LANGKAWI, Apr 12 – Prime Minister Najib Razak today said the government must focus on strengthening the economy as it is linked to the people’s well-being. He said this meant accumulating revenue and funds which could be channelled to the people in the form of aid.
“Only then can we improve the well-being of the people. If we do something that will eventually jeopardise the economy, today or in the future, the people are the ones who will face the consequences,” he said at a meet-the-people session at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre here today.
Also present was Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah. Najib said promising and then implementing something that could harm the country’s economy could have a detrimental effect on the people.
He gave the example of Pakatan Harapan’s proposal to abolish toll collections, saying it would require the government to pay RM380 billion in compensation. He said it was ironic that the opposition, now led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was proposing the abolition of toll when it was the former prime minister who had imposed toll collection in the first place.
“I have reduced toll collection during my administration while he increased it. Now, he wants to abolish toll. Where can you get the RM380 billion compensation to be paid? It does not make sense, it is not rational.”
Najib said this was why none of the international rating agencies had given a positive rating to the opposition manifesto. In fact, he added, they had called it unrealistic and said it would jeopardise the country’s economy. — Bernama