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BN govt manages nation's wealth well: Najib

MARANG, Feb 3 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has managed the nation's wealth well in implementing various welfare programmes, particularly for the low-income people.

Najib said that since taking over the national administration three years ago, he has often reminded elected representatives to give priority to the people's welfare in their programmes without discrimination and regard for political ideology.

"We are giving out the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M). Which government in the world gives RM500 to 80 per cent the country's households which earn less than RM3,000 a month?

"We do not discriminate. Even those who do not support us also benefit from the programme. They condemn and criticise us but, when it comes to money, they are at the head of the queue while our people are those who prop up the government, come rain or shine," he said.

Najib was speaking at the presentation of BR1M to people in the Rhu Rendang constituency at the Padang Astaka of the Marang District Council, here. Also present were Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said and state government leaders.

The prime minister said that in a span of three years, the government has implemented, besides BR1M, various other welfare programmes, including the 1Malaysia Shops (KR1M), and would carry out more such programmes given the mandate in the next general election.

He said the BN government is able to implement BR1M because it is financially strong and does not have to depend on external sources of funding as alleged by the opposition.

"When we talk of leadership, they link it to capability. We are able to implement BR1M without having to borrow from the World Bank or the IMF (International Monetary Fund) as alleged by the opposition.

"We are able to do all these because we manage the country well and can distribute the wealth to the people. We undertake huge projects in Kuala Lumpurso that we can stimulate the economy and, with the annual increase in revenue of five to six per cent, we are able to share with the people.

"The national revenue for 2010-2011 increased by RM26 billion and we used RM2.6 billion for the RM100 school aid and RM200 book voucher for STPM and tertiary students," he said.

Najib called on the people of Terengganu to ensure that the state remains in the hands of the BN government.

He said he hoped that the BN can capture the Rhu Rendang state seat and Marang parliamentary seat from PAS in the next general election so that the BN government can implement development programmes which PAS failed to carry out there thus far.

The BN chairman said PAS was in a state of flux and unclear of its political struggle since joining the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact.

"PAS has thrown out leaders such as (former Selangor PAS commissioner Datuk Dr) Hasan Ali, someone who truly struggled and spoke up for Islam and defended the faith, because it fears the DAP.

"The surprising thing is that over the past two days, there has emerged a champion of the Jews who is prepared to safeguard the security of the Zionists when we should be championing the plight of the innocent Palestinians," he said.

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