By MUGUNTAN VANAR
TAWAU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called on all leaders in the ruling coalition to serve all Malaysians and not just look after their own power bases.
He said the voice of the people was sacred and that he served all the 27 million people in the country and not just looked after the 2,500 Umno delegates to safeguard his position within the party.
“I am stressing on the need to put people first as in the democratic system, the voice of the people is sacred. We must be popular with the people not just at the party level.
“As president of Umno, I can defend my post if I looked after the 2,500 delegates. I do not want to just look after 2,500 delegates, but I want to also look after the 27 million Malaysians,” he said in his speech at a breaking fast ceremony at Masjid Al Kauthar here.
He said the same message goes to division leaders not to just look after some 40 branches to retain their position, but they must be looking after the thousands of people living in their respective areas.
“What is the use of holding positions in a party when we lose power in a parliamentary democratic system,” he said, adding that everyone must continue to work and prove that Umno and Barisan Nasional were close to the peoples’ heart.
Najib said since he took over as Prime Minister, he had gone down to the ground to hear the grouses of the people and find ways to help them.
“I am sure with such actions, the people will support us,” he said in his speech that touched on his 1Malaysia agenda.
“I am also very happy that thousands of people from all walks of life have turned up to join me in breaking fast,” he said, adding that usually when he broke fast, it was with political leaders and heads of government department.
Najib, who was touched by the huge turnout at the event, said he had never had such a big crowd of people swamping on him in his 30 years of experience as a politician.
“This shows a strong support for me and the Government,” he said. - The Star