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“Maybe tomorrow I should seek an audience with the Yang DiPertuan Agong.?” Najib

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Kuala Lumpur (May, 11) Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak outlined seven factors why Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) should stay in power, as opposed to a change in government.

Delivering a rousing speech at the party’s 66th anniversary celebrations tonight, he asked the crowd seven questions which he said can help the people make the “right decision” when it comes to choosing who to helm the next government.

Making comparisons between BN and the opposition parties, Najib who is also Umno President and BN chairman asked which leadership can be trusted to keep to its word and promises.

“Who can determine a better tomorrow than today? Who can safeguard the principles of Rukunegara and defend the sanctity of Islam and the rights of the other races?”

“Who can manage the economy well and stimulate economic growth to the country? Who can ensure harmony and unity? Who can bring organised change and transformation to the country?

“Who can guarantee the nation’s prosperity and ensure Malaysia becomes a high income nation?” he said addressing some 80,000 Umno members at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil.

Najib explained that BN has been able to keep its promises to the people and provided for them.

“Who disbursed the 1Malaysia People’s Aid, set up the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, 1Malaysia Clinics, 1Malaysia Book Vouchers and also money to Felda settlers?

“(On the other hand) Who made 22 promises in Selangor but most of them have not been fulfilled? Who has failed to handle the water issues?” questioned Najib.

He also said Umno is not “power crazy” as it is capable to bring about changes when they are required.

Najib stressed that Umno is willing to make changes to its policies, however, its goals for the sake of the nation and religion must remain.

He also questioned the opposition’s penchant in belittling and discrediting Umno of its successes when the opposition coalition has not yet served the country.

He said Umno is more open and democratic than Pakatan Rakyat as their leaders were not chosen according to democracy.

“One of their leaders spoke about how it is not good to have street demonstrations and what happened to him (later)? His position as a Senator was not renewed. (This is) Just because his stand on the matter is different from that of the party.

“Where is the democracy in this party which claims to be very democratic?” questioned Najib by making an obvious reference to Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim of DAP.

Tunku Abdul Aziz has voiced out his opinion, becoming the first leader from the opposition to voice his disagreement against the Bersih 3.0 held on April 28.

Taking a personal stand against the rally, he had said he opposed street demonstrations “as a matter of principle” as it could often lead to chaos and havoc.

His statement however did not augur well with the DAP leadership as party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng reprimanded him in public, saying his statement embarrassed the party and its leadership.

Najib who arrived in style – dressed in red – with wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in a buggy at the stadium said, tonight is an “extraordinary show of spirit and strength” for Umno members.

Taking a jibe at the Bersih rally, Najib said the crowd at the stadium tonight proved that Umno members are law-abiding people who could gather peacefully.

“We do not need a large police task force. The police are looking joyful and smiling as they stand at the back. Why is it that we can gather at the stadium and they can’t?

“If they love the country and respect the law, then they should gather like we do,” he said, adding that the Bersih organisers could have declined to hold the rally at a stadium because they were afraid they might not get the numbers.

“It seems that we have more than them tonight,” he said.

Najib also said Bersih organisers rejected the government’s offer to have the rally at the Stadium Merdeka because they wanted to crash and argue with the authorities.

“If there was no clash then their stories would not have been out on CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC. This is their only purpose – to show that our government and authorities are cruel. They don’t’ respect the laws of the country,“ said Najib to rousing applauses from the crowd.

Stressing that the country is developed by Umno and will continue to be successful because of Umno and BN, Najib also teased the crowd, saying the “election fever is felt by many (now).”

“Maybe tomorrow I should seek an audience with the Yang DiPertuan Agong. Are we ready (for the general election)?” he teased, receiving a thunderous “yes” reply from the crowd.