‘MALAYSIA SHARES SUC­CESS, WEALTH’

Coun­try’s abil­ity to man­age econ­omy well al­lows it to give aid to peo­ple

New Straits Times - - NEWS / STORY OF THE DAY - ABDUL RAZAK RAAF AND T.N. ALAGESH PEKAN news@nst.com.my

MALAYSIA will con­tinue to share its suc­cess and wealth with the peo­ple, and not let them suf­fer hard­ship or poverty, says Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

He said the coun­try’s abil­ity to man­age its econ­omy well had al­lowed Malaysia to in­crease its wealth and share it with the rakyat through as­sis­tance, which is dis­trib­uted to var­i­ous seg­ments of so­ci­ety.

Na­jib, who is also Pekan mem­ber of par­lia­ment, said the coun­try posted a 5.9 per cent eco­nomic growth last year, which is among the high­est in the world.

“If peo­ple con­tinue to claim that Malaysia is about to go bank­rupt and needs to be res­cued, it is a lie to dupe the rakyat.

“In­ter­na­tional rat­ing agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as the IMF (In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund), World Eco­nomic Fo­rum and Bloomberg, have ac­knowl­edged that the coun­try’s eco­nomic tra­jec­tory is on the right path.

“This does not mean that Malaysia does not have poor peo­ple, but that if we have promis­ing rev­enue from our grow­ing econ­omy, then we are able to share it with the peo­ple.

“In Malaysia, we not only share wealth equally but also po­lit­i­cal power, which is best ex­em­pli­fied by Barisan Na­sional,” he said.

Na­jib was speak­ing at the Chi­nese New Year “Kongsi Kasih” pro­gramme held at the Sul­tan Ah­mad Shah Con­ven­tion Hall here yes­ter­day.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the pol­i­tics of shar­ing, Na­jib said BN was not a race-based po­lit­i­cal party, but one that took into con­sid­er­a­tion that Malaysia was a mul­tira­cial coun­try with mul­ti­ple re­li­gions and cul­tures.

“When the spirit of shar­ing ex­ists, only then can we form com­mon val­ues, which we can all em­brace to form a coun­try we have en­vi­sioned.

“We also share our wealth as we do not want to be­come a coun­try that is ‘crip­pled’ and un­just, where only one par­tic­u­lar seg­ment rakes in all the wealth.

“It is only when we can cre­ate a com­mu­nity that is fair, just and at peace, will its peo­ple be able to truly share each other’s cel­e­bra­tions in har­mony,” he said.

Na­jib, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, later pre­sented good­ies to the un­der­priv­i­leged from the par­lia­men­tary con­stituency.

Present were Be­bar assem­bly­man Datuk Mo­ham­mad Fakhrud­din Mohd Ariff, Per­amu Jaya assem­bly­man Datuk Seri Sh Mohmed Puzi Sh Ali, and Chini assem­bly­man Datuk Abu Bakar Harun.

PIC BY FARIZUL HAFIZ AWANG

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak greet­ing peo­ple at the Chi­nese New Year ‘Kongsi Kasih’ pro­gramme in Pekan yes­ter­day. With him is his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor.

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