BERA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reminded Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates to intensify their efforts to ensure a big victory in the 14th General Election (GE14).
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the prime minister, who was Barisan Nasional chairman, had urged candidates to redouble their efforts and to work tirelessly for the people once they were elected.
“This morning, the prime minister stressed that serving the people must always remain the top priority,” he said after opening the Bera police headquarters here today.
“He thanked members of parliament for their services throughout their terms.
“He wants those who were not chosen to contest in GE14 to support candidates who were named to replace them in parliamentary and state seats.”
Zahid was referring to a special meeting held by Najib at his official residence in Seri Perdana, Putrajaya, with BN members of parliament today.
On Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returning to contest in Langkawi, the BN deputy chairman said although the former prime minister had once served the people of Langkawi as their elected representative, all that remained now was a sense of nostalgia that he himself had ruined.
“If BN is given the mandate then efforts could be made to bring development to the island,” Zahid said.
“My concern is if the people of Langkawi choose someone else then all the development efforts for the island cannot be implemented.
“I believe they know better and will choose wisely.”
He said Najib had done a lot for the people of Langkawi, including providing funds and facilities.
“The prime minister provided special allocations for electricity supply from the mainland to Pulau Tuba. Efforts were also made under Najib’s leadership to upgrade jetties and tourism infrastructure in Langkawi,”
In the 13th General Election, BN candidate Datuk Nawawi Ahmad
beat PKR’s Ahmad Abdullah with a 11,861 majority to win the Langkawi parliamentary seat.
Zahid, who is the Home Minister, said: “Some people take the development and facilities provided by the government for granted... they must learn to appreciate those who help them as all religions teach followers to be grateful and thankful.
“There are some people with anti-establishment sentiments, especially youth who return to influence their parents on poling day.
“They want development but are influenced by hatred politics and make a different choice when the time comes (polling day).”
He reminded the people not to be influenced by certain quarters who only showed up when they wanted to secure votes during election campaigns.
He said this was similar to bats which only appeared to feed during the fruiting season.
“The BN government and police share something in commmon, they serve the people all year long, unlike the opposition who only appear during certain times.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd