Najib calls for power to the people

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Malaysians and the Parliament should be empowered again as the current government has failed to uphold the welfare of the people, said Najib Razak.

The former prime minister said the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration is not taking care of the people and this situation must be rectified.

“Parliamentary democracy and the power to the people should be upheld and respected.

“At a time when there is failure to take care of the people’s needs and failure to resolve the situation which is squeezing the people, there will definitely be questions and differences that need to be resolved,” said Najib in a lengthy post on Facebook today.

He added a government’s top priority should be the people and any administration should strive to do good for Malaysians.

“The main function of the government is to be the protector of the people and a supplier to the needs of the people. In any case, the welfare and well-being of the people are everything,” he added.

The former Umno president was commemorating the passing of his father, Abdul Razak Hussein, who passed away in 1976 when he was the second prime minister.

Najib also compared the times when his father had to call for an emergency as there were racial riots and when he had to do the same for the terrible haze conditions in Muar and Ledang in 2013.

The Pekan MP said an emergency was declared as it was “necessary and must be implemented” but that was not the case for the emergency declared on Tuesday.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Tuesday announced assent to Putrajaya’s request to declare a state of emergency to end on August 1.

This came a day after the PN government announced a movement control order (MCO) for six states – Penang, Selangor, Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Malacca, Johor and Sabah.

“At the same time, I also emphasised that the emergency declaration of this haze disaster did not change the ruling of the federal or state government.

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“I learnt this lesson from my father. The power of administration is in the hands of the leaders, but they do not own it,” Najib said.

He also gave an example of how when he was prime minister, he had rolled out multiple programmes to benefit the people and see Malaysia’s economy grow.

“I continued my father’s agenda and the essence of the Barisan Nasional struggle by introducing various welfare programmes for the people.

“From public health, education, affordable housing, monthly community welfare assistance, fishermen and farmers allowances and smallholder grants to direct assistance to families.

“I provided them with welfare and a complete social safety net. As per my father’s time, the people were my cronies,” Najib said.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Tuesday announced assent to Putrajaya’s request to declare a state of emergency to end on August 1.

This came a day after the PN government announced a movement-control order (MCO) for six states. – TMI