Peo­ple should con­sider se­cu­rity, po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity when vot­ing, says pro­fes­sor

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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