BN leaders must be more people-oriented: Najib

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional leaders must re-invent their political style to ensure their approach is more people-oriented, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The Deputy Prime Minister said changes must be made not only to themselves but also to the party so that the country and its people can continue to prosper.

Najib said Barisan leaders must not remain in their comfort zones; instead they should make changes in the way “they do politics so that it will always be about people, people and people.”

“The Barisan-led government must ensure that programmes implemented are based on the rakyat’s needs so that we continue to be close to their hearts.

“If we fail to meet challenges effectively, we will pay dearly in the next general election.

“Barisan must not allow a disconnect between the people’s and the Government’s aspirations,” he said at the launch of a political book entitled New Politics -- Towards A Mature Malaysian Democracy.

The book, penned by Deputy Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, touches on integrity, new governance and the rise of civil society.

Najib said in implementing changes and introducing new policies, the Government needed representatives who were not only able but also knowledgable.

“Leaders need to be ‘glocal’ in their thinking, meaning they have to have ideas which transcend the nation’s boundaries but at the same time, remain deeply rooted and loyal to the country.

“They also need to be results-oriented as the people no longer want to hear rhetoric but want to see visible results,” he said.

Najib said the Government was aware the rakyat (people) longed for changes and that in a democratic system, it was the people who solely determined which party would form the government.

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