Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reminded Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen that wealth and qualifications will not guarantee that they will remain popular among voters.
On the contrary, the prime minister said the support of the voters to elected representatives would remain strong if they continue to provide good deeds and services to the people.
"We must strive to be better, effective and well-liked elected representatives. When the people love us, they will remember us for a long time.
"I know of elected representatives, we can even call them PPRT (hardcore poor scheme) elected representatives... some even called themselves PPRT elected representatives but they are still popular.
"This proves, if we are wealthy, it does not mean we will be popular. Some elected representatives, they are wealthy but they do not stay long.. some only one term... some with degrees, after one term.. They (people) had enough, they want new persons," he added.
He was speaking a dinner with members of the State Assemblymen's Club at his residence, Sri Perdana,last night.
Also present was his wife Rosmah Mansor.
Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the people's support for the BN was increasing day by day and that this was clearly evident during his visits to the states, including Sabah and Sarawak.
Waiting to meet Zulkifly
As such, he reminded BN elected representatives to work very hard to ensure the BN obtained a resounding victory in the next general election.
At the same time, Najib also took to task the Opposition which he said was only good at slandering him and making all sorts of promises to the people but had yet to deliver despite two years having passed.
He said the Opposition's big lie started with its attempt to take over the government in 2008 purportedly with the support of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and military.
"They tried to entice BN MPs to cross over but when their assemblymen deserted them, started screaming at the BN.
"The question is who was planning the coup...who started this game. For them everything is "halal" (permissible), the end justifies the means, Because in politics, for them facts are not important, only perception," he said.
Najib also said that he was waiting to meet Kulim-Bandar Baru MP, Zulkifli Noordin, who had alleged in Parliament that he was offered a large sum of money to implicate the prime minister and his wife in the murder of Mongolian woman , Altantunya Shaaribuu.
"Others do not dare to swear their innocence, I do. No need to frame people because we can plan but it is God who will determine the outcome...if we are onthe right path there is nothing to worry," he added. — Bernama