‘Govt will keep prom­ises’

> Bet­ter to fo­cus on peo­ple’s wel­fare than waste time re­spond­ing to base­less al­le­ga­tions, says Na­jib

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Noth­ing is more spe­cial as a Merdeka Day gift to the peo­ple than a gov­ern­ment ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing its prom­ises, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

He said his ad­min­is­tra­tion does not wish to waste time staving off base­less al­le­ga­tions but would rather re­main com­mit­ted to ef­forts to spur eco­nomic growth.

“The story of Malaysia’s in­de­pen­dence con­tin­ues to be in­fused with all kinds of suc­cesses and achieve­ments that are re­spected by friends and foes alike,” he said in his Na­tional Day mes­sage.

Malaysia, he said, was now widely re­ferred to as a pro­gres­sive na­tion de­vel­op­ing fast based on a clear stand on is­sues such as re­jec­tion of ex­trem­ist ide­olo­gies, es­pe­cially in com­bat­ing the Is­lamic State threat.

“King Sal­man Ab­du­laziz Al-Saud (of Saudi Ara­bia) chose Malaysia to lo­cate the King Sal­man Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Peace,” he said.

Na­jib also re­called some of the coun­try’s latest achieve­ments, in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive gross do­mes­tic prod­uct growth of 5.8% for the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, one of the high­est in the world, Ber­nama re­ported.

He said Forbes mag­a­zine placed Malaysia at the fore­front of all Asian coun­tries for for­eign in­vest­ments while in­ter­na­tional rat­ing agency Fitch Rat­ings also main­tained Malaysia’s credit rat­ing at “A-”.

Re­fer­ring to the po­si­tion of Bank Ne­gara Malaysia’s in­ter­na­tional re­serves, Na­jib said it had now in­creased to RM431 bil­lion.

“How is it pos­si­ble that some quar­ters are ac­cus­ing Malaysia of be­ing a failed state when, in the 90s, when the re­serves were much lower, there was no talk of the coun­try hav­ing failed?”

Na­jib said his ad­min­is­tra­tion be­lieved in ser­vice to the peo­ple which, he added, must go be­yond pol­i­tics and be in the peo­ple’s in­ter­ests.

Over the past eight years, his ad­min­is­tra­tion had never lagged but re­mained com­mit­ted to im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous poli­cies and ini­tia­tives to pros­per the na­tion and peo­ple, he added.

He said the gov­ern­ment, in keep­ing with the phi­los­o­phy of “1Malaysia: Peo­ple First, Per­for­mance Now”, would con­tinue to give pri­or­ity to in­fra­struc­ture projects such as the Mass Rapid Tran­sit (MRT), a world-class fa­cil­ity that ben­e­fits about 500,000 com­muters daily.

The MRT project could help re­duce the cost of living by pro­vid­ing a con­ve­nient and cheaper sys­tem of trans­porta­tion while re­duc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion, eas­ing stress among the peo­ple, help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions and in­ten­si­fy­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties along its route. Like­wise, the pro­posed East Coast Rail Link, the Pan-Bor­neo High­way and the High Speed Rail will bring sim­i­lar ben­e­fits, he said.

Na­jib also said ini­tia­tives and aid for the un­der­priv­i­leged would con­tinue to be pro­vided and in­ten­si­fied. These in­clude the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid, 1Malaysia Hous­ing Pro­gramme for Civil Ser­vants, 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Hous­ing Projects, 1Malaysia Clin­ics, 1Malaysia Stu­dent Dis­count Card, and aid for farm­ers, small­hold­ers, fish­er­men and Felda set­tlers.

BERNAMAPIX

... Na­jib greet­ing one of the nine new en­voys who paid him a visit yes­ter­day in Per­dana Pu­tra, Pu­tra­jaya. The nine are Datuk Mat Dris Yaa­cob (Rus­sia), Zakri Jaa­far (Bos­nia Herze­gov­ina), Datuk Lim Juay Jin (Brazil), Za­nariah Zainal Abidin (Czech Repub­lic), Sarah Nava Rani Al Bakri De­vada­son (Ger­many), Datuk Jilid Ku­mind­ing (Jor­dan), Mohd Aznor Ma­hat (Le­banon), Datuk Sudha Devi K. R. Va­sude­van (Aus­tralia) and Loh Seck Tiong (Kenya).

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