PETALING JAYA: With less than 48 hours before Malaysia heads to the polls, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged Malaysians to cast their votes wisely as GE14 will determine the destiny of the nation.
“To me, this election is not just about us fulfilling our responsibilities as voters, but it’s more than that.
"This elections will decide the destiny of our country,” he said during a question and answer session on the Mandat programme over TV3 on Monday (May 7).
Najib explained that Malaysians know what to expect from the government if they decide to vote for Barisan Nasional, as the ruling coalition has a 60-year track record.
“We know what Barisan can deliver for the people and the country.”
On the contrary, if Malaysians vote for Pakatan Harapan, Najib said the people should expect political uncertainty because the Opposition leaders were not united.
“There might be a serious divide within the Opposition and it won’t be a stable government because they have been enemies amongst each other for decades.”
Najib also dismissed talk that GE14 will be a battle between him and his former mentor-turned-nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Instead, Najib regarded GE14 as a fight between an Umno-led Barisan and a rather fragile Opposition which consisted of different ideologies led by DAP.
“Why? Because if we look at the Opposition’s seat allocation, DAP is standing in urban seats, which is regarded by many as safe seats.
“PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi), on the other hand, are contesting in seats which is uncertain of victory. So what will happen? DAP will get more seats.”
“We all know, that absolute power lies on the side which has the most parliamentary seats. DAP will emerge with the most seats in this elections,” he added.
Najib appeared confident to take on GE14 during the interview, as he said that he received positive feedback throughout his campaigns across the country.
“InsyaAllah (God willing), my confidence is at its highest level. Because, the reality on the ground is that we have a solid political base.
“We know our strength and our weaknesses. Our political base is still strong and intact."
At the same time, Najib also expressed disappointment towards the Opposition’s tendency to rely on hate politics to gain political mileage.
“I want our politics to be based on matured democracy. In a mature democracy, we should debate between each other about track records, performance, policies, manifesto, agenda and direction. Not about slander, perception and hate politics.
“Unfortunately, the Opposition does not have a strong weapon aside from relying on slander and hate,” he said.
Malaysia will go to the polls on May 9 (Wednesday).
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