Datuk Seri Najib Razak said there was no lack of confidence in the Barisan Nasional (BN) and denied he was deliberately delaying the date of the general election as claimed by the opposition.
The prime minister said the BN was given the mandate by the people for five years to show its ability to lead and govern the country, bring progress and champion the people.
“If we call for a snap elections, it means that we have shortened the period given to us by the people.
“So the question of ‘not confident’ does not arise. For us, what is important is to show our ability to continue to champion the people,” he told reporters after chairing the BN supreme council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre here, last night.
Najib, who is also Umno president and BN chairman, pointed out that the people had shown good response to transformation programmes implemented by the government.
This can be seen from his and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s visits to the states, he said, adding that the support of the people was overwhelming and reflected growing confidence in the BN.
“We cannot be haughty, but our confidence level is based on the people’s reception to our visits and the 1 Malaysia-themed programmes,” he said.
Citing the Government Transformation Programme and the Economic Transformation Programme, he said: “We had delivered them which means (our confidence) is not without any particular assessment.”
Najib also said the programme hinged on engagement with various community groups such as the People’s 1 Malaysia Taxi programme (TR1MA).
In the meantime, he reminded the BN not to raise issues that might hurt the feelings of any race or pose a problem among BN component parties.
Commenting the opposition’s allegation that he had interfered in the Light Rail Transit’s Ampang Line, he said, “Everything is done properly. There’s no such thing.” — Bernama