Thursday, April 01, 2010

Muhyiddin won’t be dragged into 1 Malaysia polemics

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today he would not be dragged into polemics with DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang over the 1 Malaysia issue.

He said he did not need Lim to evaluate him as it was the people who should gauge his contribution to the country.

“I’ve been in politics for over 40 years and the people know what I’ve said and implemented; there is no need to prolong the issue,” he told reporters after opening the ground-breaking ceremony of Innate Synergy Sdn Bhd’s bitumen depot here today.

He said the people could see for themselves who was racist.

Lim, who is Ipoh Timur MP, challenged Muhyiddin recently to resign as the deputy prime minister, claiming that he had failed to admit that he was “Malaysian first, Malay second”.

This, Lim claimed, was not in line with the 1 Malaysia concept mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the people are now more confident and have a clearer understanding of the country’s vision under Najib’s leadership.

“Datuk Seri Najib’s administration is reaching its first anniversary and we already see transformation taking place in the country starting with the 1 Malaysia concept.

“The people are beginning to accept 1 Malaysia and understand the mission to turn the country into a developed nation by 2020,” he said when asked to comment on Najib’s administration which celebrates its first anniversary this week.

Najib became the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia on April 3, last year.

Muhyiddin said the most important initiative launched by Najib so far is the New Economic Model in which the government strives to transform the country’s economy into a high-income economy.

He said there was also a shift in the government’s delivery system which is now more focused with the introduction of six National Key Result Areas. — Bernama

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