TAWAU: Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged the people to consider harmony, stability, peace and the economy when voting in the 14th general election (GE14).
He said the people should also think about who was capable of bringing about progress and developing the country’s economy.
“We must see who can maintain harmony in our country, namely a compatible relationship between people of various races, religions and cultures. Regardless of the colour of our skin, we still remain in a solid bond.
“I see that Sabah is the best example in Malaysia (in terms of racial harmony),” he said when opening the Tawau International Cultural Festival here last night.
He added that the people should choose a government capable of creating political stability in the country as political stability determined the development of a country.
“Without political stability, we may not be able to bring development. Without political stability and good relations between the central and state governments, we may not be able to bring progress to the state of Sabah.
“During Barisan Nasional (BN) rule, we have ensured political stability and good relations between the federal and state governments.”
Peace, meanwhile, was important as only peace could ensure that the people led a more prosperous life, he added.
Najib said he was committed to ensuring peace in Sabah, including the east coast areas which would continue to be protected by the government.
“Every citizen and every inch of Sabah shall be defended by us forever,” he said.
He also pointed to the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), saying the government had been able to double its value as announced in the BN manifesto yesterday due to the surplus income from its efficient economic management.
“The philosophy I hold as the head of government is that if government revenue increases, we must distribute the wealth to the people. We must help the needy people,” he said.
“Do not play up the goods and services tax and the cost of living issues without providing answers.
“As for the BN government, we provide the answer by giving back the surplus of the government’s income to the people in various ways, including doubling the value of BR1M for the people.”