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‘We take care of the people’


KUBANG PASU: Malaysians need a proven, strong and welfare-oriented government such as Barisan Nasional, and not a group comprising political parties that are indecisive in their actions, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He added that Barisan had a se­­­rious agenda to improve the country’s economy and security, while the people’s welfare was taken care of regardless of their race and religion.

“We are far ahead of the Opposition, which idolises DAP and they can’t even come to a simple decision on whom should they nominate among them as the prime minister,” he said, adding that the Barisan government walked the talk when it came to development programmes.

“Even PAS has ended its political cooperation with the Opposition after it was bullied by the other parties,” he said.

He was speaking at the launch of the state-level 8th Village Street Light (LJK8) programme here yesterday.

The launch of the LJK8 project was in conjunction with the buka puasa event with the people of Kedah held at Masjid Kampung Pering. Similar projects were launched in Penang, Perak and Negri Sembilan.

Najib said some 600,000 people in Kedah have benefited with RM490mil in BR1M payments given out to them.

He added that the Federal Govern­­ment had spent RM250mil to install street lights in the country since 2003.

At another event in Kangar, Najib announced an allocation of RM6mil to repair dilapidated homes and bad roads in Perlis.

Najib, who is Umno president, told a meeting of the party’s grassroots members and leaders in the state that the request for the allocation came from Perlis Umno chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

“Half of the total will be used to repair houses, the other half to refurbish roads,” Najib announced in his speech, which received a huge round of applause here.

It was his first visit to the state this year.

Najib also expressed hope and confidence that Umno would capture all three parliamentary consti­tuency seats in Perlis in the next general election.

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