Johari: Urban voters prefer problem-solving leaders


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Sep 2016

Minister of Finance II Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani: "Significant decline in oil prices have resulted the government to lose about RM30bil of revenue last year."

KUALA LUMPUR: Urban voters will choose problem-solving politicians over leaders who only make rhetoric statements, said Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani (pic).

The Umno supreme council member said urban voters will pick leaders with proven track records compared to those who only talk.

“There is no point coming up with rhetoric political statements as at the end of the day, they want to see whether you are able to solve their problems,” he told reporters after launching Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad’s 1Malaysia People-Friendly Home (RMR1M) online home purchasing system here Thursday.

He added that there was no point for the Government to deny or turn a deaf ear to the problems faced by urban voters.

“If there is problem, admit there is a problem and tell them how you are going to solve it,” he said.

Johari, who is Second Finance Minister and Titiwangsa Umno division chief, said that urban voters are an educated segment of society and will make their own decision at the ballot box.

He added it is vital for the Government to ‘do the right thing’ in serving the needs of urban voters.

Johari cited the example of the Government providing affordable homes for city dwellers via 1Malaysia People’s Housing Scheme (PR1MA).

He was responding to comments by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Wednesday that Barisan Nasional must have a strategy for rural voters living in the cities.

Khairy said that rural voters living in the cities may account for 10% to 20% of votes in a parliamentary constituency that could play a vital role in the next general election.

In 2013, 108 out of 133 seats won by Barisan came from rural seats.

A total of 72 out of 89 seats won by Pakatan Rakyat came from urban and semi-urban seats.

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