Published: Saturday September 22, 2012 MYT 7:29:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 22, 2012 MYT 8:05:25 PM
Najib: Taboo to hand over country to opposition
JOHOR BARU: The future of the nation is too valuable to be gambled away and it is considered a 'taboo' to hand over the country to the opposition, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
Speaking to Johor Umno delegates, Najib, who is Umno president, said every Umno member should galvanise their resources and strength to ensure that Barisan Nasional wins in the 13th general election.
"We cannot gamble our future, our future is too valuable...It is here (in Johor) where Umno was born, it has contributed a lot to the country. It is a taboo for us to hand over this country to them (opposition)," he said.
The Prime Minister said this when opening the combined conference of Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi, Tanjung Piai and Kulai Umno divisions at Persada Johor.
Describing the opposition as having 'zero credibility", the Prime Minister said they did nothing to develop the country, but only knew how to criticise, incite and make ridiculous promises.
He said a press report today quoted the view of a pro-opposition analyst at a function held in a church in Petaling Jaya that praised the changes and transformations implemented by the government, but also criticised the opposition which he described as 'lacking credibility'.
"The opposition lack credibility, they not only do not share a common symbol, their policies also differ with too many crises including their stand on the 'Hudud' law," he said.
In fact, Najib said, the opposition which frequently promoted the slogan "Road to Putrajaya", had yet to have a Shadow Cabinet that was in line with the parliamentary democracy model.
"They (the opposition) must begin with a Shadow Cabinet like in the democratic system of the Westminster model in Great Britain," he said.
"In Malaysia where is it (shadow cabinet), it is because they are scared. Scared of giving (Lim) Kit Siang what (position), maybe finance minister, Karpal Singh for law and what to give Mat Sabu, women's minister," he said.
The Prime Minister said that was why the opposition had "zero credibility", to the extent that they were afraid to form a shadow cabinet.
On the contrary, he said, Umno struggled for changes and transformation which were taking place in the country.