PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional chairman Najib Razak has reminded voters of an essential difference between candidates of his coalition and those from the opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan.
He said BN believed that elected representatives must be the voice of the people and work in the people’s best interests, while leaving it to the people to judge them by their performances.
“This differs from the opposition’s principle as the selection of their candidates was not due to their intention to serve the constituency and the constituents.
“That is why many of their candidates are hopping from one constituency to another after being in one place for just one term,” he said.
Najib said BN representatives would never be like those from the opposition.
“They are so slick, (when a new term comes) they will run to another constituency where they think it is safe and take away the people’s right to judge them for the previous term.
“Some are probably scared because they had been neglecting their constituents, or maybe they won because they had defamed others and are now worried that the people will judge them after finding out the truth,” he said.
Najib’s comments were made in a blog entry at his personal web site yesterday.
Many opposition politicians have moved to seek election in new constituencies, after having been previously elected in another constituency.
For the current general election, many DAP politicians have been moved to contest in Johor, where the party and its Pakatan Harapan partners seek to break the BN stronghold on the state.
DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has often faced personal criticism for not staying long enough in one constituency. He has been MP for Bandar Melaka, Kota Melaka, Petaling (Selangor), Tanjung (Penang), Ipoh Timur (Perak) and Gelang Patah (Johor) where he now seeks re-election.
Najib is seeking re-election as MP for Pekan.
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