Published: Saturday January 26, 2013 MYT 7:31:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 26, 2013 MYT 10:54:36 PM
Najib: Malaysians' expectations, demand have increased
KUALA LUMPUR: People's expectations and demand of the government have increased, and this should be well understood to ensure Barisan Nasional's victory in the next general election, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
Najib, who is Barisan chairman, said having realised this, the government was determined to do things differently and work as hard as possible.
"We need to realise that people are not going to give their votes to you based on how much you've done in the past.
"But people would say, 'what can you do right now and for the future'," he told a CNN televised session entitled 'An Insight, An Idea with Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak' at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
Najib noted that nobody could deny the fact that Umno and BN had pursued an agenda for development after fighting for the country's independence.
On Barisan's failure to win a two-thirds majority in the 2008 general election, Najib explained one of the factors was that people had become more critical in tandem with advances in technology and communication, as well as the use of social media.
At the end of the interview, the prime minister was queried about his plans if given the mandate to rule by voters in the country's 13th general election.
He responded by saying that the government had stated publicly that it wanted to see Malaysia become a fully developed nation by 2020.
"And I'm committed to do everything and anything possible to make it happen and if I get my second term, that's exactly what I'll do."