ALOR STAR: Barisan Nasional elected representatives have been told to prove they can be trusted and also to work for all Malaysians, irrespective of racial or religious backgrounds.
In making this call yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said: “The people have given us their trust. We must prove that we can be trusted. This is very important.”
He also said Barisan elected representatives must be fair to all Malaysians, all the time.
“I have told elected representatives from Umno and other component parties that all of them must think that they are Barisan Nasional elected representatives.
“This means that they must work for all and not only for certain races or for the interest of certain religions only,” Abdullah said at a thanksgiving gathering held by Kedah Barisan Nasional here yesterday for its victory in the general election.
He also told Barisan members not to be proud about the coalition’s big win but to be grateful to God for His blessings and the victory He had given to the coalition.
Abdullah told the more than 2,000 people, who turned up for the gathering, that he had asked state exco members and elected representatives not to depend only on Government officers to give quality service.
“As elected representatives, we are responsible to give quality service to the people,” he added.
Abdullah had earlier received a grand welcome from people from various races upon his arrival at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Suka Menanti here.
Among those present were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain and former Kedah Mentri Besar Tan Sri Osman Aroff.
On his meetings with Kedah elected representatives, Kedah Umno and Barisan leaders, he said he stressed that Barisan leaders and representatives must work hard to fulfil the pledges made in the coalition’s manifesto for the elections.
He said their work must correspond with the big mandate given by the people to the coalition.
Before he left for Kuala Lumpur, Abdullah visited Kedah Umno adviser Tan Sri Azahari Mohd Taib, who is suffering from back pains.