Ra dah: ‘Less talk, more work’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) gov­ern­ment should talk less, work more in or­der to put the na­tion back on the right track, Tan Sri Rafi­dah Aziz said.

The for­mer In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment must get on with gov­ern­ing and shoul­der­ing the enor­mous task of na­tion build­ing.

She echoed Coun­cil of Em­i­nent Per­sons chair­man Tun Daim Zain­ud­din’s state­ment that the gov­ern­ment should stop point­ing fin­gers and blam­ing the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment that ruled the coun­try for the past 61 years.

Daim had told the gov­ern­ment to start con­cen­trat­ing on de­liv­er­ing their promises to the peo­ple who have voted them dur­ing the 14th gen­eral elec­tion.

“Let’s get on with gov­ern­ing. But when the prob­lems cre­ated by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment crop up, we have to tell the rakyat who cre­ated them. How­ever, the rakyat also must know where the blame ac­tu­ally lies,” Rafi­dah com­mented.

Asked about the role she could play upon join­ing Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (Ber­satu) chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, Rafi­dah said she would give her com­mit­ment to the PH gov­ern­ment through her mem­ber­ship in the party.

Rafi­dah, who is cur­rently AirAsia X Bhd chair­per­son, stressed that her wish to join Ber­satu was “not be­cause other peo­ple are join­ing it. I don’t do any­thing with a per­sonal plan or agenda... not my cul­ture. For me, it’s a to­ken par­tic­i­pa­tion, I have al­ready done my bit to help PH win PRU 14,” she quipped.

Asean Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Datuk Moe­hamad Izat Emir said the as­so­ci­a­tion ex­pressed re­lief that Daim of­fered sound ad­vice to the gov­ern­ment.

“Tun Daim’s re­marks were per­ti­nent, wise and full of re­spon­si­bil­ity, in line with his duty as a gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sor.

“The cul­ture of vil­i­fy­ing the op­po­si­tion, dwelling into the past will not ben­e­fit the new gov­ern­ment, con­trary to the con­cept of open­ness prac­tised in Par­lia­ment where ev­ery­one with a smart­phone can ac­cess the de­bate by law­mak­ers,” he said.

Moe­hamad Izat said even though the gov­ern­ment could lend cre­dence to the in­for­ma­tion dis­closed, the peo­ple would even­tu­ally be­come an­noyed with the rhetoric if there were no sig­nif­i­cant changes made.

“We also see con­tests in Pakatan Hara­pan that we don’t un­der­stand. They went to the polls as a team but now there is a tus­sle be­tween the four par­ties con­cerned. Which fac­tion should we fol­low?

“What is im­por­tant is Malaysians want de­vel­op­ment and progress, and Dr Ma­hathir’s lead­er­ship is still needed to avoid dis­unity,” Moe­hamad Izat said.

Mean­while, Sun­way Group Cor­po­rate Ad­vi­sor Tan Sri Ra­mon Navarat­nam said the peo­ple were be­gin­ning to grow tired of the an­tics of blam­ing past lead­ers who had let the peo­ple down mis­er­ably.

“We need to re­view, re­vise, re­form and rise faster on all fronts in our so­cio-eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment, while the gov­ern­ment should plan for the present, while the fu­ture must be given a stronger thrust,” he said.

Ra­mon, who was for­mer Trans­port Min­istry sec­re­tary­gen­eral, noted that Daim was one of the few out­stand­ing Malaysian lead­ers who could tell the gov­ern­ment what to do and be­ing lis­tened to.

“The right­ists and ex­trem­ists have to be iso­lated in or­der for us to move for­ward as a more united and pro­gres­sive New Malaysia,” he said. — Ber­nama

Let’s get on with gov­ern­ing. But when the prob­lems cre­ated by the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment crop up, we have to tell the rakyat who cre­ated them. How­ever, the rakyat also must know where the blame ac­tu­ally lies. — Tan Sri Rafi­dah Aziz, for­mer In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try min­is­ter

TAN SRI RAFI­DAH AZIZ

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