If you’re frustrated with the way the current ruling party is handling things, the best way to solve the problem is… Not vote against them to remove them from power.
DPM Datuk Seri Najib says: “A by-election like this is not the time to show that we are upset over certain small matters. We must use our heads to think about our future and not be influenced by our feelings and emotions.”
A reference to this, perhaps? Why the Chinese Act Like Chinese in Malaysia (or, Why the DAP is Not in Power)
I would agree with him. By-elections are important, but not the king-makers. The general elections are the time to vote incompetents out of power.
Note the key words in the Star report: choose a party that could ensure peace and stability, and a brighter future for all.
But I don’t really think he had any sinister undertones. It just can be looked at from that angle, if you’re really cynical and paranoid about the way politics run around here.
From The Star 11 Apr 2007:
Think about your future and don’t be influenced by emotions, Najib tells voters
MALACCA: Voters must not use a by-election to voice their frustration by staying away or choosing the opposition, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“A by-election like this is not the time to show that we are upset over certain small matters.
“We must use our heads to think about our future and not be influenced by our feelings and emotions,” he said when launching the Felda Tun Ghafar Menggong Medan Selera yesterday.
He urged voters to choose a party that could ensure peace and stability, and a brighter future for all.
Najib said he was confident of a good turnout during polling in the Machap by-election tomorrow.
“After meeting with voters here, I am more confident that Barisan will win in Machap and we will continue to work hard to get a bigger win than the general election,” he said.
At the launch of the Datuk Wira Poh Ah Tiam Recreational Park in Machap Baru later, Najib said history revealed a strong bond that existed among the races in Machap since 1902 when the Chinese helped to build a mosque here.
Meanwhile, the MCA is urging outstation voters to return to cast their votes tomorrow.
Party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said party leaders and members had focused on persuading these voters to exercise their right.
Ong said accusations by the opposition that polling day was deliberately set on a working day to their disadvantage were baseless.
“This will affect to our supporters as well. It is a decision made by the Election Commission and has nothing to do with Barisan Nasional,” he said.
Ong also asked the Selangor MCA to start preparations ahead of the Ijok by-election even though the constituency was not Chinese majority.
“The MCA will go all out to campaign for the Barisan Nasional candidate in Ijok,” he said.