SEREMBAN: The people must reject leaders who fail to perform when given the opportunity, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He said a true leader was one who excelled when in power, and had the capability and instincts to steer the country well when faced with crises.
We had this so-called leader who, in 1998, was prepared to capitulate before the International Monetary Fund. If not for the brilliance of our former Prime Minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad), we would have suffered untold misery, as seen by some governments who cowed before the IMF, he said at a dinner held in conjunction with his two-day official working visit to the state.
Najib said this particular leader was also the reason why many businesses folded as he single-handedly reduced the period for non-performing loans from six to three months and drastically reduced government spending.
And, today, when he is out of the Government, he is making promises that are not only ridiculous but which also insult the intelligence of Malaysians, he said.
Also present were Najibs wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and MCA president and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
He is saying that if the opposition comes into power, they will turn Malaysia into a welfare state and bring down fuel prices the next day. When oil-producing countries are unable to determine fuel prices, how can he do it? he asked.
Najib said the Government had to pay out RM35bil in oil and gas subsidies although Petronas produced just 750,000 barrels a day.
On the welfare state, the Barisan Nasional government has already been doing this with billions of ringgit given out for education, hospitalisation, foodstuff and fuel subsidies. I hope Malaysians will not be taken in by such nonsensical claims by these so-called former leaders, he added.
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