Saturday, March 12, 2016

Najib: Citizens’ Declaration is all about Dr Mahathir’s personal agenda

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has pooh-poohed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "Citizens’ Declaration", labelling it a personal agenda.

Najib said the Dr M-led movement lacked representation from east Malaysia, and was not a "people's" declaration in the true sense of the word.

"There is a group led by a person, who the Sarawak Chief Minister referred to earlier, who was a leader for 22 years. He held an event to announce a people's declaration, but in truth, it is not a people's declaration.

"Don't make a people's declaration to confuse the people. Don't make a personal agenda a people's agenda. It is not about the people, it is about your personal agenda.”

"That declaration was neither determined, written nor agreed upon by the rakyat of Malaysia. A large portion of Sarawakians, for instance, do not agree with what has happened," Najib said at the launch of the ’Inclusive Malaysia, A Digital Nation’ (Minda) at the Kuching Waterfront on Saturday morning.

Najib said his own policies, such as building the Pan Borneo Highway in east Malaysia, was the real "rakyat's agenda".

He said states left behind in development must be brought forward.

"That is the agenda of the rakyat," he reiterated.

Earlier, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said Najib had visited Sarawak 46 times since becoming Prime Minister on April 2009. Adenan claimed this PM had visited the state more times than all five previous prime ministers put together.

"Forty-six times already. Today is his 47th visit, make it 50 soon. Why (does he keep coming)? Because he 'sayang' us. He never comes empty handed. His hands are always full. He has allocated millions, billions of funds for us. Thank you. Please add more," Adenan said.

Judging by the number of visits, what the Opposition has said about Najib only visiting when elections were near was untrue, Adenan added.

Without mentioning any names, Adenan then turned his attention to a former PM. He said there was a leader of 22 years who rarely visited the state.

"We love the Prime Minister because he loves us," Adenan said.

Najib is in Sarawak for a three-day visit. Last night, he visited Kubah Ria, near a popular weekend market at Petra Jaya. Later this afternoon, he will visit a PR1MA housing roadshow at the Old State Legislative Assembly Complex.

On Sunday, the PM, his deputy and Adenan will unveil details of the third Pan Borneo Highway package, which is from the Serian roundabout to Pantu junction.

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