgrims will be able to undertake a good Haj. A safe journey to and fro, and undertake the Haj in peace and calm,” he said when bidding Bon Voyage to the second batch of Malaysian Haj pilgrims at the Kelana Jaya Tabung Haji Complex near here.

Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud Hussen Qattan were also present at the event.

The second batch of pilgrims comprises 420 people scheduled to fly to the Holy Land at 9.30 pm. The first batch of about 400 people left at about 6 am.

A total of 112 flights by Malaysia Airlines and Flynas will ferry 30,200 pilgrims to the Holy Land in this Haj season, with the last outbound flight on Aug 26.

Najib drew attention to the good conduct of Malaysian pilgrims and said this had resulted in the Saudi Arabian government raising Malaysia’s country quota of pilgrims for this year.

“We in Malaysia benefit from many privileges. Do not think that this came by chance. This is the result of the government‘s actions.

“It is not that I want to claim credit for everything. This is the outcome of the good conduct of our pilgrims in the Holy Land, a model for others,” he said.

Najib also said that the efficiency of government administration and Tabung Haji management were also taken into account by Riyadh in raising the quota that was applied for in 2013 and approved this year.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), the quota was raised following the request I made during the visit of King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia recently. The special consideration has resulted in the raising of the Haj quota to 30,200 from 27,900. Now, more people can make the pilgrimage. There is no need to feel pressured,” Najib said.

He also said that the special and close relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia had contributed to the raising of the quota.

Najib also said that there was a possibility of the subsidy for the pilgrims being raised next year. He did not elaborate.

“We have a subsidy equal to almost the amount paid by a pilgrim, almost 100 per cent. The pilgrims pay RM9,980 and the government subsidises RM9,570. Perhaps, next year, the subsidy will be increased to higher than the RM260 million for this year.

“If Tabung Haji is not managed well and becomes political capital, who will lose? This is our institution that we must care for. It is because of Tabung Haji that we get so much subsidy,” he said.

Najib and Rosmah exchanged greetings with the pilgrims. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today performed Friday prayers and the funeral prayers for the remains of Allahyarhamah Zailah Ismail, the daughter of former deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman at the At-Taqwa Mosque Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), here.

Najib arrived at about 1.20 pm and was greeted by family members, members of the congregation at the mosque and was seen to exchange greetings with the people before performing Friday prayers led by the Imam of the mosque, Mohd Fadlullah Mohd Nor.

He later performed the funeral prayers and joined those present in reciting the ‘doa’ for her soul to be placed among the believers.

The Prime Minister who was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, later left the mosque at about 2.20pm.

Meanwhile, Mohd Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail, 66, Zailah’s elder brother, said his sister died of cancer at the Pusat Perubatan Pakar Damansara at 4.30 this morning.

He said that her remains would be laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery today.

Zailah, 64, is survived by four children – Tariq Ismail Mustafa 38, Yassif Nagim Mustafa 36, Kamariah Shakirin Mustafa 34 and Ismail Iskandar Wildan Mustafa 27. – BERNAMA

ROMPIN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today opened a boardwalk connecting Kampung Tekek to Kampung Air Batang in Pulau Tioman here.

Construction works on the project, which was financed by the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) and implemented by the Tioman Development Authority (TDA) , began on Sept 22, 2015 and completed on February 6 this year.

Earlier Najib arrived on the island by helicopter at the Kampung Tekek Airport, Pulau Tioman and was met on arrived by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Tioman state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Johari Hussain aa well as 500 residents and school children.

He then spent more than 30 minutes inspecting the boardwalk measuring 310 metres by 2.4 metres, which was built at a cost of RM1.6 million.

Prior to this, about 1,000 residents in Kampung Tekek and another 300 in Kampung Air Batang as well as tourists had to go through hilly tracks besides taking a boat if they had to conduct any day-to-day matters in the two villages.

Tok Empat (headman) of Kampung Tekek  Zulkainani A  Hamid said the broadwalk provided facilities to the villagers and tourists to purchase daily essentials between Kampung Air Batang and Kampung Tekek.

“It is also a new tourism landmark in Kampung Tekek, which is the administrative centre on the island besides making it easier for them to handle any matters in the case of an emergency.

Meanwhile a resident of Kampung Air Batang, Wan Mohamad Tahir Wan Abdullah, 58, described the provision of the broadwalk as a blessing to the school children in his village to attend school in Kampung Tekek.

“All this while parents had to send and fetch their children four times a day to school which can only be reached by climbing a steep hill,” he said, adding that with the facility, parents were no longer worried about their children’s safety. – BERNAMA