Published: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 11:09:00 PM
Najib: Umno accepts criticisms to improve
By LOSHANA K SHAGAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno can accept comments and learn to improve, said president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Speaking at the party's media appreciation night on Saturday, he said the party "always practise openness to criticisms and suggestions."
"We don't reject criticism as long as it is not negative and based on facts," the prime minister said.
Najib said the transformation programmes implemented by the government were more credible compared to the programmes proposed by the opposition in the Buku Jingga.
"Market analysts have remarked that programmes such as the Government Transformation Programme, Urban Transformation Centres, rural development programs and Budget 2013 are more credible, doable and market-friendly," he said.
Najib noted that if the Opposition's promises had been implemented in the first year after the 2008 general election, the country's revenue and expenditure would not be balanced.
"If that happens, we will have to borrow for our operations expenditure. That is a signal that the country is in a complicated situation, and soon join the ranks of some European countries which are facing a crisis," he said.
Najib added that Umno and Barisan Nasional had steered the country well and the party would continue working to ensure a victory in the upcoming general election.
"I can guarantee that Umno knows how to count votes during the election, and we are always transparent as we accept comments and learn to improve ourselves," he said.