Makkal Sakti no threat, Najib tells BN

(Bernama) – Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should not view the Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party’s (MMSP) support for the coalition as a threat to their own well being, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He said what was important was for solidarity to prevail in the coalition irrespective of whether the support came from individuals or organisations.

“If we are to look at it solely from the technical aspects, it is we who will lose because in the end, it is up to the people as to how they want to support the BN, whether through the MIC, People’s Progressive Party, Gerakan or Makkal Sakti.

“What is important is the objectives, success and victory of the BN,” he told a gathering of MMSP members here today.

Najib said the support of the Indian community for the BN had strengthened further following its disillusionment by the failure of the opposition to fulfil pledges it made to them after the last general election.

Proof of this was seen in the Bagan Pinang by-election last year where the largely Indian community in the state constituency backed the BN, he said.

As such, Najib said he hoped the Indian community appreciated what the government was doing for them, like the provision of RM130 million in its two economic stimulus packages to build and upgrade Tamil schools throughout the country.

He said this and other allocations given by the government to the community showed the government’s fairness in treating all communities equally.

Besides these, he said, the 1 Malaysia concept introduced by him had also attracted supporters and members of MMSP to back the BN because it championed the interests of each and every Malaysian.

“Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party knows the government is sincere in treating everyone fairly and that I am prime minister for all races and ethnic groups.

“No race or ethnic group will be marginalised or sidelined in the process of development of the country,” he added.