Sort out local issues first, Najib advises Barisan reps


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 May 2007

PANGKOR: Barisan Nasional elected representatives must ensure that local issues are dealt with immediately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said. 

Speaking to the Barisan Backbenchers Club here yesterday, he said the capabilities of elected representatives in solving problems at the community level was the most important criteria for the people when they choose their leaders. 

This, he said, was the lesson to be learnt from the past five by-elections that had taken place since 2000. 

“At a glance, we can tell that local issues are what matters to every voter, be it during a by-election or the general election. 

“Most politics are local. Don’t just aim to be champions in debating in Parliament because you are not only judged by how well you raise issues but how you solve them locally. Aim to be champions in both, the Parliament and in your constituencies,” he said when opening the BNBBC annual retreat. 

There was no need, noted Najib, to wait until the elections to solve a local problem. 

He suggested that leaders segment their constituencies to make sure problems and needs of every level in the community were looked into. 

“We must be accessible to voters by being present at our service centres regularly. Be nice to them and greet them with a smile. They will be happy with us even when we cannot fulfil each and every one of their requests,” he said. 

He further noted that it was important for elected representatives to be fair to all in the community regardless of race and background. 

“It is the spirit of the Barisan to fight for the interests of all. Don’t care for just your own ethnic group, make sure everyone receives equal treatment and allocations,” he said. 

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