People should consider security, political stability when voting, says professor
KUALA LUMPUR: The security and political stability Malaysia enjoys are proof of the government’s efforts and commitment to develop the country, in line with the manifesto from the 13th General Election (GE13) that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced five years ago.
National Council of Professors political, security and international affairs cluster head Professor Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said security and stability must be taken into account when people cast their vote.
He said political stability and security would drive economic growth, including attracting foreign investments.
“In selecting a government every five years, people must assess how they can get the best through good policies and plans presented by an administration.
“Of the highest importance is stability and security, apart from a healthy socio-economy, including job opportunities and development. This is the basis on which decisions should be made when electing a government in the coming election.”
Mustafa was commenting on the Barisan Nasional government’s success in fulfilling 97.6 per cent of its GE13 manifesto, as announced by Najib.
“I believe BN’s success in fulfilling 97 per cent of its manifesto is a grade ‘A’ achievement and should be taken into account by the public in the coming election.
“It is impossible for a government to fulfil 100 per cent of its election manifesto, as some initiatives need time.”
On 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), Mustafa said although some were cynical about the programme, it had been effective in helping the lower-income group.
“Through BR1M, subsidies are distributed more fairly and directly to those who need them. This is a programme used in many countries, including the United States. It is not political bribery.”