KUANTAN: The people do not need declarations but things that will actually benefit them, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said rather than damaging the country's image, it was better to focus on developing the economy and make sure the people’s welfare was taken care of.
“I have met United States’ congressmen but whether they're Democrats or Republicans, they have never spoken ill of their country. They kept telling me that America is great.
“However, there are certain groups that will condemn Malaysia whenever they are abroad. We can have different views but we must still defend our country,” Najib said at the key handover ceremony for the Pahang PR1MA project in Perumahan Makmur Sri Fajar Jaya here yesterday.
He said there was no need for declarations because what the people require was positive action.
Najib said one such beneficial thing was the 1Malaysia People's Housing (PR1MA) project.
“I have emphasised that housing must be given priority. What the people want is not only low-cost but comfortable housing.
“Houses in the RM60,000 to RM70,000 price range is what people want. We must come up with more of such projects,” said Najib.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who was also present, said the state exco had approved two more Pahang PR1MA projects with each unit going for RM80,000.
Later at the launch of the Green Technology Park in Pekan, Najib said climate change was a reality and it was vital to carry out development in a sustainable and environmental-friendly manner.
He said the nation's commitment to cut carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2020 was on track as the country had already achieved 33% reduction this year.
Najib lauded the setting up of a green technology-driven paper mill by BHS Industries Bhd at the park, saying that it had great potential.
“I understand that the factory will be able to process palm oil waste into renewable paper pulp products. It can be used to make tissue paper and even newspaper,” he said.