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"We promise a transformation for the people of Malaysia and Kedah. The journey has begun."
BALING: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak extended an apology to the people on behalf of the Barisan Nasional for the coalition's mistakes in the last general election, which cost it several electoral seats and states including Kedah.
He said Saturday that Barisan would rectify the mistakes and make it up by serving the people as best as it could.
"I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people.
“We must have made mistakes for the people to have rejected us. We apologise for our past mistakes. The victors apologise, as do the losers," he said at a meet-the-people session at the Kuala Ketil public field near here.
The voters' rejection of the Barisan, like in Kedah, was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, he said.
The prime minister said Barisan would learn from the mistakes and rise again.
"Let the past remain just that. We promise a transformation for the people of Malaysia, and Kedah. The journey has begun," he said.
Najib said that only the Barisan can provide the people with a good future.
"Our plans are clear. We have a well-organised agenda, we have a roadmap, we have facts and figures. Sufficient statistics to drive change, to take the nation towards realisation of a progressive high-income country. This is unlike the Buku Jingga (of the opposition plans)," he said.
He said the government wanted to send the signal and provide a clear picture that it is close to bringing about a transformation that will give great benefits to the people.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Kedah Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, Kedah Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, Baling Umno Division chief Datuk Abdul Azeez Rahim and Sik Umno Division chief Datuk Tajuddin Abdullah were also present at the event.
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